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Tres Amigos - 221 years of life experience, but can they still sail a sailboat on the ocean?

22 August 2021 | Warrenton, Oregon
Brian Stipak
Yes, 221 years of combined (73+74+74) life experience. But we all know that longevity does not guarantee sagacity. Plus we know that capabilities can diminish with age, and 221 years certainly gives plenty of time for diminishment. Plus look at the reality of what they are: 2 of them are on beta blockers, one had part of the quadriceps muscles removed and a metal rod placed in the femur, two of them have had cancer, one of them had heart failure and had heart surgery, plus more.

So WHAT are these ancient testaments to lost youth trying to do, anyway?

Well, they are all experienced and skilled sailors (or perhaps WERE), but one of them, Gary, has never sailed offshore. For Gary that is on his bucket list. Over several years Brian and Gary have talked about some big possible offshore trips, but those trips never happened. So this year Brian proposed to make an offshore trip together while they still can, and do a short one that they can do now.

So Brian, Gary, and Leslie are now - as I write this - overnighting in Brian's Pacific Seacraft 34 sailboat at the marina in Warrenton, Oregon, only a few miles from the Columbia River Bar. Early in the morning they will depart Warrenton to cross the bar, then turn south for an overnight sail to Newport, Oregon. After a rest day to recover, they intend to beat their way back up the coast, sailing against the prevailing winds and seas. They expect that return to take two nights.

But can they do it? Can three septuagenarians defeat the cruel diminishments and ravages of Father Time and his attendant cruel maladies? Are they just throwing themselves to their demise for the vanity of pretense that they still are what they are no longer, for not willing to admit to their septuagenerian disfunction?

If you want to learn the answer, can these septuagenarians prevail or not, then read my follow-up post. Or perhaps you will read my obituary instead. Either way, you will get your answer.
Vessel Name: Ubiquity
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 34 sailboat, 1987, hull #67
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Brian Stipak, Leslie Sawyer, sometimes others
Captain Brian Stipak typically sails with one additional crew member aboard, most commonly Leslie Sawyer. Leslie is an experienced sailor, and she sailed on most of S/V Ubiquity's 2013 Vancouver Island circumnavigation and the 2015 Haida Gwaii cruise. [...]
Home Page: http://web.pdx.edu/~stipakb/Ubiquity-Cruising.html
Ubiquity's Photos - Main
Marina Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Sailing west of Cabo Falso, Canal de Cerrlavo, Playa Bonanza, La Paz, loading S/V Ubiquity on freighter
88 Photos
Created 25 April 2018
Shows the “ghost town” of empty boulevards built by the government in Puerto Escondido, ashore on Isla San Juan, sailing south to La Paz, and several photos in La Paz, March 2018.
55 Photos
Created 23 March 2018
Santa Rosalia, Whale Watching, Isla Carmen including the Abandoned Salt Mine and Town at Salinas, March 2018
116 Photos
Created 20 March 2018
Midriff Islands, and the Bahia de Los Angeles area
48 Photos
Created 19 March 2018
Marina San Carlos, Marina Seca, Exploring the San Carlos Area, 2017, 2018
41 Photos
Created 19 February 2018
Cruising north in the Sea of Cortez from La Paz to Santa Rosalia. Then crossing the Sea to Bahia San Pedro, before arriving at Marina San Carlos, north of Guaymus, Sonora, Mexico. We hauled S/V Ubiquity at San Carlos for storage at the Marina Seca on-land storage facility for the summer.
119 Photos
Created 24 August 2017
Cruising in the La Paz area, Spring 2017. El Cardoncito, San Evaristo, Isle San Francisco, Playa Bonanza
94 Photos
Created 3 April 2017
34 Photos
Created 13 January 2017
13 Photos
Created 8 January 2017
October 7-9, 2016 get-together of friends in Cathlamet, Washinton. Photos show the kids in the group having fun.
6 Photos
Created 13 October 2016