Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," and 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 Sockdolager (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 began cruising on Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. In 2018 we cruised up to Glacier Bay, Alaska, and back. But in 2024 we had the chance to buy Sockdolager back (we missed her), so we sold Raven. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Monday, December 5, 2011

At anchor in Bahia Santa Maria

Just outside of Magdalena Bay is a big, windswept cove at which we arrived yesterday afternoon. Sighting our friends Dennis and Marta aboard "Reunion" already at anchor (we first met them in Port Townsend,) Sockdolager came thundering into the anchorage under full sail and a foaming bow wave, passing just astern of them and then dropping anchor in what we call our Flying Downwind Moor, which is a lot of fun and a lot of bother if you don't do it right. But the hook set, followed by the sun, and after another 14-hour post-passage nap we feel great. Can't wait to post some photos and get our email, but that'll have to wait until we get to Cabo, another 160 miles. The passage from Turtle Bay was another good one, though with lots more wind and seas. For now we are enjoying this magnificent solitude at anchor in the middle of nowhere.

Sent via our Ham radio.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there...great posts! Sounds like some nice times on the water! If you are still in Santa Maris, I think CJ and cathy on SV Shannon are just around the corner in mag Bay

    We are here in La Paz, and have some pretty strong northerlys blowing...20-25 in the anchorage.

    Looking forward to seeing you, if you are coming this way. We will leave here after the first of the year to go to the mainland (probably Mazatlan, or PV) where the rumors say it is warmer and less wind!

    Sail Safe Tom & Jeanne SV Eagle