A Local’s Guide of Campbell River and Beyond by Sailboat

Tyler and I have spent 2020 exploring close to home (thanks to COVID). We recently moved to Campbell River, situated on the edge of Desolation Sound, and have been loving how convenient wilderness anchorages are. A few hours by motor or sail have us in remote anchorages with no one else around. Here are a…

Backyard Boatyard

Previously published in Pacific Yachting issue October 2019 If you have an old boat, chances are there will come a time in life when you will need to give her more TLC than just a week or two in the boat yard. Whether out of necessity for budget, prepping for a longer voyage, or you’re…

Learning the Lines

Previously published in Pacific Yachting, July 2019 While most kids were thrown into camps in the summer months, my dad thought it was more important for me to spend time on the water. Throughout my childhood, he encouraged me to catch and kill crabs, tie bowline knots one-handed, read a compass, and even scrape peeling…

We Bought a Tartan 42′!

I’m 28 years old and I’ve already owned three boats. Some may think I have two-foot-itis, but I say perhaps it’s just finding the right boat to fit our needs. Tyler and I purchased a 1981 Tartan 42, which we’ve renamed to Footloose. Tyler and I have started our own YouTube channel documenting the fun,…

A New Adventure: #SPRAY

If you told me 10 years ago that I would turn into my parents, I would have laughed. Although my years of spending summers exploring the seemingly endless bays, fjords, and waterways of BC’s coast, shaped me, my high heels and nail polish at the time would suggest otherwise. I’ve been through all the phases:…

Goodbye Hawaii!

After a week filled with both adventure and a few trips to Costco to provision, we have now left Christine and picked up our new crew: Josh. Fenwick Light is sitting a little lower in the water and we are ready to go! I have finally put together a little more about our passage here, for…

Lanai to Oahu: Big City Life

We are now on the island of Oahu after a sleepless overnight passage from Lanai. We gave Christine a taste of offshore cruising and even had to call a tug boat to alter course sometime around midnight, as we were sandwiched between two. Sailing is much more stressful when close to land! 10 days left…

Surviving Darby

Storm Watch turned into Storm Warning and the crew of Fenwick Light quickly packed our bags as the warning to find shelter on land echoed over the VHF radio. It’s not often hurricane’s or tropical storms hit the islands, so it we were unlucky to time our visit with “Darby”! Fortunately Tropical storm “Darby” didn’t effect…

Maui

After blogging every day on our trip, how do I summarize a week of adventures on an island in one post? I’ll do my best to keep it short. We landed in Kahului, on the North side of Maui, as the sun was rising. The lush green mountains greeted us in golden light and the…