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)