Voyage of the SV Terrwyn

Bill and Cathy Norrie are co-caps on their beautiful yacht, Terrwyn and together they are voyaging around the world.

19 October 2016 | Friday Harbour, Washington.
28 August 2016
18 June 2016 | 48 17'N:124 03'W, Strait of Juan de Fuca
14 June 2016 | 47 30'N:127 35'W, Bamfield, B.C., Canada
13 June 2016 | 47 30'N:127 35'W, Approaching the Pacific North West
12 June 2016 | 45 31'N:131 13'W, Approaching the Pacific North West
11 June 2016 | 44 36'N:132 31'W, Approaching the Pacific North West
09 June 2016 | 42 25'N:135 40'W, Approaching the Pacific North West
07 June 2016 | 40 05'N:140 20'W, Day 15 : Hawaii to Canada
04 June 2016 | 36 40'N:143 30'W, Day 12 : Hawaii to Canada
03 June 2016 | 34 36.5'N:144 28.9'W, Day 11 : Hawaii to Canada
02 June 2016 | 33 00'N:145 32'W, Day 10 : Hawaii to Canada
31 May 2016 | 30 01'N:146 37'W, Day 8 Hawaii to Canada
30 May 2016 | 29 34'N:149 06'W, Day 7 Hawaii to Canada
29 May 2016 | 28 58'N:150 35'W, 6 day underway
26 May 2016 | 24 43'N:156 56'W, Third day underway
25 May 2016 | 22 56.8'N:158 02'W, Leaving Oahu
24 May 2016 | Honolulu, Hawaii
14 May 2016 | Honolulu, Hawaii
12 May 2016 | 21 11.6'N:157 42'W, Sailing to Honolulu


25 August 2013 | 14 33'S:86 55'E, Eastern Indian Ocean
Ship's log

Lat 15 deg 42' S Lon 82 deg 00' E

Day's Run- 148 nm <250T S, 6-7 knots Seas 4 metres SE Breeze Beaufort 6 "Strong Breeze" - 22-28 kts

Our friend, Allison's definition of Adventure: "Misery times Duration". Merely as a reporter never a complainer some may refer to the last couple of days (and expected couple of weeks to follow) as an "Adventure".

It's amazing how 10 measly more knots of wind can colour a picture. The good news is we're making record breaking daily runs of over 150 nms under storm canvas only. We never topped 140 nm/day once, not once going kitty corner across the entire Pacific but this is the Indian Ocean and we had it coming.

Further good news is the starbolines (Pipper) has joined the Harbolines (Suppers) with solid sea legs (tummy). Really good news is galley remains OPEN despite safety concerns. One would think it would be homicide or suicide for either a Larbolin or Stabolin to repectively dream up a solid �" 4 square' hot meal. But now, bring on the challenge as the gourmet meals just keep coming: fajitas; fresh home-made yogurt; spaghetti paired with a special red wine; roast chicken with potatoes, onions and a side of sweet corn and coffee by the pot. Making tea is a scary deal in these conditions!

"Gentlemen do not go to weather". Agreed. Now running down 4-5 metre swells is great for �"ohhs' and �"ahhhs' and mileage excellent, but frankly wet in the cockpit and tough to stand or even sit below deck. It's not the regualr wave train now spaced at 30 metres apart but those odd ball SSW �"ers slamming into the windward port beam that gets ones attention. I'm not so sure that a gentleman would go this way either.

I still love standing in the cockpit watching Terrwyn's bow plunging and roaring through these seas or just lounging the hours away staring over the sea just watching it all go by. Here one now simply gets wet day and night, frankly shocking bucketsful one never knows when its coming... more time is spent below decks now.

Below decks every portal must be sealed, water tight. No breeze way now - a pity as at 28-30 degrees it would be nice; now it is more like a stuffy old sauna. There really is now escaping it and it get a little damper each day.

Good news is Terrwyn is on her feet and not complaining. She ran over a log yesterday - boom, boom, grump and then popped up in the wake ~ 6" X 20'. Reminicent of Canadian Pacific NW sailing. We still have our rudder and wind vane attached and expect our prop to turn when called upon - all credit to the Pacific Seacraft toughness. Not an U.F.O. (Unidentified Floating Object) but a long way out here... go figure??

Good news again. Terrwyn's library has been overloaded via Cocos cruisers BBQ Beach exchange and our berth remains dry.

Yes, Allison, we are having an Adventure and soon we shall be over halfway there. Neptune willing.

See photo of Scups in the cockpit 'enjoying' the Indian Ocean slammers.
Vessel Name: Terrwyn
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37
Hailing Port: Victoria, B.C., Canada
Crew: Bill and Cathy Norrie (AKA Scuppers and Pipper)
SV Terrwyn has completed her circumnavigation of the world with her co-skippers Catherine (AKA Poppy) and William (AKA Scuppers) now getting used to their land legs. Getting off the boat successfully onto terra firma can be a challenge. [...]
Extra: Bill and Cathy are co-caps and together on their beautiful yacht, SV Terrwyn they are travelling around the world. We hope you enjoy travelling with us and we love to read any comments that you might leave.
Terrwyn's Photos - Main
The party was held at The Latch Inn, Sidney B.C. Over 80 people from far and wide joined us to celebrate our circumnavigation.
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Created 28 August 2016
We were able to get a 20 day visa to visit the Galapagos. Of those days we spent some on the island of Santa Cruz where Terrwyn is anchored then went on a 4 day cruise tour with 14 other people. The cruise took us to: Bachas Bay on Baltra Island, , Genovesa Island one of the most remote of the islands, Bartolome a volcanic islet just off the island of Santiago and finally Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago. A highlight for us was our final snorkelling time at Los Tuneles on Isabela. Imagine drifiting amongst numerous giant Green Turtles as they browse the seaweed. Bill even saw a large Seahorse, 8-10 inches in height! It was too far down (about 5 metres) for me to dive to. Seahorses are notoriously hard to find so this was quite a coup for the group to find.
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Created 26 March 2016
We sailed from Trinidad to Bonaire and then on to Santa Marta, Columbia. After a few days we took the bus to Cartagena and stayed overnight. Lovely historical town. From Santa Marta we sailed to the San Blas Islands visiting 3 different islands, one of which had a traditional village with very friendly Kunas. One of our favourite anchorages was the Swimming Pool Anchorage in the Holandes Cays. BBQ Island was sweet with a grass hut cafe that served fresh fish dinners every night - the guys would go out fishing at 6pm and the fish was served at 7:30. Talk about straight from the hook to your plate!! Transit the Panama Canal is another adventure.
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Created 28 February 2016
Time spent in Santa Marta and Cartagena gave us a taste of Colombia.
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Created 13 February 2016
A fascinating peek into history. One could almost sense the spirits which must still abound this place of confinement.
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Created 9 April 2015
We sailed in on Christmas morning 2014 and plan to stay a couple or three weeks. Lots to do and so many wonderful Saints to get to know.
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Created 2 January 2015
Whilst anchored in Walvis Bay we hired a car and took off into the desert. First Sossussvlei and then north to Etosha National Park and wild animals.
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Created 14 December 2014
We spent just over a week in the RCYC (Royal Cape Yacht Club) and enjoyed Cape Town especially with the Volvo Ocean Race teams being here (their first stop in the round the world race).
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Created 21 November 2014
On November 13, 2014 exactly one year to the day (and almost to the hour) when we sailed into False Bay from the east we set sail for the Cape of Good Hope. The only day in many that the weather was fair for us to head out. We made the journey from Simon's Town to Cape Town in a good time of 9 hours.
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Created 17 November 2014
Just a few images of the results of months of planning what we should take with us for our next leg. Despite careful selections when it comes down to the crunch much had to be left behind...
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Created 31 October 2014
We kept Terrwyn in Gulf Harbour Marina, Auckland New Zealand since we arrived in November 2011. After much work done to fix, add and update her we are finally ready to head off again. We spent a couple of nights in the Viaduct Marina in Auckland. It was fun to be in the middle of everything...particularly since an International Triathalon was being held in the Viaduct that weekend. Lots of people and things happening. We then headed off for Kawua Island where we spent a few days on a very secure mooring buoy thanks to the hospitatlity of the owners of Kawau Lodge, Helen and Dave Jefferies. Dinner with Lin and Larry Pardey was fun. A trip in Pickle, our inflatable dinghy, to Mansion House Bay topped it all off!
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Created 11 April 2013