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The Double X sails under the Golden Gate Bridge on departure day with winds blowing at 20-25 knots, making for an exciting beginning to our journey to the South Seas. San Francisco, Calif., July 16, 2016. Photo: C. Woods
The Double X sails under the Golden Gate Bridge on departure day with winds blowing at 20-25 knots, making for an exciting beginning to our journey to the South Seas. San Francisco, Calif., July 16, 2016. Photo: C. Woods

Winds at 20-25 knots added to the excitement of the first day of our South Sea adventure. Cutting through the waves as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge into the howling wind made for some really wild sailing.

Els said it best: “Sam, you finally get a chance to see some real sailing by the Double X.” Continue reading We’re Off, Powered by Friendship

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. Continue reading Ready. Set. Sail.

Eating Our Way Across the Pacific

A sunset lights up the horizon during a pre-launch sailing trial to the Channel Islands. May 29, 2016.
A sunset lights up the horizon during a pre-launch sailing trial to the Channel Islands. We’re looking forward to more of nature’s wonder as we cross the Pacific Ocean. May 29, 2016.

It’s hard to believe, the first leg of the Double X journey, crossing the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to the Marquesas Islands, is just three days away. I expect it will take us about three weeks to cross the ocean, but with all the wild weather these days, it’s tough to predict just how long it will be before we arrive. Continue reading Eating Our Way Across the Pacific

A Tough Motor to San Francisco

A view over the Double X stern as it motors out of Newport Jetty in the early morning. The ship’s flag is limp, signaling calm winds needed for good motoring conditions, Newport Beach, Calif., June 14, 2016.
A view over the Double X stern as it motors out of Newport Jetty in the early morning. The ship’s flag is limp, signaling calm winds needed for good motoring conditions, Newport Beach, Calif., June 14, 2016.

We left Newport Beach on June 14th to motor up the coast to San Francisco for our departure to the South Seas on July 16th. Typically, the wind whips straight down the coast, so you need to motor up to make any progress at all. (If we sailed up, we would probably still be out there.) Continue reading A Tough Motor to San Francisco

The Adventures of the Firebird

Firebird Crew
The Firebird crew (from left to right): Dr. Sam, Captain Bob, Tom Harabee and Bill Crawford (B.C.), Seychelles, March 1977.

Throughout the Double X journey, I thought it would be fun to share highlights of my earlier sailing sabbatical aboard the Firebird over 40 years ago. I’m categorizing these posts under “Blast from the Past.” As luck would have it, Captain Bob, the skipper for the Firebird journey, is also the skipper for the Double X journey. Continue reading The Adventures of the Firebird