Land Ho!

Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ o9:40

I am about 35 miles off the coast and I’m not alone.

Just past the “Dora Mae” an old west coast troller. I spoke, I should say shouted, “Good Morning” to the two fellows baiting a long line out the stern to the flock of waiting sooty Albatross, must be a least one hundred of them, some diving for the bait on the long line hooks others on the water shooting the breeze and still more gliding around them and me. Great looking old wooden west coast boat. I asked them which way Canada was and they laughed both pointing in a different direction.

My old Perkins with its makeshift cast on is saving the day. Not a breath of wind here and big seas. I am not running him too hard but we are making about four knots in the right direction. Visibility is at least ten miles so no problems with being seen. Just going now to fry up some onions, potatoes and eggs for breakfast. I have had lots of sleep even with Perkins snoring in my ears. I feel much more relaxed now that it’s daylight and we have Perkins bringing us home.

All is well, cold but well. Those fishermen must be tough sons of fisherman!

May 6 @ Noon

Land Ho! 10:30 this morning! Off in the distance is Vancouver island and Cape Flattery.

Doing very well after an amazing breakfast, and lots of mail. I have been thinking about all the hundreds of people from all over the world who have supported MaryLou and I and our sailing adventures this past decade. From the morning I stood on the helicopter deck of the Argentinean Navy Vessel Porto Deseado and spoke with MaryLou for the first time after being rescued, we have always realized that our journey was not about the sailing as much as it was about the people we met along the way.

To all those who were there from the very beginning, I would like to send my deepest heartfelt gratitude for all your deep support and especially to the Ham radio operators who faithfully met me every day and listened and shared their lives with me and those on the blog as well. It is very important for me to thank them for supporting my dearest MaryLou through some difficult times as well as some hilarious times.

And of course it goes without saying that without her love and support I would never have made it. Many times I have sat at this nav station and shared more than a few tears of joy at being so very lucky to have been able to do what I have done.

Thanks to you all.

May 6, 2017 Position: @ 16:45 48.42 N, 124.69 W


  1. It’s wonderful to have you home Glenn. There will be many days on the water.
    The most beautiful places are often the one closest to home. See you soon. Jim and Lyanne

  2. Mary Lou Rowbotham says

    Welcome home Glenn! So happy you had a great trip. Amazing memories for sure. Congratulations MaryLou and Glenn. Let our summer begin!
    Mary Lou

  3. Archie Campbell says

    Welcome home, Glenn. Well done Marylou. Archie Campbell.

  4. Steve Erickson says

    Hi. I have followed every post since you started and something happened that I didn’t get any from April 19 to may 05 when I reconnected. Is there any way I can get them. I feel like I’m missing part of the final chapter of a really good book. Lol. Thsnks Steve Erickson. Glad your almost home. I’ve sailed that stretch many times on the tugs.

  5. Barry Mitchell says

    Hi young Glenn, so happy to hear your home. Safe and well mate. Sorry, but I wasn’t able to hear you on 20 in this last stretch.

    Our love goes out to you, Marylou and family.

    Barry and Julie.

  6. Excellent news. Thrilled to hear you are in safe and sound. Will call you in a week or so. Hi Marylou – bet you are excited !. Take care and all the very best. JR NZ.

  7. Pat and Fred says

    Welcome back Glenn. The homeland has missed you. Our friendly neighbor has kept us up to date. Thanks Marylou for keeping us all in the loop as well.
    Par and Fred

  8. KenPfister says

    Congratulations Glenn on a great journey!

  9. Steve Merriman says

    Welcome home Glenn . What an amazing journey .
    Ann & Steve

  10. Kath and Jeff says

    Congratulations Glenn on making it back to our Ho-men-a-tive-land! A truly long and amazing journey by a terrific team of you and ML. Wish we were in town to see you arrive at the dock! I’ll bet there’s a well earned party happening tonight!

  11. Susan Bassett says

    Yahoo! So exciting! Been waiting anxiously for your arrival! Half a Swiftsure is all that is left to do! Sure wish I could be standing on the dock to greet you!

  12. Jim and Kathleen / Sointula says

    Looks like Canada, smells like Canada, this must be the way home! Good sail and now good friends to see. Congratulations

  13. Wohoo Glen! the home stretch! Congratulations. See you at the RVYC Pub soon :) Wanna hear those stories.

  14. Sally and Geoff Dolman says

    Yee Haa!! We can all sleep now.
    Well done and welcome home.

  15. You are very close to your trophy wife now! She is a star!
    We are all looking forward to having Glenn back in town!

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