Ready. Set. Sail.

Dr. Sam in red jacket and cap, smiles for the helicopter above taking a video as the Double X sails under the Golden Gate Bridge to the South Seas. All hands are on deck for the beginning of this amazing adventure. San Francisco, Calif., July 16, 2016. Photo: C. Woods.
Yours truly in red jacket and cap, smiling for the aerial video as the Double X sails under the Golden Gate Bridge to the South Seas. All hands are on deck for the beginning of this amazing adventure. San Francisco, Calif., July 16, 2016. Photo: C. Woods.

The Double X crew officially set sail for the South Seas on July 16, 2016, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at precisely 12:30 p.m. It has taken over two years of preparation and a healthy dose of persistence, but it has been worth all the hard work. In fact, it’s nothing short of a dream come true.

In search of luck
One last farewell hug with Francesca until we meet in the South Pacific in a few weeks.
One last farewell hug with Francesca until we meet in the South Pacific in a few weeks. Sausalito, Calif., July 16, 2016. Photo: L. Williams

The night before, the fog settled over the marina like a down quilt, sending Francesca on a mission to find a lucky penny to help usher in sunny skies for our departure.

With so many delays up to this point, a little extra good fortune would be welcome.

Francesca never found that penny, but she brought us luck just the same as the morning fog began to roll out just in time for our departure.

Persistence with a capital P

It has been a journey in itself just getting to this point. We worked to make Double X seaworthy, including a major overhaul of a broken hydraulic system. We adjusted our itinerary to dodge seasonal weather changes. We creatively packed provisions, supplies and personal items to fit into our limited space. In short, we did everything within our power to ensure smooth sailing.

Bee stings, sutures and more

In fact, we even participated in a one-day medical training to be as ready as possible for anything that may come our way from bee stings, fever and rashes to more serious events such as dehydration and beyond. We’ve practiced how to suture wounds and use the automated defibrillator and other basic medical techniques.

Captain Bob and Els have countless years of experience in this arena, but it was nice to review all these things. We’re up to speed, and the medical training guides and equipment are all on board and ready to go.

A Double X send-off like no other

I received one unforgettable send-off from employees several months ago. I felt such an outpouring of love as I made my way around the facility to meet with all the teams and share in their special version of a Double X send-off.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for such a wonderful experience. For some of the highlights, check out Double X Photo Album 1.

Powered by good wishes

In fact, so many family members, friends and colleagues have shared their support and good wishes for this adventure. It has been heart-warming.

We’ve captured some memorable photos, such as those taken at a recent open house event we hosted for local Bay area friends and long-time school buddies in Double X Photo Album 3, and will be posting more as we get them, so be sure to check back.

The adventure begins
The Double X crew poses for one last photo before departing for the South Seas (from left to right): Dr. Sam, Captain Bob, Rod, Paul, Els and Zach. Sausalito, Calif., July 16, 2016.
The Double X crew poses for one last photo before departing for the South Seas (from left to right): Dr. Sam, Captain Bob, Rod, Paul, Els and Zach. Sausalito, Calif., July 16, 2016. Photo: L. Williams

Launch day was unforgettable with a helicopter flying overhead, camera dangling off the nose to capture all the excitement, and well-wishers on the dock and up on the Marin Headlands holding bon voyage banners cheering us on as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge.

We’ve posted a few photos with highlights of all the launch day excitement in Double X Photo Album 4. But, check back often as we’ll be posting more soon.

Excited to learn, and eager to share

Nutrilite™ Double X supplement has gone around the world to help people lead healthier lives. Now, as we have set sail on the Double X, named in tribute to that remarkable product, I can’t wait to report back to you on what we find as we return to familiar places and meet new people.

I can’t wait to report back to you on what we find as we return to familiar places and meet new people.

I am especially eager to find out what people are doing right to achieve and maintain optimal health as well as lead more sustainable lifestyles. In addition, I have brought many books with me (both physical and digital) to read during the voyage and look forward to sharing insights with you.

Taking the first step
The Double X is on her way to the South Pacific after passing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. July 16, 2016. Photo: C. Woods.
The Double X is on her way to the South Pacific after passing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. July 16, 2016. Photo: C. Woods.

As the famous philosopher Lao-Tze said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” This first step for us was certainly a big one, but it’s just the start.

We are looking forward to what the next steps bring and sharing what we find with you. Keep us in your thoughts.

With love,

Dr. Sam Signature

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Sail.”

  1. Dr. Sam, Our visiting Hong Kong ABOs send you a GREAT BIG HELLO!!!! Daniel from HK sends a special hello and says he misses you! His son is still in the business and Daniel still loves the color blue! Right down to his blue suede shoes! WE MISS YOU! Clear sailing! Safe Journey. Your Nutrilite Tours & Experience team.

  2. Sam,
    We are thrilled for you and wish you health and blessings on your fabulous adventure!

  3. Thanks for your thoughts. I will be reading your blog daily. The voyage is an extension of a lifetime of adventure. In retrospect, that spirit has been there since I first saw it during our school days in Ojai 72 years ago.
    With admiration and love,
    Peter

    1. Dear Peter, Thank you for your kind words. We will definitely pass your message on to Dr. Sam.
      With warm regards,
      The Land Crew

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