Wide Open Sea

When I was 16 years old, I sailed on the Trimaran Columba from Ventura, California to the Hawaiian Islands with 11 other people. The captain was our high school football coach, and the rest of us were high schoolers and a few beginning college students. I had a love/hate relationship with the water. In every… Read More Wide Open Sea

Adventures in Sailing, Part 8 – Nighttime at Sea

Photo by Johannes Plenio from Pexels Adventures in Sailing, part 8 Nights on the Pacific Ocean were absolutely fantastic. The stars shone brighter than I had ever seen since the sky was free from any city light pollution. We practiced taking sights with our sextants. We were under strict orders to always wear our life jackets and to… Read More Adventures in Sailing, Part 8 – Nighttime at Sea

Adventures in Sailing, Part 7 – The Day-to-Day in the Pacific

Photo by Oliver Sjöström from Pexels Adventures in Sailing, part 7 The day-to-day in the boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean can become quite dull. Oh, give me that dullness all year long. In the first part of this series, I described our encounter in the doldrums. But when we had wind, there wasn’t anything quite… Read More Adventures in Sailing, Part 7 – The Day-to-Day in the Pacific

Adventures in Sailing, Part 6 – Hawaii Bound – But First, The U.S. Navy

Photo by Darren Nunis on Unsplash Adventures in Sailing, part 6 Our 12 person crew on the 42-foot trimaran Columba, headed to Hawaii, were off to a slow start as we rounded the southern edge of Catalina island on our 2nd day. The winds accelerated and we headed to San Clemente island at the end of our 3rd… Read More Adventures in Sailing, Part 6 – Hawaii Bound – But First, The U.S. Navy

Adventures in Sailing, Part 3 – A Valley Dude Goes to the Beach

Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels Adventures in Sailing, part 3 Eleven students signed up to sail to Hawaii from Ventura, California on a 42-foot trimaran for $800.00 apiece in 1979 money. That’s more than $2700 in 2019 monies. Actually, only 10 students signed up as the the captain’s daughter was also coming along and presumably didn’t need to… Read More Adventures in Sailing, Part 3 – A Valley Dude Goes to the Beach

Adventures in Sailing, Part 1 – Stuck in the Middle with You

Adventures in Sailing, part 1 Photo by Tatiana from Pexels “Everyone in the water. Let’s go!” The captain gives the orders, and the crew obeys. That’s the law of the sea. But in this particular instance, the order seemed fraught with danger. Captain Mathias, unshaven for a couple weeks, portly, in his shorts and flip-flops, and flimsy t-shirt… Read More Adventures in Sailing, Part 1 – Stuck in the Middle with You