- 11 ½ months of cruising (we left our dock in
on May 15 of last year) Victoria
- 5230 nautical miles covered (that’s almost 10,000
kilometers….about the distance, by road, from
to Vancouver and back. And we did it at an average speed of 6 kts or 10 km/hr) Halifax
- 113 ports and anchorages visited (during 2 months in
; 3 months in Canada , and 6 1/2 months in USA ) Mexico
- 2000 litres of fuel used
- 169 books read (Kathy 166, Tony 3)
- 720 cervazas consumed (Kathy 3, Tony 717….just kidding!)
- 18 equipment failures (with only 248 swear words spoken)
- 250 straight days of sunshine (we experienced a light drizzle way back the end of August, 2012, but since then it’s been sun, sun, sun)
- Countless sea life viewings (dolphins, killer whales, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, turtles, sea rays, etc…..)
- 4 fish caught (OK….we still haven’t quite got the hang of this!)
We could go on and on, but we think that you’ve probably got the picture; we’ve had a fabulous time. So what have we learnt about ourselves, you ask?
We don’t like long distance cruising. After 3 to 4 hours at the helm we start to go a little squirrelly and we’re looking to get off the boat and do something different. This is a little tough (not to mention dangerous) if you’re out in the middle of the ocean.
We positively despise overnight cruising. We are not, never have been, and never will be, good at losing sleep. A night or two of getting up for a couple 3 hour watches puts both of us in a cranky mood.
Despite meeting a myriad of wonderful new friends, 6 months is a long time to be gone from our family and friends at home. We won’t tell them that we miss them because that would just go to their heads, but the truth is…..well……we miss them!
We also miss boating in the
Northwest. The beauty of cruising amongst hundreds
of islands; the challenge of big tides and currents, narrows, rapids,
rocks and reefs; the serenity and comfort of secluded and sheltered
anchorages; the diversity of activities once we are anchored.
So, we have decided to do an “About Face” and bring Vakasa home. We will reinvent the adventure and start planning 5—6 months of
Pacific Northwest cruising each
year. It will include a new PNW boat .We will miss Vakasa, but the
change in plans and venue is too exciting to allow us to feel too sad. Tony will
have to give up his 365 days a year of sunshine and Kathy will have to live
without the romance of exotic sounding destinations, but getting back to
cruising “our style” will be more than worth it.
So now all we have to do is actually get ourselves and the boat home, which isn’t the easiest task with Kathy, “the one-armed sailor”. But when the body is unwilling sometimes the wallet has to be and we’ve hired a delivery crew to bring Vakasa north. In fact, we watched in awe yesterday, as she sailed away without us. Part of us expected that she would get a few hundred yards out and then just refuse to go any further without her loyal crew aboard….sort of like the Lone Ranger’s horse, Trigger. But no, even Vakasa realizes that it’s time to move on to a new adventure!
Thanks to everyone who has followed along with our journey. It’s been a blast. We should be home by the middle of May and we’ll let you know what comes next.
Kathy, Tony and Rizzo
Entering Puerto Los Cabos
The cross looks down on the boats at dock
We don't grow them like this at home!
Vakasa at her last marina in Mexico (San Jose del Cabo)
A walk through town
Rizzo in training for her airplane flight.....not too sure about the kennel
Starting to get comfy....can't be any worse than on the boat in a gale!
Last day on Vakasa and having a marguarita party
Mike, Sidney and Volker....our intrepid "uphill bash" crew
Packing up and leaving for the hotel
Palapas resort in San Jose del Cabo....our new home for a few days
Seems pretty weird to be living on terra firma
Mr Morning Coffee Man
Mrs Morning Coffee Drinker
Has anyone seen Vakasa?