MatTag Sailabout

Stories, photos, videos, and natural history updates from a family of three traveling from Alaska to Mexico on their sailboat with their Schipperke.

Vessel Name: RESILIENCE
Vessel Make/Model: Contest 44
Hailing Port: Juneau, Alaska
Crew: Beth Mathews, Jim and Glen Taggart
About:
Beth is a marine biologist who has lived in Alaska for 20 years. She retired from the University of Alaska Southeast to begin this sailing adventure with her family. Her research and teaching focus has been on marine mammals and behavioral ecology. [...]
Extra: 2016: Last year Jim delivered our sailboat from Baja to San Francisco Bay where Glen and I met him for the final leg up the Petaluma River to her new home. Resilience is now moored in the Petaluma Marina, only 20 miles south of our land home in Santa Rosa.
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22 July 2020 | Bodega Bay, CA
06 January 2016 | Petaluma Marina
26 June 2015 | San Juanico Bay
25 June 2015 | Exploring Magdelena Bay
19 June 2015 | Off SW end of Baja
27 May 2015 | Santa Rosa, CA
23 March 2015 | La Paz, Mexico
15 October 2014 | Bahia San Pedro, Mexico
15 October 2014 | Santa Rosa, CA
09 June 2014 | Alameda, CA
05 April 2014 | 27.55'N; 111.50'W
03 April 2014 | San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
27 March 2014 | 33.9425 N; 118.4081 W
23 February 2014 | Alameda, CA
18 December 2013 | Alameda, CA
13 June 2013 | Crossing the Sea of Cortez
Recent Blog Posts
22 July 2020 | Bodega Bay, CA

Wilderness with a Big W

Day 40 aboard S/V Resilience*: Last Saturday (7/11), we ducked out under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and motored north into 4-5 foot seas ~4 hours to the shelter of Drakes Bay, off Point Reyes National Seashore. The contrast with exploring the calm, warm-water Delta is striking. Everything [...]

18 December 2019 | Petaluma River

Edgy déjà vu: Petaluma River Retreat from Kincaid Fire Smoke

The Kincade fire began on October 23, 2019 and eventually consumed 78,000 acres--the largest wildfire Sonoma County has ever experienced. The first whiffs of smoke sparked an edgy déjà vu. At noon that day, Jim left our home in Santa Rosa for Petaluma to do some work on our sailboat, planning to return that evening. Although Santa Rosa did not experience an imminent threat, as the Air Quality Index rose, and high-wind forecasts persisted, we decided to shelter on Resilience and head down river to San Francisco. Leaving also meant we could offer our home to a family who had been evacuated from Windsor or Healdsburg, the heart of the Kincaid fire. This short video chronicles our oddly serene trip down the Petaluma River, through agricultural land and past a bucolic small town.

10 January 2016 | Santa Rosa, Ca

VIDEO: Beth reads "The Third Try," a story about releasing fishing line snarled around the prop

Beth Mathews is a marine biologist and writer who set out on a three-year sailing adventure from Alaska to Mexico with her ten-year-old son and husband, after her husband had a debilitating brainstem stroke. In this video, she reads about snorkeling beneath the boat, while in Mexico, to cut the boat's [...]

06 January 2016 | Petaluma Marina

Make a Difference in 2016

With the New Year's first week about to vaporize, I paused today while walking in downtown Petaluma (20 miles south of Santa Rosa) to think about what I had done last year that I wanted to do more of in 2016. The list started with "exercise." Then I remembered that in 2015, I submitted a letter to the [...]

26 June 2015 | San Juanico Bay

5:00 AM Anchor in San Juanico 6/26/2015

5:55AM B: Just read all of your posts. So glad last night went well. Wishing I knew how to teleport. 6/26/2015 FRIDAY [Note: Jim can send send 150 character texts from their InReach GPS device.]

Wilderness with a Big W

22 July 2020 | Bodega Bay, CA
Elizabeth Ann Mathews | Overcast; Lt Wind
Day 40 aboard S/V Resilience*: Last Saturday (7/11), we ducked out under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and motored north into 4-5 foot seas ~4 hours to the shelter of Drakes Bay, off Point Reyes National Seashore. The contrast with exploring the calm, warm-water Delta is striking. Everything out here feels like wilderness with a big "W." I am rediscovering my love for this kind of big-ocean exploring--impossible without Jim's constant improving of Resilience's systems and safety features, and willingness to fix anything.

We're now basing out of Bodega Bay, doing some offshore surveys and enjoying all the life out on the ocean. These days, I'm mainly posting photos, videos, and stories about wildlife and boating at my website: Your text to link...
Hope to hear from you there!

[*Full Disclosure: I returned home for 4 days to do our taxes and check in with Glen and Marina.]

Edgy déjà vu: Petaluma River Retreat from Kincaid Fire Smoke

18 December 2019 | Petaluma River
Elizabeth Ann Mathews | 000,-122.55
The Kincade fire began on October 23, 2019 and eventually consumed 78,000 acres--the largest wildfire Sonoma County has ever experienced. The first whiffs of smoke sparked an edgy déjà vu. At noon that day, Jim left our home in Santa Rosa for Petaluma to do some work on our sailboat, planning to return that evening. Although Santa Rosa did not experience an imminent threat, as the Air Quality Index rose, and high-wind forecasts persisted, we decided to shelter on Resilience and head down river to San Francisco. Leaving also meant we could offer our home to a family who had been evacuated from Windsor or Healdsburg, the heart of the Kincaid fire. This short video chronicles our oddly serene trip down the Petaluma River, through agricultural land and past a bucolic small town.

VIDEO: Beth reads "The Third Try," a story about releasing fishing line snarled around the prop

10 January 2016 | Santa Rosa, Ca
cool, not raining
Beth Mathews is a marine biologist and writer who set out on a three-year sailing adventure from Alaska to Mexico with her ten-year-old son and husband, after her husband had a debilitating brainstem stroke. In this video, she reads about snorkeling beneath the boat, while in Mexico, to cut the boat's prop free of a snarl of fishing line and almost becoming entangled herself.

Make a Difference in 2016

06 January 2016 | Petaluma Marina
rain
With the New Year's first week about to vaporize, I paused today while walking in downtown Petaluma (20 miles south of Santa Rosa) to think about what I had done last year that I wanted to do more of in 2016. The list started with "exercise." Then I remembered that in 2015, I submitted a letter to the editor in the Santa Rosa Sunday Paper and it was published. Speaking out about something important made me feel so good.



The title I submitted was "Mega-drought: Consider Carbon Fee and Dividend." The paper re-titled it "A Carbon Tax." I was fine with that change (after all, it saved two rows of text), but there is a crucial difference between a fee and a tax. With the Carbon Fee and Dividend proposed by Citizen's Climate Lobby (Citizen's Climate Lobby), the funds collected at the source of the carbon extraction will be returned equally to all households, rather than available as a pool of money to politicians. The dividend offsets the rising costs of fossil fuels, helping people with the lowest incomes the most, and the fee creates more incentives for clean alternatives. I like the simplicity, market-driven rather than regulatory approach, and transparency of CCL's approach.

Simply submitting a letter to the editor is important, even if it isn't published. That's because each submission tells the editors of your paper a bit more about what their readers care about. Maybe your letter, on climate change or the rash of new pot-holes in your neighborhood, didn't get published, but it may have helped another community member get their letter published on that same topic.

My new year's resolution is to volunteer more and to submit more letters to the editor. Given that I only submitted one last year, that is not challenging myself much, but it's a start. And yes, I want to ride my bike more. A lot more.

Wishing you a wonderful new year.

Let your voice be heard.

Beth

5:00 AM Anchor in San Juanico 6/26/2015

26 June 2015 | San Juanico Bay
Jim / First Light
5:55AM B: Just read all of your posts. So glad last night went well. Wishing I knew how to teleport. 6/26/2015 FRIDAY [Note: Jim can send send 150 character texts from their InReach GPS device.]

1:14AM
J: Finally ran out of wind. Perkins [engine] reassuring intrusion. Wonderful night. tired sleep. corwin on watch. San Juanico at first light

5:00 AM.
Anchor @ san Juanico. First light. Beautiful calm, tired. Not many lights even for a small village.

5:19 AM
Corwin and Jan are asleep. Sailing a boat is intensely social - awake when everybody asleep is the rare alone time. A panga just zoomed by.

5:27
Jan was smiling broadly sailing last night. Corwin's enthusiasm is wonderful and infectious, when it is rough or we are free diving.
RESILIENCE's Photos - 11: Deck progress & snow!
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