I Married a Prickly Pear

I married a prickly pear Was smitten on the phone Seemed a great idea Now I am all stung. To tend to all your needs I share a room with nine Roaches of the night Skip lunch and seldom dine. When you're ready we shall sail Through doldrums, storms and trash To islands threatened by … Sigue leyendo I Married a Prickly Pear

Down the corporate ladder and up the yard ladder

Three years ago I was on the beautiful island of Rote, Indonesia, with my mate Furlong, a.k.a. Sasha Mandinga, discussing with some Aussie surfers the feasibility of flying to Australia to learn how to sail and get jobs as deckhands. We had been enjoying touring across Indonesia on our motorbikes but realized that such an … Sigue leyendo Down the corporate ladder and up the yard ladder

The People of the Ring of Fire

In my last post I mentioned my concern at having reached the climax of the trip while sailing along the Aleutian Islands, and how this concern proved unfounded when we reached Kamchatka. I then left Russia quite sad, feeling I had barely scrapped the surface of this remote frontier and convinced I would do all … Sigue leyendo The People of the Ring of Fire


While sailing along the Aleutian Islands, marvelled by their volcanic beauty, the presence of walruses, orcas, sea lions, albatros, grey and humpback whales, I started wondering how I would ever top such an experience. And then we crossed over to Kamchatka. After six days on the open ocean, late in the evening, with a sun … Sigue leyendo Kamchatka

The Beauty of Sailing Alaska

Shakedown in the Shumigans

On a rainy last day of April we set sail from Sand Point on Popof Island to Nagai Island. On our way out, not far from Egg island in the Unga Strait, three grey whales approached the boat to wish us fair winds. The shakedown proved useful: we discovered the watermaker had some leaks and … Sigue leyendo Shakedown in the Shumigans