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Day 3- finding our rhythm

24 hour run: 128 nautical milesDistance to go: almost ready to be out of denialConditions: ghosting along at 4-5 knots It's happening. With three full days behind us, we're finally hitting a comfortable rhythm. Jamie and I have gotten over the physical and emotional lows we started with on Thursday. The food and random gear […]

Getting away

First 24 hour distance traveled: 140 nautical milesDistance to go: 2800+ milesConditions: close reaching in mostly 12-15 knots, comfortable 8' swells Getting away can be the hardest part. It's the reason so many people dream of cruising, but never do it. It's just so easy to have a list of things that must be done, […]

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Underway

We’re currently working our way north from Zihuatenejo to Banderas Bay. This is generally considered the uphill direction, although we were lucky and had light southerlies for much of the first half of the distance. The worst we can say of that trip was that we had foul current and didn’t catch any fish. OK, […]

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Making progress south

Although we left Eagle Harbor back on August 21, in many ways it was the departure from Alameda, and the SF Bay, on October 13 that marked the beginning of what Niall long ago christened The Big Trip. The Seattle departure was without the children, since we wanted to spare them the discomfort and probable […]

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Charmed arrival in San Francisco

Placid conditions under the Golden GateOriginally uploaded by behang We came under the Golden Gate bridge around 4:30 on Thursday afternoon. Although they were absent from the rest of the passage, we had dolphins in pairs visiting us on and off for the hours preceding that cruise under the bridge. Between their escort, and the […]

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Departure Day

welcome to day 1Originally uploaded by behang Departure Day It was just after noon on Thursday, August 21, 2008 that Jamie and I finally cast off the docklines—departing Bainbridge Island to begin a nomadic life afloat as a family. Over the last two weeks, we’d kept a count of days-to-departure updated on the whiteboard affixed […]

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