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Farewell and fair winds

Glenn Harvey Wakefield August 6, 1950 – October 5, 2020 At the helm of the Blue Leopard. Greek Islands, 1969 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father Glenn Wakefield. Glenn was adored by his … [Read More...]

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Thank you

Thank you for sharing your memories of Glenn and your heartfelt messages. If there is one thing Glenn would have hoped for, it is that his family would be okay. Where that seems impossible … [Read More...]

With you in spirit

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 On our Haida 26, Sannu II somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, 1997 It is with deep sadness that we let you know that our dear, sweet Glenn passed away peacefully last night … [Read More...]

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Enjoying pleasant weather …for now

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Position: 33.45 N, 147. 61 W @ 20:45 Pacific Daylight Savings time It is a splendid afternoon, the sky is bright blue and the ocean a deep indigo. Our speed is not earth shattering but for a light ten knot breeze coming just off our stern starboard quarter we are doing a respectable 3-4 knots. … [Read More...]

Not a breath of wind or a ripple of sea

What a splendid morning, sun is just up over the edge of the pond. Not a ripple anywhere, the sea is molten mercury, we are waddling in a south west swell which we have been in all night. We have drifted three miles closer to home and by the looks of things, our prospects of going much further could be going only another three … [Read More...]

We’re working on it …

  We have a technical glitch at the moment. The result is the program that sends subscribers updates via email is not working. I've been working madly to try to fix it. I reached out to WordPress for help and the best I was offered was to post my problem to a public forum. This was after doing their updates!!! … [Read More...]

A fine balance

Monday, April 24, 2017 Tonight, I watched the blazing orb of the sun set for the second night in a row. It slipped quietly into the grey molten sea without a splash as if an act in a magic show. Without the light of day, night sailing takes on a rather white cane approach. All my senses are piqued and shift into another … [Read More...]

Waiting for my ride

Monday, April 24, 2017 Lat 30.56 N, Long 149. 36 W There is a draft wind from the south pushing us very slowly before it. It would seem the good sailing wind and I are just missing each other. I will spend another day practicing my light air sailing skills while trying to dodge the chafe on the lines that inevitability … [Read More...]

Making a steady 100 miles a day

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Well they don't make much better days than this for cruising along. Warm sunny day, wind 10 knots, sea calm with overlying swells, not not much, WW II sailing herself and feeling good and in the moment. Doing some carving and reading, writing and housekeeping. Good food and music. Company … [Read More...]

Heading ‘True North’

Saturday, April 22, 2017 It's 8:23 am and I have caught up on some sleep that was donated, to keep us on the best course and move along top speed through the night. We've had some fickle winds the last 18 hrs. Either on the nose or just not strong enough to keep us on course. I spent a bit of brain power debating which tack … [Read More...]

Email is back !

Friday April 21, 2017 Lat 24.42 N, Long 157.04 W Course: 053 Speed: 6 knots Wind:ESE 10 knots Waves: E 2 metres Cloud: 40% Barometer: 1020 Distance to home: 2098 nm Bright sunny morning here. Half moon still with us hanging faintly over the port stern quarter. A majestic sooty albatross has been circling us looking … [Read More...]

Dotted blue line inching homeward

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Position: 27.26 N, 153.37 W at 1:58 p.m Pacific Daylight Savings time.   This is what the wind conditions look like near Glenn (the small green circle in the middle) as of early this afternoon. On the Pacific Seafarers Net roll call tonight, he'll have his weather report read to … [Read More...]

Voices across the ocean

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Position as of approximately 6:30 a.m Glenn's time 26.90 N, 153.58 W While I was listening to Glenn last night on the Pacific Seafarers Net roll call for marine mobile operators, I was struck by a couple of things. First, is the obvious miracle of the technology that lets me listen on my … [Read More...]

Listening to Glenn’s report online through the Pacific Seafarers Net

Through the miracle of technology, I was able to listen to Glenn online this evening on the Pacific Seafarers Net roll call. This is the image I see on my computer as each participant gives their report amidst the crackles and blips.Huge thanks to Peter Mott who manages the call from New Zealand and gives marine mobile ham radio … [Read More...]

Technical difficulties. Please stand by.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017  5:48 p.m. (Hawaii time) Position: 24.75 N, 157.0 W, Course heading: NEThrough the Pacific Seafarers Net, I learned this evening that Glenn is having some technical difficulties with his computer and is unable to send or receive email which means he isn't able to provide his usual updates... for now. I'm … [Read More...]

On my way home

 April 17, 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii  8:35 am local 18:35 UTCLat. 22 06.9 N, Long 157 35.8 W, Course 003 True, Boat speed 5 knots, Distance to Victoria 2232 nmLeft Honolulu yesterday (April 16) under sunny skies and a warm offshore breeze.Been resting all day today after a long night. Beating into that NE 20 knots of wind with … [Read More...]

Settling in …

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  I'm here in the legendary and very hospitable Waikiki Yacht Club.I am happy and very lucky to be here with my MaryLou and to have arrived safely. MaryLou and I have just enjoyed a coffee and fresh breakfast prepared by chef Jasmine.I've been for an early morning swim in the pool, which overlooks … [Read More...]

Arrived in Honolulu !!!

Arrived safe and sound to Honolulu Sunday, January 15th @ 11:30 am Hawaii time. We'll spend a week here putting West Wind to bed and fly back to Victoria. Sorry for the wonky looking post. Trying to upload from my cell phone in a harbour with intermittent wifi.!We're tied up at the Waikiki Yacht Club and are being treated very … [Read More...]

Excited, relieved and thankful

Friday, January 13, 201703:00 All's well. 122 nm to Honolulu. Boats going well and water is under control. "You gotta love it!"Just going for a tour on deck and then back to sleep. I was surprised to find a fairly large bird perched on the dodger, sound asleep.I took several flash shots of it but it didn't seem to mind. I know … [Read More...]

Steady winds taking us closer

Friday, January 13, 2017It is 10:00 pm (Thursday night) we are sailing off the wind not quite a reach but close. WW II is churning out 6 knots and tearing along parallel to a three meter swell set with a period of 4 seconds traveling at 10 knots. In other words every four seconds a swell lifts us three meters as it passes under … [Read More...]

Steady Progress

 Thursday, January 12, 201711:40 pmStayed up late to reduce sail as the wind built to 20 knots and sea increased to over two meters as did the pump. So I've been reducing sail from 10:00 pm on till now. Wind seems to be holding so I will go to sleep and wake later to see how things are. Kind of a wild night on deck with full … [Read More...]

Easting to the mark

 Lat 16 27 N Long 159 35 W Course 16 T Speed 4 knots Wind E 15 knots Waves 2 M Cloud 35% Baro 1016 Miles in last 24hr 105 NM Honolulu 306 nm Easting to lay the mark 45.01 NMWednesday, January 11, 2017 01:45 am A new day. Driven from my sleep with an overwhelming desire to go faster and a vision of you waiting on the dock. I have … [Read More...]

A fine balance

Lat 14.47 N, Long 160.04 Range to Honolulu 431 nm Boat speed 4 knots Course 354 T.Tuesday January 10, 2017 00:20 am.All is well. No 25 knot wind yet waiting for the shoe to drop. Back to my bunk.03:35 amNice steady Easterly about 15 knots. Let a little more jib out just to get us along on our way. Quilted sky flushed with moon … [Read More...]

Listening to VA7MLW marine mobile online

Monday, January 9, 2017Through the miracle of technology and the kindness of the ham radio net community who sent me a link to their online station, here's a video I made of the online audio conversation. Here's an excerpt from a conversation between Glenn VA7MLW and his ham radio mates.Watch and listen here.  … [Read More...]

Blowing the dog off the chain

 9:30 p.m Sunday nightThe wind is blowing the dog off the chain, the waves are coming over the bow, The hula dancer is just holding on to her coconuts, and all the chocolate is gone. The cookies are gone and I'm just eating the last piece of licorice. The ice cream has gone, and there is no more beer or wine.But ... the pump is … [Read More...]

Slow going

Lat. 11 19 N Long 159 33 W Course 335 T Speed 4.5 knots Wind NE 15 Waves NE 2m Cloud 100% Baro 1014 Miles in last 24 hrs: 111 nm Range to Honolulu 606All is well. Slow going and bearing off to stem the water egress. Will have to make up easting as I get closer. As wind bears to the east the waves do not follow and so as soon as … [Read More...]

Celestial navigator

Sunday, December 8, 201711.33 N, 159.56 W (from InReach tracker)Up early this morning. Woke thinking about getting through the surf into the yacht basin in Honolulu, quickly had to change that channel in my mind as we were going on the rocks. Best alternative was to get up and wake up as well and focus on the GPS numbers.Our … [Read More...]

Constant heavy motion

Saturday, December 7, 201704:00 amRough night, (bilge) pump rate is up but steady and I managed to get some sleep. We are still moving ahead with very reduced yankee and no main. Lots of water on deck but we are fine and the situation is stable. I'm going to try get more sleep. Still dark but we are fine.756 nm to go. We are … [Read More...]

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