Ahoy! I'm testing my shipboard SSB email system to Sailblogs. I hope this works!!! I'm changing plans so often that I have no clue what I'm doing next with the boat. Cheers!!!! Rick
deer harbor photo
08/15/2014, SAN JUAN IS., WA, USA
Ahoy from the San Juan Islands!
(actually from my kitchen table after the fact... better late than never!)
After letting my burnt hand heal up and scrapping the Around the Americas trip (small window to get thru the Northwest Passage) JUNESSA set sail with Terri, Jenna and myself for the world famous San Juan Islands. Taylor caught up with us a week later via Kenmore Air float plane (Lucky girl!!)
We actually SAILED the first two days then back to the usual motor-sailing around the San Juans. The winds are usually off the nose, no matter which direction I'm heading... I must have pissed off the wind gods!
Once Taylor joined us, we decided that our little 28' Bristol Channel Cutter is tooooooooooo SMALL for all of us. I'll take her out for one last big trip, then get her ready to be listed. We were able to go aboard a number of boats, power-boats and sailboats, all much bigger and spacious than our little boat.
Stay tuned for the next adventure of BCC JUNESSA.... should have a PLAN this week!
07/15/2014, Puget Sound, Washington
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...
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!
Testing testing. Adding sponsor to my blog. PREDICT WIND
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!!!! :)
MORE TO FOLLOW!
Please check out this worthwhile organization. Matt Rutherford is the founder of oceanresearchproject.org 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!
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!!!!
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.
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 Capehorn windvane
Test sea anchor
Test the Storm Trysail
Test all bulge pumps
Test Exposure Suit
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! :)
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)
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.
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!!!!
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.
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! :)
THANKS TO EVERYONE OUT THERE THAT LEFT MESSAGES FOR TERRI AND I! WE APPRECIATE ALL THE WELL WISHES!!!! STAY TUNED FOR MORE ADVENTURES ABOARD S/V JUNESSA!
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!!!
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????
(note to self... BRING BETTER FOUL WEATHER GEAR AND COLD WEATHER GEAR NEXT TIME!!!!)
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!)
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!)