Memorial Day Weekend on the boat

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This was our first “free” weekend where we weren’t preparing the boat or ourselves for a US Sailing certification of some kind.  Finally, we could just do whatever we wanted to do!  We had some thoughts about joining Club Nautique … Continue reading

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May 10-12, 2013: Coastal Passage Making Graduates, At Last!

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Our CPM certifications and burgees, at long last! With Captain Thomas Perry, our Instructor Our tag trip on D’Uphoria went beautifully.  We were lucky to have scored three more willing crew members, all CPM graduates, who were also a wonderful … Continue reading

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May 6, 2013: CPM Tag Prep Charter

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Even though my own CPM Tag trip was ill-fated, not all was lost.  Realizing their own share of the responsibility for the ordeal, Club Nautique agreed to allow Rick and I to test for our CPM Tag in the same … Continue reading

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May 3-5, 2013 Retirement Celebration Petaluma Trip

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I AM RETIRED!  WOOPIE! My last day of work was April 30.  I received a 2 year incentive to retire early, which gave me about 5.4% more of my highest salary each year for the rest of my life!  That … Continue reading

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April 13, 14, 27, 28 Celestial Navigation

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There is nothing quite so glorious to me as the ability to determine exactly where I am in the world by simply measuring the angle between the horizon and the sun or stars a couple of times a day.  I … Continue reading

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April 11-12, 2013: Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show

This is always so much fun to go to, and so expensive!  We ended up putting money down on a Monitor Wind Vane, a self-steering mechanism we figure is essential for long passages.    It takes up a lot of … Continue reading

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March 30-31, 2013: Flying a Kite!

We don’t own a spinnaker yet, and may not ever own one, but I have always wanted to know how to rig them and how to fly them, so we took a class through Club Nautique on symmetrical spinnakers.  We … Continue reading

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March 23, 24, 2013: New Lifelines, Halyards and Boom Vang

The first thing that the Tag Instructor noticed the weekend before, were some missing cotter pins on the lifelines.  Frankly, neither Rick nor I had spent much time looking at the lifelines.  We didn’t really know what to look for, … Continue reading

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March 15-17, 2013: The Ill-Fated Tag

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On Thursday, March 14, we drove down to Sausalito after work.  We were so excited.  Rick had been tuning up his navigation skills for weeks, and I had finally gotten through my anxiety to the point where I knew “I … Continue reading

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March 9-10, 2013 in Sausalito; last chance to practice before Tag Test

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By this time, all the preparations had been made for our Tag test: the crew was ready, they knew what to bring, all our safety postings and watch schedule postings and meal schedule postings and weather predictions and navigation plans … Continue reading

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