The hardest part of cruising

I don’t want to be here right now. We’re living in Totem on the hardstand, on stilts in a Thai shipyard. There is a lot of noise, and a lot of dirt, and a lot of chaos. Chunks of Totem’s interior are torn up. We climb a wobbly ladder with a rise that must be double a […]

Live Like Alex

News of the untimely passing of Alex Rust in May left us shocked and saddened. We met Alex in 2010, when he was crossing the Pacific on his boat Bubbles. Alex’s zest for life stood out among cruisers, a crowd generally notable for their joie de vivre. It made his death at 28 seem all the […]

This is how I’ll remember her

Diana Jessie at the helm of Totem, tacking through a fresh breeze on Banderas Bay: smile on her face, wind in her hair. We have lost a dearly loved member of our family. Diana and her husband Jim came into my life through through Jamie: he originally met them while backpacking through Europe in the […]