Peggy started out power boating over 35 years ago in the Great Lakes; and started diving Great Lakes shipwrecks over 15 years ago. For the past three years, Steve’s has had Peggy in an apprentice sailing program. Apparently the training has paid off since we are well underway, presently living the offshore lifestyle in the Sea of Cortes Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico.
Once we determined that we wanted to spend time traveling the world via sailboat, in 2013 we purchased SV Flyer. Throughout the purchase process we realized that we required a boat that met both Peggy and Steve’s expectation. Considering this would become ‘home’ Peggy wanted to ensure the comfort of guests as well as daily living; while accommodating for all of the necessary gear which consists of scuba equipment, kayaks, a well provisioned pantry, bicycles, books, etc. Meanwhile, Steve wanted a comfortable boat that performed better than all of his previous boats combined that also enabled him to greet fellow racers at the finish line.
After three trips to California and the surrounding Pacific Northwest, and several project boats later… SV Flyer offered the best of both worlds. SV Flyer, a Beneteau First 47.7 was built in France in 2001. Coincidentally, Steve had an opportunity to race and crew on Flyer with the previous owner, a fellow sailor and colleague. The past few years Flyer has had a few upgrades accommodating the need for long term living and comfort. Some of upgrades include a dodger, bimini, solar panels, forced air heating system, a portable washer, water maker, AIS and SSB communications system, and an updated flat screen TV.
Although we cannot predict the future, our ambitions are to sail indefinitely and explore as many regions of the world as possible via Flyer. Our trial excursion in 2014 included a trip to western Vancouver Island B.C., Barclay Sound region, in which we participated and won the 2014 NORPAC race. We continued the summer sailing season venturing throughout the San Juan Islands, north into Desolation Sound, the Gulf Islands and Princess Louisa Inlet.
Our 2015 expedition has included another cruise throughout British Columbia, including the Seattle Yacht Club 2015 Commodore’s Cruise, the San Juan Islands and a return visit to Princess Louisa Inlet…Peggy’s favorite place in the whole wide world.
In September we had an adventurous passage from Port Townsend, WA to San Francisco, CA with our trusty crew members, including a seasoned voyaging veteran sailor and past Commodore; along with our enthusiastic, thrill seeking nephew and now seasoned sailor.
Exploring the California coast and outlying islands via sailboat has been enlightening as we prepared for our upcoming cruise and sailing season in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes and Pacific Coast. Recently we have arrived in LaPaz, BCS, Mexico following a ten day passage along California Baja Norte and California Baja Sur. Although we don’t have a structured itinerary, future plans include sailing and exploring the Sea of Cortes throughout Mexico while determining other distant lands and seas still to be explored.
Estén atentos a medida que continuamos nuestro viaje … stay tuned as we continue our voyage!