These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

30 September 2021 | Home in Anchorage
16 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
12 September 2021 | Pension Tiare anui
10 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
09 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
05 September 2021 | Raiatea
03 September 2021 | Raiatea
01 September 2021 | Apu Bay, Taha'a
31 August 2021 | Apu Bay
28 August 2021 | Bora Bora
22 August 2021 | Bora Bora
21 August 2021 | Bora Bora
20 August 2021 | Now, Bora Bora
15 August 2021 | Faaroa Bay, Raiatea
14 August 2021 | Fare, Huahine
10 August 2021 | Avea Bay
01 August 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
30 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
27 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
25 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui

We Consider Leg 8

26 July 2015 | Anchorage, Alaska
Bill, at home
As I sit here looking out at the rainy Alaskan landscape, it’s hard to imagine that we’re done with this leg. Of course I knew in the beginning that at some point I’d be able to look back after we were done, but the trip was so unusual and at time so difficult, that I was not able to always see toward the end. My attention was focused completely on surviving the next few hours.

That’s not completely true: survival was never in question. Equanimity was, though. To start, I knew that I’d be stretched to accomplish Conni’s usual tasks as well as my own, and that proved to be true. I’d like thank my crew of Phil, John, and Darden for making the trip possible. Whatever fun we had was due to their good humor fighting against the constant boat difficulties. Thanks, guys.

With the boat in French Polynesia again, Conni and I were able to enjoy, and that’s an unusual word for us, some cruising as others do it. Conni and I genuinely had fun. We had a few mechanical issues to overcome, but for the most part, we were simply out there seeing the world. What a difference! As you might have read, we’ll return to French Polynesia next year and perhaps the year after.

Conni’s back at work and I’m working on next year’s list of purchase/repair items while my memories can complete my notes on what we need. I’ll be purchasing a new laptop in the next few days, so we’ll be able to post things next year.

So, out of the hardship of getting to the South Pacific and toiling upwind this year, we are now poised for several years of simple cruising, without long passages requiring either crew or being on watch for days. That's not to say that we won't revisit some places that require some overnight work, but we're on no schedule but our own and we'll decide where we go. We can always return the boat to Raiatea and know that she'll be safe and cared for, and at last we understand the importance of eschewing schedules and spending our time together in this magnificent part of the world.

I was able to build some pages for the site that completed the picture set for this trip. I posted photos for Fakarava, Rangiroa, Huahine, and Raiatea, as well as an explanation of the second-half of the trip’s itinerary. If you’d like to see them, you know to go to and select the pages that you’d like to see.

For those of you who followed us, please accept our thanks. There’ll be more in April, 2016!
Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Constance Livsey
About: We've been married since 1991, and both retired from our respective jobs (teacher and attorney) after long careers. We live in the most exotic of the United States: Alaska. We cruise on Wings for half the year, enjoying our home state the other part of the year.
We've sailed Wings Southward from Alaska since August, 2010. We joined the BajaHaha from SoCal to Mexico in 2012. We joined the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2013 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Wings "over-summered" in French Polynesia. We continued our journey through western French Polynesia, [...]
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