I got into sailing after graduating from college. My first
boat was an old Snark, a car-top sailboat from the 60's. A friend
and I bought it to learn something new and explore the outdoors of our
new home on the east coast. The dream of sailing the world was soon born as I sailed on local ponds in
From this small beginning, I took a weekend class on
"big boat" handling on a 30' sailboat at Annapolis Sailing School and
chartered a few boats in the San Juan islands with
friends. When I returned to live in Washington a few years later I
bought a derelict San Juan 21 and restored her on nights and weekends
before sailing her for a year on local lakes and Puget Sound.
dream lived on and when Cath and I started dating we began planning
to live the dream together. Less than three years later we left for
what we hope to be the vacation of a lifetime!
While growing up in Seattle, my introduction to sailing came from
several San Juan and Gulf Island charters with my parents. By the
time I was 11, my parents had a Skookum 53 ketch built in Port
Townsend. My parents' dream had been for us to circumnavigate;
however, work and other priorities kept them from going offshore.
However, we did enjoy coastal cruising around Puget Sound and the
San Juan Islands in Washington, and the Gulf Islands and Desolation
Sound in British Columbia. We also enjoyed some warm weather
sailing, while chartering in the Caribbean.
My only blue water
experience prior to our decision to go cruising, was being part of a
return crew of a Vic-Maui boat while I was in college. We sailed the
67' Charley, from Maui to San Francisco.
I had not sailed since college, but began sailing with Ken on his
San Juan; and soon we were discussing cruising and scouring the
sailing magazines for possible cruising boats. Before we knew it, we
were sailing out of Elliot Bay marina starting our new cruising