"Love is lak de sea. It's a movin' thing, but still and all, it takes its
shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore." (1)
Northeast Pacific circuit
San Francisco - Mexico - Central America - Galapagos - Marquesas -
Hawaii - San Francisco
September 1996 to October 1997
My crew starting this trip were Marc and Anna Syvertsen.
I met Marc and Anna through their "Want to crew" ad in
Latitude 38's classifieds.
After some phone chat and email, they flew out from Madison, Wisconsin for a weekend trial
sail, which went well. They live in Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin.
finished his MS in Mechanical Engineering, and Anna is taking a break from her PhD work in
Composition Studies, studying the relationship between writing and learning.
They're also active lake racers in dinghies and keelboats.
Also "crew" on the boat:
- The GPS, Yorick. Favorite quote: "(Alas,) Poor GPS Coverage".
- Happy Adventure, aka Happy, the kayak.
- The inflatable, Simply Messing, aka Messy.
- Merri, short for Merrimac, the Monitor windvane self steering.
- The ship's mascot, Courage, the cow.
- Our autohelm is named Cowboy Neal.
- ...and on percussion, we have Thumper, our watermaker.
- We call the radar Delphi. You can ask her any question, but she'll
tell you what she wants you to know, and some interpretation is required.
- In September (barely), we left
San Francisco to LA photos.
LA to San Diego photos.
- In late October, we entered
Entering in the
Baja Ha-Ha III.
After some R&R, we went to
Next stop, a week in
A bit of
excitement crossing the Sea of Cortez.
A word about the
Chacala Project .
Our own visit to lovely
Eight days in
Puerto Vallarta .
I visited the
Pre-Colombian Cultural Museum. Now so can you.
We spent a month in beautiful
January: a touching
Birthday Card to the skipper from the fearless crew.
email from Acapulco, Feb. 11, 1997.
- Feb. 24- Mar. 3, we visited
Info about Guatemala.
- Mar. 6-7 and again Mar. 12-15, we stayed in
- The latter 4 days we relaxed at
- Mar. 7-12, we were in
- No photos yet, but here's a picture of
- Mar. 16-28, we were in
email from San Juan del Sur, Mar. 26, 1997.
- March 30 - April 23, we visited
- May 1, at 0120
we crossed the equator at 88deg 53.3min W longitude.
visited to induct the new Shellbacks and sip champagne.
- May 2-12, we were in
the Galapagos Islands, Equador.
Here's up-to-date Galapagos ecological news from
- There's a lot of island history and biological info at
Charles Darwin Research Center.
- June 3-13 we visited
The Marquesas, French Polynesia,
at the time an Overseas Department of France,
"overseas country inside the Republic"
(pays d'outre-mer au sein de la République).
- We arrived in
Hawaii, USA, on July 1.
- I sent an
email from Honolulu.
We left Aug. 21.
- Back so soon? Another
email from Honolulu.
We left again Sept. 13.
- Here's a
photo of my Hawaii-SF crew
, Greg Osgood and Mark Kintz, ready to depart.
- On October 3, we got back home to
San Francisco, California, USA.
- I'll write up the homeward sail report soon.
- As a side effect of this sailing trip, I've become a
HAM radio operator,
No worries, Mate!
(1) The opening quote is copyrighted material © 1937 by
Zora Neal Hurston,
renewed © 1965 by John C. Hurston and Joel Hurston, from the
book Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Used here with thanks
but without permission.