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.)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tonga to NZ Day 8

It's a bit bumpy and thus a bit hard to type. All is well. We are motor sailing hard on the wind hoping for it to turn more west soon. Sunny and cool. 425 miles to go.

Tom's quote of the day: "It's like sailing through a giant undulating bowl of dark blue jello", describing yesterday's conditions.

Note to Karen: I miss you and wish you were here.


  1. Looks like from the winlink locations plotted that you are making fine progress westerly. This to anticipate the change of winds.

    Also looking ahead generally I think that the weather looks good (safe at least). We are all praying and rooting for you both for continued progress and soon safe arrival.

    Dave Jaquette

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    1. Uh, er, note to Helmeyer: You get a hug too, K2. Hey, what if ALL the Karens we know posted... oh wow, a Karen in every port!