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04 April 2011
RICK 47,775
PLAN A.... 365 Days - 40 Countries - 29,000 miles

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

This is my next big adventure... IF I get the boat ready, IF I don't run out of money getting the boat ready and IF I don't get hurt getting the boat ready, I expect to shove off end of May of this year!

I've researched online for anyone that has solo'ed around the americas, and I haven't found anyone yet! A couple guys from Europe did the trip but returned to Europe. As far as I can tell, they did not return to the starting point in the Americas.... (If anyone can set me straight, then I'll do some other adventure)

I've been thinking of this trip for a couple years as my PLAN B, but it's moved up to PLAN A... (Original Plan A was to head South to Mexico and Panama then turn West for the "Milk Run" Pacific Crossing)

PLAN B is to go at the Americas SOLO-NON-STOP!!! All the way around baby! NOW THAT WOULD BE BIG! hummm might be Plan A now… :) Stay tuned!

Global Change has made the Northwest Passage Navigable for the past couple years, but is still very unpredictable. The Climate Change "Cycle" (natural with human help) may just close the NWP again, just as quick as it opened (Scientists are still steadying the processes that effect the Polar Icecaps).

Looks like I will have some competition!! A guy on the East Coast of the US plans to do the same thing, but counter-clockwise... and NON-STOP! I figure if I'm going to be gone for a year, I want to see and experience ALL the countries along my route and have fresh food and upload blogs/photos/videos, not just see waves and far off coastline! When I pull into Seattle, I want to fly the flags of ALL the countries in the Americas!!!

I'm putting another webpage together soon...Stay tuned for some professional help to get a really cool website running! www.LongwayHome.tv

I had a lot of positive feedback with my videos from the Alaska Trip, so I plan to film this adventure and produce a DVD and pitch it to the Travel Channel or NatGeo.

Here's to WARM cruising for 365 days! :)

Please leave comments! I dare ya! :)
Vessel Name: JUNESSA
Vessel Make/Model: 28' Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC)
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: Rick Peterson
About: JUNESSA has a few new crew members! My lovely wife, Terri, who is eager to go cruising as a family! Taylor, our teenager, and Jenna our youngest and Pixie the wonder dog.
This is my very first boat!!!! Nothing like starting out with the best Blue Water Cruiser money can buy! The BCC was designed by Lyle Hess and made famous by Lin & Larry Pardey as they documented in books, videos and dvd's their sailing adventures on board their homebuilt BCC 'Taleisin'. My [...]
JUNESSA's Photos - (Main)
Working and Playing on the Big Island of Hawaii ALOHA!
24 Photos
Created 20 January 2009
Working on bottom and interior.
9 Photos
Created 9 January 2009
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Created 12 April 2007
Here's a few shots of prepping the boat for the long ride NORTH to Gig Harbor, Wa. It took about 5 hours to prep and load her up.
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Created 8 April 2007
Here's a few shots of my 1985 28 foot Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) built in Vancouver, BC. She's a full keel fiberglass hull with teak and mahogany wood throughout. She's powered by a Volvo 28hp diesel.
4 Photos
Created 7 April 2007
I had a great day learning how to sail my BCC. The learning curve was a little steeper than I had anticipated. The day ended pretty crappy... I couldn't get the engine out of gear and I plowed into the back side of a large powerboat in the slip next to me. OUCH!
6 Photos
Created 7 April 2007
This was the first day on board Junessa. I looked in every corner on board and climbed to the top of the mast! I had Chinese food and Corona Beer then feel asleep to some beautiful candle light and music.
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Created 4 April 2007
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