Puget Sound

After 25 days at sea we’ve arrived and are tied up in Port Angeles Marina in Port Angeles, Washington. Before leaving Hawaii, we spent considerable time discussing if we should drop our Alaska plans and sail back into the South Pacific instead.  Covid-19 had closed Canada and the Inland Waterway for sailors, so going north…

How to download GRIB files

  When you read our blogs or watch our videos, you frequently hear us talking about GRIB files and downloading them.  GRIB files is “Greek” to those of you who aren’t bluewater cruising sailors.  Since one of our “landlubber” readers asked us to please explain this and make a video – we’ve now done that.…

25 days at sea – Passage to Washington

  We took in our lines and sailed out of Ali Wai harbor early Thursday morning intending to meet up with Minstrel Boy, a Canadian boat that was to be our “buddy boat” for the passage.  They were in Ko ilina marina, further along the coast. Well a crappy start, an hour after we left…

Isolated on Hawaii

  Vinni   We’d, via the press, followed the spread of the Corona virus from Wuhan in China.  We hoped that the Chinese would be able to contain it, but it quickly spread to the rest of Asia, then Europe and finally the US and the rest of the world.  A pandemic was started.  Many…

Pearl Harbor

  The winds of war   The Second World War was a long time coming in the Pacific.  In Japan, the military held the actual power, not the civilian government.  The military had ambitions to gain control over all Asia and the Pacific.  In 1931, Japan started on its territorial conquests by invading Manchuria and…

O`ahu

  As dawn breaks, we can see O´ahu’s skyline and the famous Diamond Head.  The air out here on the ocean is clean and clear so we have been able to see Honolulu’s lights from far away.  We’ve reached Honolulu and I guess it is first now that we truly realize we have sailed to…

Maui – from a paradise to a hell on water

We made landfall on Marui two weeks before Carsten’s daughter, husband, and our two grandchildren flew in.  Viggo is eight and Frida is six, the whole family flew in from San Francisco to visit us on Maui.  Maui is the next largest Hawaiian island after Hawaii- The big island.  We’re on a mooring ball just…

Maui – a whale zoo

  We get a weather window on January 22nd that will allow us to sail from Hilo to Maui.  We’ve waited a long time for this – we need to feel some sunshine. We haven’t seen the sun for almost three weeks now – since New Year’s it has rained the proverbial cats and dogs…

Hawaii – The Big Island

  First off, we need to understand some things about Hawaii – actually, there are two of them.  There is Hawaii, the state, consisting of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Kahoolawe and Hawaii (The Big Island) and some small islands. Hawaii, the southernmost island is called Hawaii, but in order to know what everyone is talking…