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JUNESSA will be heading out on a 27,000 mile voyage in July 2014
PHANTOM 2+ Drone above JUNESSA
RICK 121,628
07/15/2014, Puget Sound, Washington

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Rick 106,466
07/14/2014, Puget Sound, Washington

Just a quick update....

I was ready to start my grand adventure around the americas.... then I played with fireworks... I ended up getting 3rd degree burns on my right hand and will not be able to reach the Northwest Passage in time. So... Plan B is now going into effect.

I'll be cruising with my girls for a couple weeks then I'll shove off solo to the South Pacific (Unless my Dad wants to go) and then Terri will meet me for the return trip to the Pacific Northwest.

I spent A LOT OF MONEY and dreaming for this big trip, but it just wasn't meant to be. It's time to concentrate on cursing with my family! :)

More to come!!!!

I shot this from my Phantom drone! Pretty cool!!!
My Dad and I took JUNESSA out for a quick spin and tested the Phantom out...

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07/15/2014 | Douglas
Gee, Rick , sorry to read about your fireworks accident, and having to change plans.
So S Pacific is back up plan "B", not bad , but maybe to late to start that trip this year, Ouch ! What wind speed grounds your drone ?
07/16/2014 | Richard Angel
It is important to spend time cursing with your family! Airborne all the way!
07/18/2014 | Bud
Good luck Rick! May you have a speedy recovery and may you always have the sea room to ease the sheets let that classic beauty foot wherever you may sail. The guys at work will miss your talent though and Cornell's PN 17 leads where? Just kidding! - Bud
07/04/2014, Puget Sound, Washington

Sorry for the lack of posts.... Technical difficulties!! (I've been trying to customize this blog into something with a google map/earth that updates with my current position and it just isn't working for me)

Anyways, the big day is approaching and the stress levels are thru the roof, not only my own, but my entire family!

The boat is 90% ready to sail and my mental state is up and down on this whole adventure... I like to explain its like having a coin toss... heads-I'm going to miss my family so much and worry about them! Tails- I've been dreaming of this adventure for so many years and spent almost my entire saving to go. That coin is being flipped and landing randomly thru out the day!!!! Happy! SAD! Happy! Sad!

I'll post more in the next couple days... gotta run! More boat projects to knock out!

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Rick, 111,107
06/06/2014, Puget Sound, Washington


I've been pretty busy preparing JUNESSA for this upcoming voyage! I'll try to get on here more often now that the departure date is getting closer!

As you can see by the ice report from June 6th, the Northwest Passage is still packed full of ice!!!!! Plan A is still to head North and thru the NWP, heading down the Eastern Seaboard to Cape Horn and back up the Western Seaboard back home.... about 7 or 8 months voyage! (did I mention NON-STOP-UNASSISTED?)

When I plan, I plan BIG!!!! :)


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06/11/2014 | Terri
Soooo, "Plan A" if the ice melts.... don't forget to tell the Wife what "Plan B" is. Love you!
06/27/2014 | graham
A HUGE Adventure.. Very Best Wishes.. Certainly going to be tough at times.. Hopefully the exhilaration of the great moments will more than offset them.. If I could recommend one book to take along it would be Bernard Moitessier's 'The Long Way'.. might help to keep focused on life's purpose. Good Luck Rick.. G
Rick, 109,550

Please check out this worthwhile organization. Matt Rutherford is the founder of and was the first person in history to complete a non-stop, single-handed, voyage around North and South America, counter-clockwise.

His team will complete first ever continent to continent marine debris survey leaving Oakland, California for Fukuoka, Japan using a high speed trawl net to generate a data set to add to the global understanding of how much marine debris is on the ocean's surface and to discover how ocean plastics threaten marine life and human health.

Best of luck to Matt and his team!

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Rick, 109,550
04/13/2014, Ft. Greely, Alaska

Well, the SEA LAUNCH gig didn't pan out... They had some "technical" difficulties and sent us back to our "regular" jobs. I'm back on duty up North.

I gave my official leave of absence to my employer, so I can concentrate on the big voyage starting in a couple months! I've been planning this for a long time and always found an excuse to put it off until next year... well, my very supportive family has given me the green light to go and get back in one piece! :)

I'll be working long hours on JUNESSA to get her ready to take on the Americas. I know the To-DO-List is long, but I'm confident once I get the momentum going, I'll be testing the systems in June. Stay tuned for updates and youtube vids of my progress. I bought two new GoPro3+ Blacks... for the videos! :)
I would love to start a weekly video update... maybe!

Thanks for checking back here!!!!

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Rick, 109,012
03/29/2014, LONG BEACH, CA

I'm on my last job assignment before my big voyage... SEA-LAUNCH We'll be flying support for a rocket launch at the Equator near Christmas Island! Pretty cool! I get paid to be at sea!!! I like this job!!!
When I get back from Sea-Launch I'll be preparing JUNESSA for a 27,000 mile solo, non-stop voyage.... If all goes well, I should be back at my starting point in under 8 months! I plan to film the voyage from the decks, under the water and in the air from a Phantom 2 drone...
Stay tuned for updates and a new website.

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04/03/2014 | Rich Littke
Have you checked out Drake Paragon's latest youtube video at
The List Goes On and On!
rick 106,466
01/08/2014, puget Sound, Washington

Ahoy! from FrostBanks Alaska! (I have to build up the sailing kitty to pay for all the projects!)

Speaking of PROJECTS, here's what's on the project list to knock out prior to this summer:

Install AirBreeze Wind Gen
Install two solar panels
Install Alt Energy control panel
Install Uridium Satphone base station w/antenna
Mount SSB radio (shelf or brackets) & test Pactor Modem
Install start battery with switch and charging options
Possibly replace aging CB panels and rewire
Build/Install louver companion way doors
Build/Install teak cockpit grate
Build/Install provisions to hold 10 jerry cans of fuel
Improve the battery tie-downs
Service the motor
Service all the winches

Then comes the systems tests/shake down! :)

Test all electronics
Test the email components (SSB/Pactor Modem/Iridium Satphone to computer
Test Autopilots
Test Capehorn windvane
Test sea anchor
Test the Storm Trysail
Test all bulge pumps
Test Exposure Suit
Test watermaker
and the list goes on and on...... I'm tired just typing it out! yicks!!!

I'm hoping to post some BIG news SOON!!
Stay Tuned! :)

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02/14/2014 | Theresa
Hi Rick thanks for sharing your Alaska trip on YouTube My husband and I watch it; will just say a lot. Best wishes and congratulations on the wedding. We need more videos. One question though we were just watching another favorite video I think you know him Alex Dorsey well. Was that you in his video with the Alaska hat on?
Rick, 103.589
09/12/2013, Canada

I know this has turned into a Dual-Sport Motorcycle blog along with my SAILING JUNESSA blog... but this will probably be the last motorcycle entry for awhile and you should start seeing A LOT MORE SAILING STUFF! :)

I'm riding my BMW 1200GS South from Fairbanks along the Alaska Highway, via the Cassiar Highway. The FALL colors are just outstanding!!! When I departed Fairbanks, I ran into near freezing rain and High winds... Two days later, I ran into 102F temps in Southern BC Canada!!! What a contrast!!!

I planned on stopping and taking hundreds of photos and hours of video, but I got the GET-HOME-ITUS and rode from sun-up to sun-down and took me three days to do ride the 2200 miles! Of course I'm not as young as I once was, so I had to see the chiropractor twice and get two massages after this ride! OUCH!

Stay tuned... Next month (October) I should be posting updates on:
-Finishing my install of the Cape Horn Windvane
-Rebuilding a winch
-Volvo 2003 tune-up
-kids swinging on the Bosun's chair at the dock.... :)

Cheers from Fairbanks, Alaska (working again)

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07/29/2013, Puget Sound, Washington


The girls and I had such a blast on our overnight sail to Blake Island. They really enjoyed being out on the boat!!! We watched ICE BLINK, a video of the Martin Family that cruised with kids, so now my girls want to swing from the Bosun's chair like the kids in the video... I just had more gray hairs pop out!!

The girls had fun drawing, playing with their Kindles and EATING! :)

Taylor and Jenna touching grounded jellyfish.

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10/26/2013 | Terri
I'm so happy the girls can share in the love of the water and learn how to sail! Now if we only had some wind...

I'm thinking I should give the Bosun's chair a try first! You know, just in case...

Looking forward to our first family cruise...soon! Now begins the project list. What's first?

Exciting times for the Peterson Crew of Junessa!

Love Your Ship Mate aka Executive Officer,
Rick 101,620
06/13/2013, BC/Yukon/Alaska

Hi from the Alaska Highway!
I'm on my BMW 1200GS heading to work in Alaska for a month. I decided to ride the bide up and camp along the way again... I never get tired of that drive!

I drove from Seattle to Fairbanks in 4 1/2 days... That was riding 550 miles/day. The first two days were rainy and cold. The third day was a mix of rain and sun. The fourth day was entering Alaska and it was HOT!!! IN THE 90s!!!

There were lots of black bears, moose and fox along the road in the Yukon. If you plan to drive to Alaska, give yourself a week for the drive and take your time, stop a lot and enjoy the scenery. Don't do like I do.... go go go!!!!

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RICK, 101,612
06/08/2013, Puget Sound, Washington


JUNESSA and I finally got our initiation into the world of FAMILY CRUISING these past couple months. JUNESSA was built with a family in mind, with her four berths and lots of deck space to walk around. I'm not sure she was built for LONG-DISTANC-CRUISING with 4 plus 1 dog.... (Terri did an outstanding job at organizing my mess so we all fit comfy in our own little spots)

I took the girls for a quick overnight in the Puget Sound area and they had a blast! I'm sooooo lucky they all enjoyed sailing (mostly motoring, since the winds here really suck for sailing).

Every time a big power-boater would go by and kick up some waves... the girls would rush to the foredeck to hold on as JUNESSA would give us all a fun bucking ride.

We tired to use the puppy training pads to get our dog Pixie to do her business onboard, but she wouldn't have anything to do with it... she finally had enough and went on the deck. Oh well.... anyone have any other ideas????

I'm going to continue to outfit for a LONG DISTANCE ADVENTURE for next year... stay tuned for more about my big trip.


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08/23/2013 | Jonas
I look forward to future updates! Can you give us a hint of where you plan to Cruise?
Whish you and your new family all the best!
10/26/2013 | Terri
A note from the "XO aka First Mate" In response to Jonas:

I'd say when we get to go on a "practice cruise" with kids we'll head NORTH to Alaska through the Inside Passage! After that there could possibly be a much longer cruise for Rick and Junessa, or maybe even a long Family Cruise Instaed! Stay tuned for more and thanks for following!

Rick, 100,069
06/08/2013, Puget Sound, Washington

A quick update.....

As you can see by the photo, I got MARRIED aboard JUNESSA! YEAH!!!!! It was one of the happiest days of my life! I'm sure a BCC has never had so many people onboard at one time, but she stayed afloat and didn't mind the weight! :)

I'm so thankful that I met Terri and her darling daughters. They have changed my life in more ways than one! ALL FOR THE GOOD TOO!!! :)

Thanks to all our friends and family for the support! :)

Stay tuned for more updates.... "Cruising with Kids" and "Cruising with a Family" or something like that! :)



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06/25/2013 | Jaime
WOW! Congratulations. I've followed your Blog for awhile (BCC fan) and have to say well done on the marriage! Will you need a bigger boat with a family now? *wink* If you want Junessa to roam Alaska waters as her next home keep me in mind! Fair Winds.
06/29/2013 | Douglas Walling
Well ,,, Gee ,,, we do know when we find a "Keeper" , don't we ,,, Congratulations to You and Terri .
I have been following your blog since it started.
Today I have a question that you might be able to help me with .
My wife's puter work is being transferred to near Seattle , WA , and we are looking for a liveaboard marina , maybe Gig Hbr or Tacoma, do you have any recommendations for another BCC owner ? Douglas , S/V Calliste
07/04/2013 | Terri
What a perfect way to marry you, aboard BCC Junessa! I absolutely LOVE spending time on her with you and look forward to some cruising time and many other adventures on the water with you, the kids, and our boat dog Pixie too! With All My Love, Terri
07/12/2013 | Douglas
Ahoy Terri , I was wondering what were you doing in Ak ? Raising kids , Ok , but how did you meet him ? It seems like you would like to sail south with Rick , this winter , do you feel like that will happen ? Have you been South before ? We all wish you both and the kids well , what ever direction you go ,,, Wishing Much Love in Your Lives ,,, Douglas BCC Calliste , Japan .
07/27/2013 | Douglas
This from the BCC Forum archives,,,

To starboard, my boat has a single berth that has a foot well that fits
under the heater. Above that is a shelf for books and a small locker. I made
a plywood bunk that fits over the lip of the shelf and attached small blocks
of wood to the paneling on the side of the Nav. table that is aft of the
berth and just in front of the locker. These hold the extended shelf/bunk
bed in place for sleeping. With a cut to size foam pad and sleeping bag, it
makes for a great sleeping perch. During the day we simply lift it and lower
it to fit over the lower bunk with the foam pad becomming the new place to
sit. This way we spent ten days on the boat to try it out as a family boat
and if it had not been for the 8.5 days of rain, I think it would have been
a great experience... So even on 28 ft of space you can have 5 people and
the dog if you are well organized. (Yes, don't leave the dog at home. It
gives the kids something to do and fight over...) Even in the bad weather
the kids never once complained about the sailing, just the rain, but you get
what you get.
10/06/2013 | Tim Denning
Rick, I have been following your blog for about a year. Someday I hope to get a boat also. Congrats on the new family. Thanks for sharing . Tim
RICK 96,515
05/04/2013, HAWAII

Just a couple more photos from Hawaii before I get back to working on JUNESSA. I ended up climbing up the mast to remove some noisy lazy-jack parts, that drove us crazy all the way across the Pacific!!! It's a long way down from the top of the mast! Great Views!!! :) Aloha!!!

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05/06/2013 | Curtis
Thanks for sharing Rick. Sounds like you are having a great time. I am looking forward to reading more posts on Junessa. Glad to hear the health issue is under control.
05/20/2013 | Keith
Excellent Rick, so glad you're able to get this adventure with your Dad. Awesome trip I'm sure..... Look forward to more post and photos. Take care of yourself.
Cold and Wet in the Pacific!!!
Rick 96,025
04/26/2013, Halfway to Hawaii

Notes from our Pacific Crossing....

IT'S FRIG'N COLD AND WET OUT HERE!!! We freeze every night and wake up to soggy everything... what gives????

We've had some really beautiful sunsets and sunrises out here, but the coolest has been the MOON RISES a couple hundred miles off Mexico!!! HUGE ORANGE MOONS!!!! CRAZY!!! At first I thought we were heading the wrong direction but sure enough it was the MOON rising in the East!!!!

I thought the stars would be alot brighter than they are... not sure why they were dim... maybe the humidity in the air???? any ideas out there???

The photoluminescence was really fun to watch... especially with a catamaran! We get the two hulls slicing thru the water and lighting up the water behind us! I wish I could photograph it to share. I guess you'll just have to get out there and experience it yourselves! :)

More to follow.... Time to get back to the "W" word... here in Fairbanks, Alaska (work... spit on the ground!)


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rick 95,923
04/26/2013, HAWAII

Well, it took us 28 days to cross the Pacific from Mexico to Honolulu! We didn't break any records, but we sure did have a grand adventure!!! My Dad and I set sail from Barra De Navidad, on board his 36' Catamaran SUNJET.
We ended up motor-sailing a few days to find some wind... which eventually turned into a downwind sail. The trip would have been very enjoyable, but our Autopilot belt broke and we had cross-seas most of the trip. The large cross-seas were really hard on the ol' boat... it sounded like a war zone with all the pounding on the hulls and center cabin section.

We saw whales breaching, porpoise, dolphins and boobies. We didn't see much of anything else... no boats, no ships, no planes, no trash and very little flying fish. We did have a large squid jump onboard, but not much else.

Once the autopilot was out of commission, things got really tiring... 2 hours on and 2 hours off, steering, sleeping and eating... that was about it!!! oh! and fixing equipment that would die at the worst times!

We are happy we got to share in such a cool adventure together!
I'll be posting photos and a video soon! Stay Tuned! (I'm working in Alaska again... brrrr... it's cold up here!)

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04/27/2013 | Curtis
Great to hear you ailed across the Pacific to Hawaii. I have been checking your blog for an update and there is was. I am looking forward to the video and pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Rick 93,456
03/14/2013, Puget Sound

I've had some up and downs the past 5 or 6 months.... but the good news is, my medical issue has been improving enough to make plans for my next adventure!

Stay tuned for a Pacific Crossing aboard my Dad's 36' Cat SUNJET. We are planning to make the 15-20 day crossing sometime in the next week or so!!! Departing out of Mexico and heading DOWNWIND toward Hawaii!

I have a grand plan, after the Hawaii trip, that will last 7-8 months... more to follow!!!

I have been working on JUNESSA the past couple weeks... the LIST was supposed to get shorter, but every time I cross one project off, two more are added!

I've installed the Head and CapeHorn Windvane, fixed the freshwater system and about to install the wind generator and solar panels.... I'm pooped just typing about it. haha

I'll update this update tomorrow... to tired to continue.

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03/14/2013 | Roger
Hi Rick,

Great to hear your news - it's made my day!! also to hear that sailing plans are being made.

Hope you enjoy the trip with your Dad.

Roger (UK)

03/15/2013 | Tom Peranteau
Nice to see that you're back in the saddle. Been keeping an eye on your videos and progress for w while now. We're planning something similar, but into the south Pacific for an extended voyage that may take a year or two.

I'll stay tuned..
03/15/2013 | Curtis
This is wonderful news. I have been checking in every day and all I could see is that stupid toilet. Then today I see things are a little brighter. Perfect. Thanks for sharing.
03/16/2013 | James Jones
Great to see you blogging again and feeling better! Sailing to Hawaii... very cool. I'll do that myself, one of these days.
03/16/2013 | Evan
B de N ? Sound like an epic sail. I'm looking at it now. Still floating!
03/17/2013 | Keith
This is great news Rick! Continue to check in for updates on your well being and how Junessa is coming along. Glad to hear your doing better and wishing you a safe journey. Take care man.
03/22/2013 | Terri
Glad your plans are coming along! Be safe with your Dad out there and I'll help you get your next voyage ready when we're both home! Love you!
03/22/2013 | Daniel
It's good to see you're getting some things done and you are improving. I know exactly what you mean by the project list. Mine continues to grow.

Best to you and your adventures!

03/30/2013 | alan
Hawaii will do you good. Glad to know you are recovering :)
03/31/2013 | Peter
Glad to hear that you are back at it! I'll look forward to reading about your adventures.
04/05/2013 | Dan Dews
Rick, I'm sure sorry to learn of your medical problem. Hope we can cross paths again this summer as we plan to head north to Desolation Snd again, leaving Seattle in early June.
Rick 88,558
12/28/2012, Puget Sound

Just a quick update....
JUNESSA has been tied to the dock because I have now have a medical issue, probably picked up from Afghanistan... My doctors are still trying to figure out why my liver is malfunctioning. It really sucks walking around with my 'check-engine-light' ON and no idea why.
So, in the meantime... I'm trying to cross off projects from THE LIST!
I'm currently working on installing the Nature's Head Composting Toilet.
I measured the forepeak area and thought the Head would fit... guess what? No such thing as a simple install!!!!!!! I had to do some cutting and more cutting. (lucky I didn't put a hole in the hull!!! that would be embarrassing!!!)
I'll post a video in a week or so...
I want to wish everyone A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I hope 2013 will be YOUR year to cast off the dock lines and point to a horizon!

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12/28/2012 | Curtis
Hey Rick,
I can remember following your blog when you first talked about the composting toilet. I have done some research and it is the way to go. Just think of the extra storage you will have once the waste tank is removed. Also no more smell and it just seems better to not be traveling with ones waste under a bunk or a seatee. I am really looking forward to the up coming video. Thanks for sharing and stay strong. Curtis
01/20/2013 | Douglas

Oh Gee Gosh , Rick , the price you pay for work you love !
What about that "Stem Cell" direct liver injection , for a re-hab ?

What do you do when Tee Shirts and Shorts are no longer desireable , from your cruising destinations ?

I Loved your Alaska Cruise video , and Hope to do that one too !

Have already done the warm tropical adventure you did with your Dad , so even You can't claim , you didn't put some cruising under your belt !

Good On You Mate , Buck - Up , and Get Going Again !

A Fan , Replys !
02/06/2013 | peter
Best wishes from a long time blog follower. Hope to see you on the water again.
02/07/2013 | Jonas
I hope you will get well very soon!
03/09/2013 | Daniel
Can't say I have heard of anyone getting something from Afghanistan that would cause your situation. I've been over there 4 times with another trip planned later this year.

I've been looking at a Natures Head for my Nor'sea 27, Rhapsody. I have a nice long list of projects as well ;)

I hope you feel better soon and get back out on the water soon.
Go before you CAN'T Go!
Rick, 87,705
12/14/2012, Puget Sound


Well, you might be wondering about this blog update.... "Go before you CAN'T Go!"... I've run into a medical issue that has JUNESSA tied to the dock for awhile... It's amazing how something unplanned for, can change your life long dreams!

I've cut back on BUYING stuff for JUNESSA and concentrating on staying busy installing all the stuff still in the boxes, i.e. Solar Panels, Wind Generator, Wind Vane, Composting Head and TLC.

I'll start making short YouTube videos of the installs between doc visits. So stay tuned! I really hope to get a cruise outta JUNESSA before I HAVE TO SELL HER...


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12/15/2012 | Horatio Marteleira
I've been following your blog for years. Your message on this post was like a punch in the stomach...felt kind of dazed for a while. Hope that's all it is, just a punch in the stomach and everything will be alright.
12/16/2012 | ROGER WILKINSON
Hi Rick,

I was sorry to see your latest blog,I also have been following you - from behind a desk! (we have a Vancouver 32 sailboat) and sail out of Southampton - South of England we have had a few years in the Med. as far as Greece(that one was on my "Bucket list") and during that time my wife had "Health" issues also, we planned our visits to the doctors for the regular check ups for when we were back in the UK with the help of the consultant who said what we were doing - sailing around the med. was perhaps the best medicine we could have!
It worked.

I hope all goes well with you and your plans.I would say your blogs have been an inspiration to a lot of "Desk Bound" sailors, your Alaska - inside passage video was just great.

Good luck

12/17/2012 | Laurence Boag
You have been my inspiration for years. I hope this is just a hiccup and you are on your way soon. Looking forward to the next chapter in the Saga!
12/17/2012 | Keith

This comes as such a surprise. You have many followers here watching for your updates. I was fully expecting to see photos of you and Terri on a sunny beach somewhere in the South Pacific. We're all wishing you well and praying for the best. Stay strong and keep up posted. As I said before you're a cool man and have much to offer. We'll look forward to your future updates.
12/18/2012 | Alan
I spotted your boat in Port Townsend and recognized it from youtube. We stopped by several times to say hi but kept missing you, the last time by one minute. Hope to catch you in the islands and praying for your health.
Alan and Serena
s/v The` FC22
12/21/2012 | Curtis
Hello Rick,
Reading your latest blog post this morning has really touched me in so many ways. I have been following your adventures for a long time now and i check my favorites every day to see if you have posted a new blog. When i read yours this morning it has stuck with me all day at work .
Like your self i live in the Pacific North West and i am an avid sailor. I have been saving for my newest blue water vessel and to fianlly cut the dock lines and live free from societies grasp. I am so close to my dream that i have been having second thoughts. Thoughts like just wait a few more years. Perhaps I should spend my money on a house. Or i have worked so hard why not invest for retirement.
When i read your blog this morning it was the last thing i thought i would here from you. I was certain you would be bloging from Mexico or South America. Your situation is a real reality check for me. It is time to do some real soul searching because one never knows.

Cheers Mate
12/22/2012 | Colin & nichola yacht emerald
Hey rick sorry to hear your news. Use the 'rick maintenance' downtime to fettle junessa for your next big adventure. Once the rick service period is done you'll be ready for the off! Keep well, keep planning. Slainte Colin
12/25/2012 | Captain Tom
I second, third, and fourth all of the comments. What gives, if I may be so personal to ask? I hope you're just looking at bigger boats and not giving up on sailing!


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