Author Archives: Alex

Swear like a sailor.

My hands won’t stop shaking. I feel like I’m in a movie where a recently traumatized character frantically attempts to shake a cigarette out of its box only to find themselves unable to hold the lighter to light it. That’s … Continue reading

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On My Way

I often wonder what others think life is like underway.  I assume some people picture us sipping rum drinks watching the sun melt behind a feature-less horizon.  Others (mom?) may picture us bobbing around in a dark windswept landscape wearing … Continue reading

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Joy to the World

You know those slap-to-the-face moments.  The ones where you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you don’t fully appreciate the situation, then you stop, take a fresh look around and SLAP you realize how amazing it actually is. This … Continue reading

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To Mock a Bird Killing

Intended to post this one a while ago … Hanamonae Bay, on the northwest end of the island of Tahuata in the Marquesas, has got it all.  Its smooth white sand beach is lined with coconut trees, limes, pamplemouse and … Continue reading

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Being Boarded

This blog will be a lot more interesting if you take a second to get a shared sense of what its like to sail/motor into 45 kt head winds. Start by consolidating the entirety of your belongings into your bedroom, … Continue reading

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Leaving Mexico (in five short acts)

When leaving a country by plane, I hardly even remember the exit visa process. Its painless. Hand your passport to a drowsy looking official who stares blankly at you, flips to an empty page and bids you farewell. Clearing Mexico … Continue reading

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Point Conception: check.

Point Conception certainly has built up a reputation. Cruising guides, internet forums, blog posts (including this one) all have the same quote: “Point Conception: Cape Horn of the West Coast”. Obviously the conditions aren’t anywhere near as treacherous as Cape … Continue reading

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Sea Beast

“What on earth is that noise?”. It sounded like someone had just turned on a dentist’s drill in the cockpit. It was 4am, and we reluctantly got (back) up to check it out. We’d just had a rough nights sleep, … Continue reading

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The Picture

“Haul in the line! … Wait, no. Let go of the line!”. We had just minutes ago passed under the golden gate, passing around our bottle of rum, toasting each other, the trip, and posing for the picture … which … Continue reading

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Ha Ha

Anyone who knows us well enough knows that we rarely know where we’re going next let alone when.  This is particularly true when it comes to travel. Those same people are about to have their minds blown. October 24th at … Continue reading

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