For sailors leaving the protected waters of North America's Pacific Northwest, this is often the first offshore/overnight passage of a grand sailing adventure. And it can be a daunting one… even with tens of thousands of offshore miles under our keels, I'll admit I suffered a few sleepless nights ahead of time. Hence, my theory: … Continue reading Passage PNW to San Francisco – Thoughts and Tips
I'm reminded of Ben's apt comment in a video of Hydroquest departing the Marquesas (and I quote) "Sorry we haven't checked in with you... turns out there're other things to do on land". Haha, yup! We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at 2pm on Monday August 28th, 2017!!!! What a feeling - whether you're … Continue reading Arrived in San Fran & Photos
We are into the shotgun departures! Two nights in Crescent City were much appreciated to break up the trip, catch up on sleep, enjoy celebratory coffee and beer, and see part of California's 'Wild Rivers Coast'. More on that later. We had no plans to leave yesterday, Saturday; we'd rented a car and spent the … Continue reading Doesn’t get much nicer
A quick update - it's been a foggy day. Radar is key for dodging fishing boats as none of them seem to transmit AIS. We keep a close watch. We're making good time, heading for Crescent City, Northern California. We should arrive around 6am tomorrow morning. Looking forward to it! This morning I saw a … Continue reading Shark Fin and Fog
Our position: 45*42'N 124*54'W Motor sailing at 7knots 172*T I may have given yesterday's position incorrectly (the chart plotter cursor position, not the boat - whoops!) So sailing through fog through the night... it's interesting. Just before sunset last night, the fog started closing in on us and the wind picked up at the same … Continue reading Fog all night
47*42'.1N 124*56'.5W Heading due south 19nm off Hoh Head We were up at 5am to catch a ride on the magic carpet - a strong ebb tide out the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Two other BCA boats (SV Double Deuce and SV Angelique) had already departed in the wee hours of the morning. Hopefully … Continue reading The Big Left Turn
I've been pinching myself to make sure I'm not just dreaming... are things actually coming together? Are we really going to be able to start another adventure? Or will some other major issue rear its ugly head at the last moment? The MASSIVE MAST JOB went incredibly smoothly, all things considered. Of course there were … Continue reading Mast and Go!
It's official… we’re (almost) off cruising again. SV Kaiquest, our Jeanneau SO 43, is (almost) ready to set sail south to California. We’ve owned her for exactly the same amount of time we owned Hydroquest, so she - and we - are itching for new horizons and adventures. I’ve been trying to find time … Continue reading Just A Last Minute Mast
"The Boat" is finally a reality again!
A question we are often asked: ‘What is the hardest part about cruising?’ Without a doubt, the hardest part – more demanding than the stress of preparing a boat, tougher than night watches, big seas, and lightning storms – has been coming back from cruising. It’s not at all because we don’t love it at … Continue reading Questions and Answers