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Rick 74,490
04/30/2012, Kandahar, Afganistan

Toby Keith performing "AMERICAN SOLDIER" for the men and women serving proudly in Afghanistan! Toby is an outstanding live performer and the sound of jets and helicopters taking off really added to the experience!

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Short Break!
Rick 73,915
04/14/2012, Kandahar

Hi from Kandahar, Afghanistan again..... My break was cut short by work requirements... boooo hisses.... I Know!!! I said the "W" word... work! Looks like I'll be over here awhile.

The picture was taken about 1500 feet above the dessert. We have this HUGE RED DESSERT just South of Kandahar and it's the most beautiful and strange thing i've seen over here!!!

I was able to unload the boat and put most of it into storage. I got a quote to modify the interior... $10K!!! Ouch! So, looks like I'll be keeping the interior the same for a bit longer!!!

Cheers to all!!!

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04/22/2012 | Klangley
Sorry your time was cut short. Weather just started getting nice here in the PNW. Thanks for the photo and update. Be safe. KL
12/25/2013 | Blake Settle
Nic much e blog, was looking for a Baba 30 sailboat when I came across your site. Same passion and needs. I have been collecting the things I will need for the future boat. If you need any rug contacts for your boat let me know. I spent time in a place called Sangin in the Helmond Province and all over RC South Kandahar. I am still in contact with my Pastune Linguists. I have only 3 months left in the Army before medical retirement out of Fort Knox. I am tracking with the "do it now and do not wait." I have been so lucky and now will be a father to my three sons and husband to wife of 17 years. Hard adjusting but will make it work, because there is no other way. Stay home and sail brother.
Rick 72,531
03/30/2012, Port Townsend, WA USA

Ahoy! I'm back on JUNESSA!!! YEA! She is sitting pretty, just waiting to get wet!:)

I've been cleaning things out and fixing small projects to get her back in the water.
The PROJECT LIST has grown longer than my arm now.... :( Break out some more "BOAT bucks!!!"

It's been cold, rainy and windy here in Port Townsend, so I've been down below working in the engine room, cooking and napping! I know.... "get your arssss in gear and get her in the water!!!" I can hear everyone yelling! haha

stay tuned! :P

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03/31/2012 | Curtis
Great to hear you are safe and back on Junessa.It would be great to see some video clips on your up coming boat projects. Perhaps the installation of the composting head, wind vane or the solar panel kit you purchased.
03/31/2012 | INGRID
I came upon your site and am impressed with your photography and the sheer guts you have to take off alone sailing into unknown waters, like lucky you not ending up in the sandbar. Your photos of your flying in Afghanistan are truly beautiful. Looking forward to more. Stay safe!
04/01/2012 | Mat Hyder
So, I'm convinced you have stolen my life. I have watched all of your videos and love them. My kids and I watch and wish we were there. When Junessa is out of the water, how high does she sit? More than 10 feet? Just wondering. Thanks, and keep the videos coming.
04/02/2012 | Mat Hyder
I emailed you yesterday, but it doesn't look like it went through. My kids (11 & 7) and I are convinced that you have stolen our lives from us. We love your videos to Alaska. How high is your boat when it is being stored for the winter? Keep posting videos so we can live vicariously through you, for now at least. Thanks for serving our country!!
RICK, 71,250
03/10/2012, Afganistan

HELLO! From Afghanistan!
I'm having my "lunch" at the "office"... Bunny Grahms! No wonder why I'm loosing weight... haha

All is well here in the Sandbox! I've been flying a lot and staying busy working-out and walking. I can't wait to get back to COLORS... blues, greens, reds, yellows... anything other than tan and brown!!!!

Hopefully I'll be back in the USA next month to work on JUNESSA and maybe even get her wet again! :)

Plans??? Well, they seem to change by the week, so I'll just say... I PLAN TO GO SAILING. Not sure where or for how long, but I've been off my boat for way too long. I was thinking of Alaska again, but we'll see.

Cheers from the Sandbox!

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03/11/2012 | Curtis
Come home Rick. I am sure you do very well financialy flying in this war torren region but with every thing that is going on over there sailing on the beautiful blue Pacific is much safer. Come home get Junessa wet and sail.
Gods speed and watch your back.
03/14/2012 | sandbarSam
03/19/2012 | rafhlyn
nice photo rick! thanks for sharing...stay safe always.. may our good God keep u safe always and give u alot more blessings each day....
03/21/2012 | sean
man there is a lot more room in that bird then the last one I saw you flying in. stay safe.
04/07/2012 | laura
Hello! I met you briefly in Colorado on a moto adventure (near Telluride) remember? I LOVE you pictures of afganistan. So beautiful. I enjoy hearing what you have to say about the beauty of the place and the lighting. Hearing about that country all the time makes me very curious what it looks like. Thanks for sharing your photos and perspective! Also, love hearing about your sailing adventures...and the wind Vane sounds like a great idea I'm going to pass that info along to my friend who's getting ready to sail off! Good luck fixin her up, stay dry!
Rick, 69, 890
02/17/2012, Kandahar Province


I finally ordered the CapeHorn self-steering Windvane for JUNESSA! I can't wait to install the CapeHorn and put it thru it's paces! It will be soooo nice to sail SILENTLY with NO ENERGY REQUIRED... 24/7!

The wind vane is a way to sail a 'course' by setting the wind vane to an apparent wind angle... say you want to sail 270 degrees or WEST, you point the boat to WEST, engage the wind vane and as long as the wind stays the same, you will sail effortlessly in a WESTERLY direction.

The big difference between this wind vane and an autopilot is, the autopilot will try its best to keep the boat on a set magnetic heading or course, so if the wind changes, the sails will need constant adjustment... with the wind vane, if the wind changes, the boat will change heading with the change in the wind direction because the vane keeps the same apparent wind (not really a good thing if you are near land!!!) The autopilot also needs a lot of electrical power to run 24/7 on a a ocean passage and they are NOISY and can burn out during heavy use. And in a pinch, some vanes can be used as emergency rudders.... So, I think I made a good decision for my offshore cruising plans! :)

I've been in contact with the inventor, Yves GĂ©linas, who sailed 28,000 miles without hand steering his boat JEAN-DU-SUD. I've been very impressed with his customer service so far! I'm expecting to have the CapeHorn ready for installation sometime in April! I look forward to posting pics of the install and the shake-down with it. Stay Tuned!

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02/18/2012 | sandbarsam
glad to see you are back with a post
03/06/2012 | sean
good to see things seem to be going good. Who you over in the box with? This is sean from Hawaii from about a year and a half ago.
06/23/2013 | Kathy
Why did you choose that model windvane over a monitor model? Curious because I'm about to buy one as well for my BCC
Winter in Afganistan
Rick 68,242
01/27/2012, Kandahar Province

Snow on the Desert!

January is coming to a close... Amazing how time seems to just pick up pace as we get older... Have you checked your 'Bucket-List' lately?

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04/17/2012 | Steve Hughson
Hi Rick,
After seeing so many of your video's (so many times) I feel like you are a close friend (kinda like a movie star :-)). I keep my boat in Dana Point CA and sail as often as I can. Can't tell you how much I enjoy riding along on your adventures. I wish you the very best and if you are ever in CA come say hi!
Rick 67,447
01/18/2012, Afganistan


I'm back in the Sandbox of Afghanistan trying to stock up the cruising kitty.

This country is really spectacular from the air!!! It reminds me of America's Southwestern desert!

I received a photo of JUNESSA sitting high and dry with a blanket of new snow on her... she should really be sitting in a warm wet place like MEXICO or THE SOUTH PACIFIC!! Hopefully this will be the year of the Big Cruise! :)

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02/15/2012 | Glenda
I am so glad you posted the picture I sent you of the Junessa on your blog. The Junessa is a beautiful boat. I enjoy following along on all your adventures take care be careful. Can't wait to see you when you get back to hear all about this last adventure.
Rick, 65,179
12/15/2011, Kandahar Province

My newest job location.... Kandahar Province, Afghanistan... It's ALMOST like flying in Hawaii... except no palm trees, no water, very little green... and people want to shoot you down here!!! In all honesty, it's very beautiful from the air! I would love to fly around with the doors off and a good camera in my hands!!! The light here can be so dramatic!

It's winter here, so it gets below freezing at night and warms up during the day.

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Inside Passage Video Update
Rick 42968
12/14/2011, Alaska Inside Passage


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04/10/2011 | Michael Sipin
You have added just another reason to Sail full time for me!
Keep up with showing others what life on a Sail boat is really like. Not as most think of tied to a dock or with waves over your house?
Thanks for your Video with your Bristol Cutter.
12/18/2011 | Nassima
Amazing video. Now I feel I haven't lived until I sail through Alaska!
02/16/2012 | Baba
Your blog gets better and better by the day. Thanks for keeping it up. Great fun to watch and read !
I'm curious what camera and software you use as someday I'd love to try and follow in your footsteps.
Thanks !
08/07/2012 | Nick
Awesome video man I really enjoyed it! You got some incredible shots with those bears. I cant wait to own my own I want to sail the world
Port Townsend Art
Rick 63,876
11/27/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

Art Work at Port Townsend, Washington... Winter is on it's way!

I'm starting to settle down in my new job in Afghanistan... The sand and dust was really kicking my butt at first, but i'm starting to get used to it. The country has a beauty unlike the desert southwest of the US... huge spires and mountains with beautiful patterns and colors- when the light is right. (I can't post any pictures yet, sorry!!!)

Have a great WINTER where every you are!!!
Please leave comments... they make my day! :)
Cheers from the sand box!

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11/27/2011 | Jim Roulston
Hi Rick
I have been following you and Alex for several years now. I am a over the road truck driver arm chair sailing with you and Alex. I check almost every day for posts as they keep me going and living the dream through you. Who you working for and are they doing any hireing? How long is your stay? Jim "No HurrY"
11/28/2011 | Lee
Be safe and a quick return!! Look forward to your next sailing adventure!!
Rick 63,545
11/22/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

JUNESSA sitting pretty on the hard....

I didn't do much work on the boat while I was "HOME" this time, so JUNESSA looks pretty much as she did all summer. :(

I think the next big ticket item will be to drop a few 'boat-bucks' on a new Cape Horn wind vane!!! I'm finally convinced that a wind vane is needed to sail the 7-seas! I have two autopilots that worked fine during my Inside Passage trip a couple years ago, but I learned a lot about nasty seas and high winds during my Three-Amigos trip... A WIND VANE STEERING IS A MUST HAVE!!!

JUNESSA's rear-end is going to put on a little weight when I get back!!! I'll add the two 65watt solar panels, the AirBreeze wind-generator and soon a CAPE HORN wind vane! I really hope I never back into something solid... could turn out to be a very very expensive accident!

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11/27/2011 | Brooks Dollar
Your trip south looked like a blast, what a good way to spend time with family.
How long are you going to be on the hard in P.T.? I am just down the road in Port Hadlock with Sirena hull # 51. I will be hauling out in April or May to do very simalr work. Contact me, when you will be around I would love to see Junessa.
Cheers, Brooks
12/07/2011 | Rich Angel
I have a cape horn on Star Rover, think it's the best as did the previous (well researched and wise) owner. Hope all is well, hi from rich and heidi and now natalie-cheers
12/15/2011 | Douglas

Hi Rick, I have enjoyed your blog and videos, A Big T Y !

I purchased my BCC "Calliste" in Honolulu, at the Alawi YC , in 1996 , and sailed her to P T , for a look at the Wooden Boat Show, that September.
I guess , now that you have explored the PNW , your sights are, to warmer winter climates, like Mexico and the Milk Run, after that !
Like many BCC owners , I too love my boat , and hope to read about many of your new adventures,,,, Douglas
RICK 63,545
11/21/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

Screenshot of my Garmin chart plotter with AIS overlay,
using the ICOM MXA-5000

One piece of gear I'm 100 percent happy with and would recommend to all boaters is an AIS receiver. This little black box uses your vhf antenna to receive info from supported ships OVER THE HORIZON (I've 'seen' ships as far off as 29nm on the chart plotter!)

This picture shows the M/V EVERGREEN ship at 25nm and if I would press ENTER, the chart plotter or computer would bring up a dialog box with all kinds of useful data on that ship, such as NAME OF VESSEL, SPEED, HEADING, etc... So, now when you see a ship off in the distance and you can't make out the name, simply look at the chart plotter... or if it's nasty weather or foggy out, you just look on the chart plotter to see where the ships are!!! Pretty cool! (small boats aren't required to transmit yet, only the bigger boats/ships, so you still have to keep a good look out!)

Here's to technology that actually works!

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RICK 61,337

My Dad (Richard sr) and Son (Chad) and me (Richard jr) on board SUNJET, a 35' Beanatu Catamaran.

We sailed from Grenada to Panama, via Bonaire, Aruba and Columbia and San Blas Islands.

This trip turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime! Three generations that have spent VERY LITTLE time together over the past 24 years, forced to be in close quarters for weeks, we got to know each other a lot better! We became the three amigos!!!! :)

Thanks Dad for bringing us closer together!!!!

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11/03/2011 | elaine mackay
What a great picture and hopefully all three of you can come to MS and share your experience with all of US!! Glad you are all safe and sound back in the good old USA
11/16/2011 | sandbarsam
"WHATS" up is the trip over are you doing the canel???/
11/01/2011, PORT TOWNSEND, WA

My poor Garmin 9555 in pieces!!!

I think it was the second or third time I used my Garmin when I accidentally dropped it on the floor, breaking the antenna... I was crushed! This thing was brand-new-right-out-of-the-box and I drop it! ugh! Lucky for me, it came with an external antenna.

It was going to be a $250 charge for Garmin just to look at the thing, so as any good cruiser would do, I got out the tool kit and started to disassemble the thing!

I tell ya what, they sure did make it difficult to get that little antenna out... If you look at the lower right corner of the picture, there is my tube of super glue pointing at the spot that broke. Garmin tried to reinforce this spot, but they need a longer piece of metal inside... the one onboard is way toooooooo short, and that's why it broke.

I put it back together and powered her up... worked like a charm! saved myself over $250 bucks!

Here's to technology and tools....

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RICK, 61,335
10/28/2011, Shelter Bay, Colon, Panama

This HUGE locust was in love with it's self... some how it was hanging on the MIRROR! CRAZY! It was bigger than my hand! We had to look over our shoulder when using the bathroom!!! haha

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Rick, 60,715
10/28/2011, Fort Sherman, Panama

Chad!!! Stop licking the ant nest!!! Come on! We just ate pancakes with peanut butter!!! Jeese! the boy is always hungry... haha

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Rick, 60,715
10/28/2011, Shelter Bay, Colon, Panama

It's official... The three amigos made it to SHELTER BAY MARINA, inside the entrance to the Panama Canal!!! We completed the trip with NO MAJOR injuries (my broken toe, bumps, bruises, scrapes and cuts) and NO MAJOR boat breakdowns, so it was a total success!!! HIGH FIVE's ALL AROUND!

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Rick, 60,481
10/27/2011, Portobello, Panama

The sun has finally come back out, the winds have been light and variable, so it's time to update the blog site... enjoy!

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10/26/2011, San Blas Islands, Panama

We are being towed behind the boat with mask/snorkel gear! We look like human lures! haha We were hoping to find a sunken ship or old Spanish Gold Chest... but no luck!
Dad put the boat into high gear and we almost lost our shorts!!!! haha

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10/26/2011, 9 30'N:78 37'W, Middle of San Blas Islands

CHAD playing? or scrapping the boat's bottom! haha

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