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 SailingWithAndy.com or on his YouTube channel.