Bon Voyage!

I did it! I cast off my lines and pointed Cascadia west to embark as to what I can only describe as the most pivotal moment of my life. Before leaving, my family and I had a “Bon Voyage” lunch at the dock, and while sitting down having lunch with my family, I was thinking that this may very well be the last time that we are all together…Although, this is not likely (I’m planning on coming back mom, I promise!) to happen, the thought did go through my mind once or twice as there are so many things that can go wrong. But, there are also so many things that can go right!…and that’s what I am so excited for. I plan for departing Neah Bay tomorrow morning and riding the northerly winds all the way to San Francisco, it’s here that I will make the decision to stop temporarily to assess weather and make repairs or to just continue on to Hawaii as I have Cascadia fully outfitted to permit for at least 60 days at sea. So far the trip has been uneventful, I anchored last night in Port Townsend and when doing my “round” of all the boat systems, I noticed my coolant expansion hose had severed; spilling all the coolant from the expansion tank into the bilge. A quick repair, and luckily I carry spare fluid for nearly every system on Cascadia, but it could just as easily have also ended my trip as quickly as it began. At anchor, I barely got any sleep, primarily because the wind was howling all night, but also because I was too anxious to get moving again. I am so excited and fortunate to be able to do this trip and I can’t wait to share with my family and friends. Hopefully the next time I post here will be from under a palm tree on a beach in Hawaii. See everyone in about 3 weeks.


Author: Andrew Stephens

A Pacific Northwest native and recent graduate from Seattle University, Andy is currently sailing his 30′ Cape Dory sailboat around the world. You can find more information him by visiting his website or on his YouTube channel.

7 Comments on “Bon Voyage!

  1. I’m glad the coolant leak wasn’t any worse. You make an engineer proud. Have fun. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. I was actually very exciting to see you actually cast your lines off and set sail(motor away).

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
    – Mark Twain

  3. Way to go my friend. Sorry I missed your departure. I can’t wait to read all about the locals you’re going to see and the adventures you’re going to have. Safe travels to you and I hope the next time I see you its with a tan on your face and a Margarita in your hand.

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