Nautical Adventure Journal

Read about my crazy nautical adventures!

An Inside Look At Race Committee Life

December 28, 2018
race committee

As is often the case, a simple “Sure, I would be happy to help” takes on a life of its own. That is certainly the case where Delavan Lake Yacht Club Race Committee and I are concerned. Beloved Commodore Jack asked if I might be able to help out one weekend afternoon. In the blink of an eye, I found myself as the indispensable First Mate of retired Naval Officer, ocean cruiser and Principle Race Officer extraordinaire, Brian B. Being on the Race Committee is a pretty good second to being on a race boat. The signal boat is a…

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Schooner Edith M Becker At Dock

A Schooner Delivery: St. Thomas to Florida

November 20, 2018

Some might say flying 2,100 miles to sail a type of boat I had never sailed with a group of people I’d never met “might” seem a little crazy. Count me in.

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2018 C Worlds on Delavan Lake

Sporty Sailing & Man Overboard at C Worlds on Delavan Lake

October 30, 2018

The 2018 C Worlds, a one design series for C Scows, were held the first weekend in October on Delavan Lake in Southeastern Wisconsin. It’s a regatta that’s been held at Delavan Lake Yacht Club upwards of 20 years. The C Scow was the first class of scows built by…

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Point 2 Point Collaborates With Harken

Point 2 Point Collaborates with Harken

October 10, 2018

Point 2 Point has collaborated with Harken to create a series of medical safety videos for Harken Blockheads, their children’s sailing program. What a trip!

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Meltdown Wins Catalina 30 Nationals!

The Mighty Meltdown Sweeps Nationals

The 2018 Catalina 30 Nationals were held at Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago the middle of August. The mighty Meltdown walked away with five bullets. Besides the thrill of sweeping the series, it was a fabulous adventure all the way around.

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Oyster Bay Road Trip

Oyster Bay Roadtrip

November 2016: Fabulous road trip to learn and network. Shaking hands and kissing babies. Spent some time at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay NY with Dawn Riley, Tim Kent, and the crew. They are an amazing, talented team of rock star sailors working to share their knowledge and train young athletes. I was lucky enough to arrive as they were winterizing the fleet and was able to participate in the projects. Each morning the team gets together for the daily briefing, then off to clean winches, repair fiberglass, sand brightwork, and haul boats.

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Return From Paradise

Return from Paradise – Kauai to California

Shaman, a 1960’s era Cal 40, found herself in Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai in need of passage back home to Santa Cruz after competing in the Single Handed Transpac with her owner, Tim Burden, senior editor of the West Advisor series. This beautiful lady was a joy to sail.

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Homeward Bound from Paradise

SSYC member and Hobgoblin crewmate Shelly Galligan has embarked on a 2,700-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean, delivering a 50-year-old Cal 40 from Nawiliwili Harbor in Kauai, Hawaii, to Santa Cruz, CA. Arrival at the mainland will be toward the end of September. Skipper Shelly’s two crew members are Ryan Finn and Eric Bowen. Eric crewed with her on a Panama-to-Tampa delivery earlier this year.

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Cuba Delivery Journal Entry


Incredible trip to Cuba as the Captain of a chartered catamaran with 9 new friends. We flew into Santa Clara and explored for a few days, then were driven to the marina in Cienfuegos. Apparently, there aren’t many women captains in Cuba. The looks of incredulity I received from the charter people, other captains and port authorities along the way were absolutely wonderful.

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