Figure 8 voyage

I love a good story told well and there’s one in the making right now on the open ocean. I first met Randall Reeves at the boatyard last spring. He was yelling unkind words at his boat on a hot day under an even hotter clear tarp, struggling with the gooey stinky task of replacing his non-skid deck. I felt for him- it looked like quite a project. But then I heard about the real project- a non-stop mad dash around both poles in one season, alone – the figure 8 voyage. THAT would be a real task! We stayed in touch and when the time came to see him out the gate I managed to clear my charter schedule to take the cameramen and press out to see him off. It was the foggiest, coldest day yet, with lots of shipping traffic everywhere and a decent sloppy swell running – not an easy exit. Several fellow cruisers sailed out with him and after lots of footage was taken and even a sketchy drone flight over open ocean in rolling seas in the fog we turned around and left Randall in peace to continue his voyage.

That night from my warm, cozy and relatively still bunk I thought of Randall out there alone on the open ocean and opened up his really cool tracker to see exactly where he was and what his weather was doing.

He was making good time on the first day and appeared to be pretty far from major shipping traffic too. I was stoked when the daily blog reports started coming in because Randall is a good storyteller and has a sense of humor that made me instantly like the guy. If you want to see how this story continues be sure to follow his blog here!

A big voyage in a small boat…

Who says you need a big boat and a big budget to go cruising? Meet my friend Ben and also meet out little mahogany dinghy “Puff”. Over the years I’ve had lots of small adventures on “Puff” with my kids so when my friend Ben Shaw mentioned wanting to do some small boat voyaging around the bay this summer I offered up little “Puff” and the challenge was a go…. read Ben’s blog to find out what it was like spending a week sailing, sleeping and voyaging in an 8 foot dinghy on a long loop around San Francisco Bay at shawkeane.wordpress The adventure was epic and I have a feeling it won’t be his last on “Puff” either!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwKrBdXSrx4&feature=share

This season I had the pleasure of sailing with Sophie and helping her learn the ropes, so to speak… learning to sail her own boat through spending some time crewing for me. Here is an awesome little video from her YouTube channel “sailing with Sophie” if you like it be sure to subscribe to her channel to see her progression in sailing- Sophie is not one of those who dreams about going sailing- she is making her dreams real!

Going solar all the way with GoSun

Ok so you may recall that we cast off our shore power for good this summer with new solar panels, charge controller and inverter/charger (thanks again dad for the panels!) We have had our first few cloudy/foggy days where the sun barely peeped out at all and I still had fully charged batteries by mid afternoon so it looks like we might be able to ditch the grid forever!

Next up is solar cooking. My son Julius was super excited to get a GoSun oven for summer solstice but unfortunately it wasn't tightened down quite right and the glass vacuum tube crashed and broke on him after just two meals (awesome ones, too)! The good people at GoSun just sent us a new one, no questions asked.

So far, I LOVE it!

No fuel, just sun.

Easy to fill, easy to clean, no oven heat in the galley on a hot day.

Here's a quick look at how it works…

Insert a tray into the glass vacuum tube and set in the sun for about 30 minutes…

Yum! Eggplant baked with pesto and zucchini both out of JJ's garden.

Below is the kids favorite organic hot dogs wrapped in pizza dough- remember pigs in a blanket?

If you're interested in purchasing one for yourself or for a gift click here:

Gosun sport

If you know anyone with a boat or who likes to camp it's an awesome gift!

If you want it to be super portable get the sport pro pack with two trays and a carrying case.

GoSun Sport Pro Pack

Go solar!

Ah the lovely lady “Alma”

Scow schooners are near and dear to my heart and none more so than the Alma… come to Maritime Day next Saturday august 5th and see her up close at our dock, listen to some rockin waterfront music, eat fish and chips, see boatbuilding demonstrations and take a free boat ride on Carodon!