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Toto, we’re not in Austin anymore

Road Trip complete… Spadefoot, Oren, and I spent about 30 hours driving from Austin to Richmond Yacht Club.  1727 miles.  The trip, spread over 3 days, was uneventful except the 20-30mph headwinds we had across most of New Mexico, Arizona, and California.  At times we going 55 mph due to …

Shearwater, bow up, and in a hurry to get to Vancouver.

Shearwater – 2015 – A Year in Review

Geez, it’s been almost a year since we’ve posted to this blog, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped sailing Shearwater. Far from it. Shearwater is happy in Bellingham, and we’ve been up to visit as often as practical. • In March we raced Patos Island, starting in Sidney, BC. We …

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Golden Gate fly by!

Over Memorial Day Weekend we went for a leisurely sail out to El Pacifico.  The idea was to do some downwind practice with the autopilot in some swells.  We got in some good, fast rides, but not exactly what we expected.  We made a short video of the tour of …

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Florida to Texas – 96 hours of wheel time

After bidding our friends who had come to spend a few days in the Florida Keys with us good-bye, we returned to Shearwater and quickly put her in passage-making mode: dinghy stowed, hatches sealed, safety gear accessible, jacklines and harnesses ready.  We left Marathon at 4pm, at high tide since …

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Cruising in the “tropics” – ehhhh

After Shearwater arrived in Florida in early June, we began to finalize our plans to retrieve her and bring her to Texas.  Since we would need to take the boat around the south coast of Florida anyway, it seemed like a no-brainer to make a short vacation out of the …

Shearwater has been loaded onto the Sevenstar ship "Schippersgracht".

So close!

With luck, tomorrow will be Shearwater’s return to the good ol’ US of A.  She was loaded onto a Sevenstar ship (the M/S Schippersgracht) on May 24th, after a last minute change that required a delivery skipper to move her from Gibraltar to Spain – but everything else seems to …

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Porto to Gibraltar – Round 2

Two weeks ago in conjunction with the Easter Holiday, we flew to Porto with plans to sail Shearwater to Gibraltar where she would meet up with a SevenStar yacht transport ship to make her way to Florida.  Unfortunately, the weather gods did not get the message that spring had arrived, …

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Virtual Winds & Weather4D Pro

Next weekend we fly to Porto to move Shearwater down the coast to Gibraltar.  It’s roughly 500nm to the rock and a nice chance to try all of the changes we’ve made to Shearwater since arriving in Porto last summer.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are already …

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There and back again

Oh yes, it’s Hobbit time and like the good fellow Bilbo Baggins we are about to embark on a memorable journey.    After a few months of maybe here, maybe there, we got the official word this week that I am transferring back to Austin, TX.  But hey, I got a …