15 May 2011 | Port Townsend, WA
02 April 2011 | Fairbanks, Alaska
14 February 2011 | FAIRBANKS, AK
01 January 2011 | USA, CANADA, ALASKA
03 November 2010 | Port Townsend, WA
02 November 2010 | Port Townsend, WA
01 November 2010 | Point Hudson Marina, WA
31 October 2010 | Gig Harbor, Wa
28 October 2010 | Over SW USA
19 September 2010 | Secret Location!
19 September 2010 | Along the Alaska Pipleline
07 September 2010 | Las Vegas, NV
25 July 2010 | California
Our new navigator!!
17 February 2015 | San Juans
Summer of 2014!
Jenna trying out her skills as a navigator!!! :)
28 September 2014
I'm so happy I bought one of the Kindle Whites!!! It's perfect for the boat life.. you can read day or night with very little eye fatigue!!!
HIKING THE SAN JUANS
28 September 2014
Hiking to the top of one of the many beautiful islands. Junessa is the small white dot in the middle... wayyyyyy down there! :)
JUNESSA ON THE HOOK
28 September 2014
Junessa looking all pretty!
27 September 2014
I really am so very lucky (blessed) to be out on the water, in a beautiful anchorage and relaxing! If my family could be with me, it would be 1000x more enjoyable, but I'm making the most of it.
MADE IT TO SAN JUANS... again!
27 September 2014
I arrived in the beautiful San Juan Islands.
I decided to make the most of this short time in the islands by going to all the islands with a trail system to go hiking!
BOARDED BY HOMELAND SECURITY
26 September 2014
Prepare to be boarded!!!!
I had my headphone in and scrubbing the decks... not paying much attention around me, when I got that strange feeling like I'm being watched! I turned around and sure enough, a security boat was trailing me about 50 feet away. I guess he was running my boat name in the computer database or something.
He then moved along side and said "this should only take a few minutes" and two guys jumped aboard while I was steaming at 5 knots.
Lucky for me, I had all my paperwork nice a neat in a three ring binder!!! AND.... good thing My lovely wife made sure I had all up-to-date emergency gear! The Coast Guard guy asked to see the usual stuff... fire extinguishers, first aid, flares and the head. He said "Sir, you are the FIRST boat all season that has all the required safety gear and none of it was expired!" Thanks honey for insisting I go buy ALL NEW GEAR! (all my stuff was expired!!!! haha)
Headed to the San Juan Islands
26 September 2014
Well, Mother-nature made the decision for me and I'm headed back home via the San Juan Islands. Terri is in Afghanistan working, and the girls are in school, so I'll take a pitstop in the Islands before going back to work my self.
This is Seal Rock in my wake... headed back to the EAST now.
25 September 2014 | Neah Bay
I'm cooking up some fresh fish that we shot. The fish was perfect!!!! Oh so good!
The green beans were dehyraded!!! They were just as good as FRESH! I was very impressed!!!!!
24 September 2014 | Neah Bay
I'm going to give it a few days to see what the weather does... in the mean time, I found some people from Oregon that drive up and go spearfishing every year!
We took JUNESSA out around the island and break wall of Neah Bay to find a whale feeding in the spot we wanted to fish.
We were able to shoot a good size stringer of fish. It's was a lot of fun being back in the water!!!
STROM STORM STORM
23 September 2014 | Neah Bay
Well, it looks like Mother Nature does not want me to do the Pacific Crossing this year... :(
There are two nasty systems headed my way and I have to be back to work in Alaska in 30 days. There is NO WAY I can wait out these two systems and make the Hawaiian Islands in time to get back to work.
Looks like I have to make a weather decision soon! :(
Made it to Neah Bay!
21 September 2014 | Neah Bay
I MADE IT TO NEAH BAY!!!
I've been wanting to get here for YEARS!!! This was always going to be the jumping off point for the Pacific... Either heading W to Hawaii, SW to South Pacific, or S to Mexico!!!
It's now time to make the big decision... Hawaii or South Pacific...
The only problem... the storms being kicked off Mexico and the storms headed to the Pacific Northwest... grrrr! COME ON ALREADY! I'm here, loaded for a Pacific Crossing and need to get a move on! Work is a calling!
More to follow!
Kicking back downwind!
21 September 2014 | Puget Sound, Washington
I had a wonderful downwind sail from Port Angeles to Neah Bay. JUNESSA was in her groove for hours heading West towards Neah Bay!!!
Port Angeles Pitstop
20 September 2014 | puget Sound, Washington
Ahoy from Port Angeles!
I was about 2 hours East of Port Angeles and noticed the temperature drop big time... I went down below for my coat and some hot coffee, crawled back on deck to find myself in THICK FOG! Lucky I had AIS and Radar! I had two huge container ships headed right for me then make sharp tunes towards the West. (I was in the shipping lane... whoops!)
I pulled into Port Angeles to see some friends from our time in Guam. It was great seeing Dan and Rhonda!
Passing Port Townsend
19 September 2014 | Puget Sound, Washington
I'm headed to Neah Bay to make a final decision... head to Hawaii or South Pacific! The boat is loaded up and ready to head out into the deep waters!
JUNESSA is running great! Feeling confident and healthy! The only thing missing are my girls. :(
Neah Bay, here I come!
tabletop test via airmail
09 September 2014 | Home
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
29 August 2014 | San Juans
Just another beautiful sunset over the San Juans!
CLOSING OUT THE LOG
17 August 2014 | San Juans
Terri was the designated Ships Log keeper! Thank God she likes to write... I'm very bad about keeping up with the log. THANKS BABE!
16 August 2014 | San Juans
Sigh... JUNESSA was perfect for one single guy! but when you pack in three FEMALES with NO SHOWER... you know theres going to be trouble for the Captain!!!! We pulled into harbors with showers as often as we could! Lucky for me, the girls were very easy going when it came to using the marina facilities!
FAMILY CRUISING IN SAN JUANS
15 August 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!