Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," and more recently, our Bigfoot29 powerboat, "Raven," from Port Townsend, Washington, USA. In 2009 we sailed north from Puget Sound up the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands (now called Haida Gwaii.) In 2010 we went back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. In July 2011 we left the Northwest, sailed to Mexico, and in March 2012 we crossed the Pacific to French Polynesia, then on to the Cooks, Niue and Tonga. We spent several months in New Zealand, and in May 2013 loaded the boat (and ourselves) on a container ship for San Francisco. In June and July 2013 we sailed north along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, and in August we arrived home. In October 2016 Sockdolager found new owners, and we are now enjoying Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. In 2018 we cruised up to Glacier Bay, Alaska, and back. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

In Tofino, East Clayoquot Sound

Under sail in the big rolling Pacific swells and a SE wind that we wished was stronger, we trundled right up the coast past thundering breakers, squadrons of pelicans (??) and two humpback whales spy-hopping to get a look at us. Also saw the first sooty shearwaters of the trip. Have been counting marbled murrelets for a friend who studies them. The boat performed magnificently and we are now at anchor in Tofino Harbor, tired but pleased. After today, we figure internet access might be more limited to the north of here.

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