“My love affair with 5200”

I have been dreaming of sailing around the world since I first stepped aboard a boat in 2006 in Greece.  At first I was content hitch-hiking around with other people then realized that I could do it on my own, now that would be a challenge!  I wasn’t even sure if I could.

Finally, for my 30th B-day I bought myself a boat and spent my time in Alameda refitting her.  Such a wonderful place Alameda with friendly people, so many awesome sailors, arts, music + good food and all you need is a bike to get around.  I really loved my time there.

On the 5th of July, day after Transpac left (which my boyfriend BJ Caldwell was on aboard the 1D35 “Alpha Puppy”) I headed out from Monterey Bay, California to Hawaii.  I was guided by whales breaching around me, dolphins, seals, thru the fog and be-calmed days to the warmer waters and tropical sunshine of Hawaii.

After a slow 21-day passage and running out of breeze in the Molokai Channel, the morning rays of sun lit up Oahu with pink and golden sky’s, such a sight for my eyes!  I was greeted by family and friends and don’t think I have ever been more at peace or happy in my life.

Now I’m sitting in Hanalei Bay on a friend’s boat, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and spinner dolphins, drinking in the beauty before I get back to work on “Yemaya” as we are running late in the season and need to set off to Tonga asap.

And begin leg #2 on what will be my solo circumnavigation from Hawaii to Hawaii!

-courtesy Linda P before leaving

-posted by BJ (www.bjcaldwell.com)

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2 thoughts on ““My love affair with 5200”

  1. Denny Collier

    Go Linda !!!

  2. Geoff and Paola Styles

    G’day Linda,
    Looking forward to meeting you and listening to all the stories!! We are friends of your Mum and Robert and also do a bit of sailing along the coast.
    We hope you have a safe but eventful journey back to Oz.
    Cheers, pleasant winds and safe weather,
    Geoff and Paola. Brisbane.

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