Sailing with KIST

02 June 2012 | San Diego, CA
27 May 2012 | Pacific coast of Baja California
16 May 2012 | Turtle Bay
08 May 2012 | Bahia Magdelena
27 April 2012 | La Paz, Mexico
25 April 2012 | La Paz
14 April 2012 | La Paz
03 April 2012 | La Paz, Mexico
21 March 2012 | Stone Island, Mazatlan
16 March 2012 | La Cruz
09 March 2012 | Melaque, Barra, and Tenacatita
01 March 2012 | Melaque
23 February 2012 | Banderas Bay
08 February 2012 | Banderas Bay
31 January 2012 | Banderas Bay
29 January 2012 | La Cruz
24 January 2012
23 January 2012 | San Blas

Blind folded dinghy race

25 April 2012 | La Paz
Bonnie/in the 90's or too hot!
I know Kevin mentioned the Blind Dinghy Race in an earlier post but I wanted to highlight that particular event because it is proof that the work we’ve been doing on our communication skills has finally paid off…and we have a bottle of rum for our efforts!

How did we accomplish this achievement? Before the race we talked strategy and went over which is my right and which is my left. Since we were facing each other this was different than Kevin’s right and left. Good thing Kevin knows me as well as he does because sometimes even though I told him right he went left which wound up being right and he was blindfolded so I’m not sure how he knew to go the opposite direction than I was indicating. It may have been the added pressure or tap on the correct hand that gave him a clue, just like when we’re in a car and I point left but say right, he knows to go to the direction I’m pointing. Also prior to the race we talked about how to explain when the oars needed to be straightened so we would glide through the water better and decided I needed to tell him which oar (again using my right and left) and whether to move his knuckles toward me or him which worked well in practice.

All of us lined up at the starting line and on the mark we got set and then when the command was given and we went. Kevin shot out in front and from that point on listened to my navigation instructions; “Right, right, RIGHT! Now left, left, knuckles forward, right, right, no left, right, left, knuckles toward you, left, right, right, right, RIGHT.” The race was on and no one was even close to us so things got a bit easier. We didn’t take out any of the moored boats, didn’t get stuck between pilings, nor did we do a 360 at any point in time. In other words, we were boring…there are no pictures of us coming across the finish line but quite a few of the other boats all tangled up in each other. That’s okay, it was fun and felt good to know that when we have a common goal, we can reach it with a little preplanning and good communication!
Vessel Name: KIST
Vessel Make/Model: Fraser 41
Hailing Port: Bellingham WA
Crew: Kevin and Bonnie Peterson
About: Kevin and Bonnie hail from Bellingham Washington. Kevin is a special education teacher at Mount Baker High School in Deming Washington and Bonnie is a self employed project manager. We have two wonderful daughters and two very special grand daughters whom we are going to miss very much on our trip.

Who: Kevin and Bonnie Peterson
Port: Bellingham WA