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The Lull Before the (figurative) Storm

Posted by Keith on March 30, 2007 at 1:04 pm  

12:53 PM, Scottsdale, AZ

The house is silent. Lynn has gone to pick up the boys at school. In an hour we will depart for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. From there we will fly to San Diego. On Saturday we’ll check final arrangements, say our final goodbyes, and — with luck — on Sunday, as our radio show ends toward 11 AM — the crew and I will finally — finally — depart for Hawaii, on the first leg of our open-ended world journey.

Captain Wolf says we might have a weather delay of up to twelve hours. If we do, we do. That’s why we pay a weather routing service. But we’ll be shoving off soon enough. The ship is ready to go.

It is a perfectly beautiful day here in Scottsdale. Perfect weather. Blue skies. I’m soaking in these final moments at home. The silence is deafening. I already miss my family!

I’ll return frequently, but it will all be different when I do. The trip will be underway, our wonderful Nordhavn 55 will be somewhere on the far side of the world, and our time together as a family will be particularly precious.

When I was a small boy, my father dreamed of owning a boat. He spent countless hours looking at literature and dreaming of the day he might take to sea.

He never bought a boat. He never went to sea. He’s gone now, along with my mother.

This trip is about all the dreams I’ve had since then.

But it’s also for him.



3 Comments so far

  1. Jerry Miller on March 30, 2007 6:14 pm

    God be with you, your crew and your ship.

    My wife and I will be watching and listening.

    Best regards,


    Thanks, Jerry, for your very kind comments. Sorry you apparently had some difficulty with additional emails to the site. My apologies.


  2. barry reid on March 31, 2007 6:29 am

    I, to like your father, dream of owning a boat and going to sea.but may never do so.i wish you the best on your wonderful trip.looking forward to your picture,s and commentary.a 62 year old retired carpenter.


    This trip if for everyone who have ever dreamed the dream, including you, my friend!


  3. Mike S on April 1, 2007 11:05 am

    Having done a lot of blue water sailing I will be watching with interest to see how your power boat behaves at sea etc. I’ve sailed LAX to HNL many times and am about to do it again in July when we sail yet another Transpac race ending at the Hawaii Yacht club. Enjoy your trip…I got to the USA via sailboat after an 18 month trip from Sydney Australia back in 1978..probably the best eighteen months of my life..Now I fly the same trip in 14 hrs..and get paid for it !! courtesy of my airline employer.

    Not sure where your pulling in when you get to HNL but make sure you visit the Hawaii Yacht club (beautiful location for dinner etc)and also the Charthouse which is located not far from the club in the Alawai Marina. As you can tell from my email address I live here in Hawaii but am based (work wise) out of SFO.

    All the best and ALOHA from the Hawaiian Islands.

    Mike S

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