Poppy's Offshore Challenge

Follow the sailing vessel "Poppy" on her world class tour.

25 September 2018
13 August 2017 | Moorea Is., French Polynesia
31 July 2017 | Bora Bora Is., French Polynesia
11 July 2017 | Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa Is, The Tuamotos, French Polynesia
05 July 2017 | Hakahau Bay, Oa Pou Is, The Marquesas, French Polynesia
05 July 2017 | Hakahau Bay, Oa Pou Is, The Marquesas, French Polynesia
02 July 2017 | Nuku Hiva Is, The Marquesas, French Polynesia
17 June 2017 | Tahuata Is, The Marquesas, French Polynesia
08 June 2017 | Traitor's Bay, Hiva Oa, French Polynesia
23 May 2017 | At Sea
19 May 2017 | At Sea
17 May 2017 | Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico
07 May 2017 | Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico
26 March 2017 | La Paz, BCS, Mexico
22 March 2017 | La Paz, BCS, Mexico
02 February 2017 | Marina Palmira, La Paz, BCS, Mexico
29 January 2017 | Marina Palmira, La Paz, BCS, Mexico
22 January 2017 | La Paz, BCS, Mexico

The Name Game - What's it all about, POPPY?

02 February 2017 | Marina Palmira, La Paz, BCS, Mexico
The Cliff Notes version:
"Poppy" is dedicated to my dad and the veterans of ALL wars.

If you have the time...
The One:
Red Poppy - A unique singular specimen in all her glory. Precisionist oil on canvas painting by Georgia O'keefe - 1927

So, why the name "Poppy"?

The Poppy Boat: Another unique, singular specimen.


Well, it comes from a couple of elements really, the first one, kinda superficial, is just about flowers and boats -Pretty simple.

The Many:
Just a reminder that we each as "The One" are part of "The Many" - like all these poppies, and responsible for our universe.


Page two:
Then there's this other element - This patriotic, old world dominating, militaristic, empire building, American Dream Scheme. Until a year or so ago, I was proud to be a a part of all this, all before the dawning of the TRUMP ERA.

So - two steps back and here enters The American Legion / Vererans of Foreign Wars Remembrance Poppy:

The remembrance poppy was adopted at the end of "The Great War". The armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compi├Ęgne, France on November 11th, 1918. Yep, we call it Veterans' Day now.

The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields". Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies a part of Belgium. The poppy it seems flourishes in that environment.

Not that popular in the U.S. since the 1950's, the wearing of the poppy is common in the U.K. and Canada on Armistice Day and other veterans' holidays.

"In Flanders Fields" by LTC John McCrea, written on the battlefield in 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres:

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


My dad, Robert A. Patrick, ETC, USN, a WW II veteran enroute to Japan March 1, 1960 aboard the USS Yorktown (CVS-10). In his later years I called him 'Poppy".



Poppy - 2009 - San Luis Obispo, CA: And I just noticed - the vase in the background - looking like it's sitting on his shoulder has... a POPPY!!


So, the PoppyBoat is a dedication to my dad and the veterans of ALL wars.

And now you know... the rest of the story. (You were reading this in Paul Harvey's voice, right?)
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Vessel Name: Poppy
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Suzanne Patrick
About: Retired accountant, broke-down blues/rock-n-roll keyboard player, with ties to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, CA.
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