“The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” -Maya Angelou
The horizon as seen over the sea is a sacred symbol for me of solace, freedom and adventure. It has always called to me, and never more than now. Documenting the preparation for and the adventure of sailing solo across the pacific to my childhood home of Hawaii, is why this blog got started, and now it continues as a wonderful vessel in which to share and process all that I am learning on the sea and in life (isn't it all the same?). It will also document my preparations for the 2020 Shaka Challenge (PSSA’s singlehanded Transpacific Race) aboard my lovely new vessel Cassiopeia.
This blog is lovingly dedicated to my Haunani (a 1988 Catalina 34) who valiantly carried me across the Pacific on my first ocean crossing, and delivered me safely to Kauai on July 19, 2016. We raced together in the The 2016 singlehanded transpac from San Francisco, CA to Hanalei, HI with the goal of making it there safely and not finishing last. We thankfully achieved both, making our crossing in 17 days. Sadly Haunani was totaled in an accident at the hands of a shipping company on the way back to California, but she lives on in my heart and on this blog. I have just completed a documentary about our 2016 SHTP adventure! Watch the trailer here!
“Before you die, dare to walk the wildest unknown way”.
- Bryce Courtney