Cruising Systems Review with Sailing Totem
On Friday, we were lucky enough to nab a 2 1/2 hour time slot with the Sailing Totem crew while they were in town for one last stint to say farewell to their son who’s here for college. Jamie chatted with us about some specific concerns that we have and helped with prioritizing a project list for our trip north next year.
Funny enough, we were so into the conversations that we forgot to take pictures. I took a grand total of two photos of Jamie while he was here and didn’t get any pictures at all of Behan or their girls. (Remember the last time we met with Totem at the BBQ over the summer? Yeah, we forgot to get pictures that day too! We’re not very good at this apparently!)
Breakfast & Boat Tour with Adventure Adrift
We recently signed up to support Adventure Adrift through their Patreon account (they’re one of just two that we support in this way) and, because of this, we were privy to the information that Ty and Hillary were going to be in Portland for a very short time period this weekend before heading back to their boat in Mexico. We sent them a message asking if they might want to get together and we were pretty excited when they said yes!
We met up with them on Sunday morning, with one other patron, and had breakfast at the marina cafe. Then we all trooped down to Mosaic for a tour and more chatting. It was super fun to show them our boat- they seemed to really love her! They’ve been boat shopping lately and have been aboard many sailboats over the past several months so it was really cool to hear them talk about some of the great qualities of our Mosaic.
Having learned our lesson on the photos with Totem, I wasn’t about to let this opportunity slip away without some pics!
Brenden and I connected very briefly with Ty and Hillary before they left Portland on their cruising adventure in 2016. We had tried to make plans to meet before they left, but this was all just as we were moving aboard Mosaic and we didn’t quite realize how soon they were leaving. Before we knew it, they were gone! And we had missed our chance to meet them in person.
For the past two years, we’ve continued to kick ourselves for not making that meeting happen before they left. So having the chance to meet them and chat for a couple hours this past weekend was really amazing. These two are really amazing people, very easy to chat with and open to sharing their experience and adventure. In short, it was GREAT!
Sailing as a Family
We also got another chance to get Mosaic out on the river and get her sails up last Saturday. Unfortunately, we had to choose between no wind and no rain or some wind and lots of rain. We picked the wind and rain … and we got DRENCHED.
Kali ended up just hanging out down below the whole time, actually fussing and crying most of the time because she apparently really needed a nap but wouldn’t go sleep. Evan stayed up top sailing with us, despite the rain, and we had some fun. Ultimately, we called it quits after about 45 minutes and headed back into the slip soaking wet. But, at least we got out and collected that little bit more experience sailing our boat on our own!
I took these couple pictures before the rain started really coming down.
And, thankfully, the next afternoon, the sun came out and I was able to pull the jib up and get her all dried out and put away.
And, on a personal note, I am beyond grateful that even with ALL of this going on this past weekend, I was able to find the time to meet up with a close friend that lives out of town TWICE over the weekend. I haven’t seen my dear friend, Felica, for seven years since she had to move out of the state.
It was SO good to see her, let her meet my Kali-girl and chat with the much-grown-up-since-she-last-saw-him Evan, and show her my floating home.
Best. Weekend. Ever.
As always, thanks for reading! Have a great week, friends! ~Rachel