Saturday, July 16, 2016

Adventures at Sea

It's wonderful to be on a boat where everything works! And if it breaks, Kimber, Alejandro,or Lad can fix it. I'm halfway decent at downwind driving, so I can keep the boat steady while they do what they need to do to set up the spinnaker, wing out the jib, trouble shoot one of two auto steering machines, or write blog posts. Lad makes navigation look easy (since the system was set up by Bill Myers, it is easy!) and we are on course for the partys in Kaneohe. Lad is great at team building and making sure we all get plenty of rest, food, and hydration, and that Shadowside is organized and clean. We are all loving sailing on a ketch--it track so well down wind, the motion is really comfortable (Kimber just said she hates the galley. That may be for any galley under way, so she's strapping in right now to the West Marine kitchen strap.) Fortunately, Alejandro is a chef so we have had iron chef meals from the great provisions organized by Donna. I do want to note that we made such good time the first day because Kimber and Alejandro were all over making the appropriate sail adjustments as conditions changed--reefing, furling, raising and lowering sails as needed in bumpy conditions. Thanks so much for all your comments. We love our ground crew! This is a dream come true for all of us, and it's great to listen to each other's stories on night watch and get to know each other. Cheers, Kathy

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  1. Kathy, what you wrote brought tears of gratitude and joy to my eyes. I am so happy that you all are having this experience together. BTW, Lad has told me you are 'way more than "halfway decent" at downwind driving! Thank you for keeping the blog up as we miss you all and love hearing about you! - Burke

  2. Hello! Waggoners here. A note for Kimber. We are currently sitting by a crackling fire, waiting for it to die down before climbing into our huuuuge tent next to the sleeping girls. Today was a good one - a morning run with pili that painfully highlighted my age, swim class where both girls are making leaps and bounds, a "surf" at the Alameda beach and then straight up the hills to Chabot for a night of s'mores and sleeping bags. I start my new job on Monday and I'm pretty excited - my old team made a big poster for me and gave me a card and certificate to my fav restaurant, so...I guess they'll miss me. Feels good to have some validation, to be honest. Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to drive the heep at 45 mph to Sacramento for a baby shower. Wish me luck. Sending you tons of hugs.

  3. Great update Kathy. Keep up the amazing sail, Fearless Foursome. And keep up the great blog posts.

  4. And keep a close eye on that weather as you are approaching Hawaii . . . .

  5. Loving the blog Kathy. Looking forward to reading it each morning. Are you flying the spinnaker yet ? I know photos take up a lot of bandwidth but would love to see one of crew, perhaps at a crew change time.