Tuesday, September 25, 2012

And a new chapter begins....

On Monday, September 10 2012, we set out on our voyage! After making the tough decision to take the plunge into a new life outside of our IT careers, we set sail on our Hallberg-Rassy 38, Rhythm, a stellar ocean going sailing vessel (S/V = sailing vessel), made in Sweden.

To date we've traveled approx 650 miles already! From Seattle to SF is about 800 miles, and we have about 150 or so to go.
Our current itinerary:
9/10: 10am departure to Port Townsend, WA
9/11: Port Townsend,WA to Port Angelas, WA
9/12: Port Angeles, WA to Neah Bay, WA
9/15: Neah Bay, WA to the sea, then to Newport, OR
9/21: At sea, then to Shelter Cove, CA ("An Island in Time" or so the sign in town said. We had to duck in and anchor in this creepy little Stephen King-like town. We endured 11ft swells and winds up to 38 knots, scary!)
9/22: Fort Bragg, CA...and we've been stuck here ever since due to a storm in Alaska that blew in causing gale winds (35+ knots) and 10-20ft swells! Yikes!
9/27: Fort Bragg, CA to Bodega Bay, CA
9/?: Bodega Bay, CA to Sausalito, CA
9/?: Sausalito, CA to San Francisco, CA

Where we are now:

Our most excellent buddy boat, Osprey
Our friends Richard and Brian aboard Osprey, have been traveling with us, which has been such a pleasure! They have been such a help to us with navigation, planning, preparation and more! Read their blog here or here.

About Us
Tim & Kathy
Originally from Seattle, WA and Woonsocket, RI, respectively, Tim and Kathy have been dreaming about this trip for years! Both in IT corporate America, they left their jobs and decided to live their dream aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 38. Beginning their trip in Seattle, WA, they'll be working their way down the west coast, through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean!

Peanut (aka Oldsmobile)
Originally hailing from Denver, our spry, sea-legged, deaf, 1-eye workin' mutt of the tender age of 16.5 years old, is rockin' with us on the boat. Never a dull moment with him on board!

Our Crew to San Francisco Stacey
Originally hailing from Seattle (by way of Denver, Anchorage and Hawaii), Stacey and Kathy met while in sailing school at Windworks in Ballard, WA. Stacey is a divemaster, silver smithing extraordinaire, jane of all trades, whiskey-lovin' sea ridin' photographer, and has been a huge help to have on board! Stacey disembarked Rhythm in Sausalito, CA. Thanks for everything, Stacey, especially your help to get us to San Francisco!!
Originally hailing from Seattle, WA, Aaron and Tim have been buds for several years. They met at work, both in IT. No fear (climbing the mast a few times), eBay hustler, entrepreneur and IT guru, Aaron hooked us up with fishing gear for the trip and helped Tim immensely with various projects on the boat. Aaron disembarked Rhythm in Noyo/Fort Bragg, CA and is making his way south to San Fran as I type. Thanks for everything, Aaron, and for helping us with the toughest leg of the trip!!

View more photos on our photostream here!


  1. Sooo many thanks Kathy and Tim for having me on board!!! It has been awesome and amazing!!

  2. What an adventure of a LIFETIME! I can't wait to follow you on your journey and live vicariously through you guys! Be safe and Love you both!

  3. About time we heard from you, lol. I already miss you guys. Btw, I saw Hitchcock's THE BIRDS on the big screen last week -- set in... Bodega Bay, CA! Fair winds to you, and watch out for those massing seagulls... ;-)


  4. The boys are gonna LOVE this! They have been asking so many questions, and now they can follow y'all on your journey. This is SOOO exciting!! Thrilled to see Peanut with y'all. Can't wait to see what's next...take care and be safe! Hugs!

    Maggie and the boys

  5. Aunt Kathy have you been splashed by a big wave yet? Austin

  6. Kathy, Brought a smile to my face. My best to the three of you. I love the dog. Dr.B.

  7. best of luck to you all! Thanks for the blog! so exciting!

  8. The Blogs up!!! Congrats! BTW the way im not from olympia :)...Seattle. Made my way home yesterday after spending some time in Santa Rosa. My Hitchhiking experience was memorable. Met some cool people and got a grand tour of the Anderson Valley (Vineyards and Redwoods) from a local named Willow that was gracious enough to pick up this "abnormally clean" hitchhiker at the junction on hwy 1 and hwy 128. Best to the Crew of the SV Rhthym on your next leg south. Ill be here if there is anything I can do! - Aaron