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The Hawaii Crew

September 10, 2010

Meet Jim

The Weatherman at work


Jim plays a key critical link in the success or our trip to Hawaii.  Jim is the land based weather man (AKA: WB).  Jim lives in Port Angeles and has agreed to live vicariously through our trip.  Jim’s role is to provide daily weather updates to us that will help us determine where best to turn southwest towards Hilo.  The key trick on sailing to Hawaii is to avoid the intense lows on the coast, limit the impacts of hurricanes coming out of Mexico and skirt around the south of the Pacific High to avoid being becalmed for weeks and ending up in all the other trash circulating around the pacific in an endless vortex!

Meet Pam and Dale

Pam and Dale set for Hawaii


Pam joins Sage as the cook.  Pam’s cooking is legendary and am confident she will not allow neither Dale nor myself to lose a pound during the voyage. 

Dale is the owner of an Ontario 32 which I have raced onboard for numerous Peyto Island races.  His experience and knowledge on matters of safety and first aid as well as sailing will be put to good use.  We’ll try to limit any chance that he has to use that catheter on anyone,  particularily myself.

As a trial we have made one trip partway up the west coast of Vancouver Island in what I would describe as conditions that would make even me never want to go to sea.  However, both their enthusiasm convinced me that trying to get to Hawaii will be a good thing.

Tony and Connie


Meet Connie and Tony

We’re the owners of Sage.  However, this time Connie is not going onboard Sage for the trip to Hawaii.  That doesn’t mean she isn’t part of the team.  Connie has been working tirelessly to support the trip helping Pam out with the provisioning, supporting me when the work seems overwhelming and just being there to do the thousand and one jobs that need doing and that list that never seems to get shorter.  I couldn’t do this without Connie’s help and am sure that it all feels very strange for her not making this segment of the trip.  HOwever, she will be joining myself and Sage in Hawaii in November and further adventures lie in front of us.


Note to readers:

This is the last blog before Sage departs for Hawaii.  Please note that the ‘locator’ link will track our voyage as we make our way across the pacific.  However, it may not track us all the way.  So, if we don’t seem to make any progress don’t get concerned.  Once we arrive in Hawaii I will update the blog as soon as I get internet access.

Thanks to all of our friends and family that support, and continue to support, our adventures.  We hope to make the blog updates interesting for you to read and welcome your comments.

Until Hawaii….


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna Sassaman permalink
    September 10, 2010 16:56

    Bon voyage, Tony and crew! May the winds and seas cooperate and may you enjoy every day of the trip! I’m a tad envious of your crew, Tony, as both Bill and I enjoyed our 6 months in the Hawaiian Islands.

    Looking forward to your updates!


    Donna and Bill
    aboard ‘Alia’
    currently in Ganges Harbour

  2. September 10, 2010 18:54

    Hi Tony & Connie, ~ and Dale & Pam

    Well you’re in the 11th hour and we all wish you the very best for a wonderful first leg of your journey and your adventure. You made reference to the “locator” link in your last blog update …. what exactly is that and where can I find it … or is it not something that is accessible to your blog fans? Sorry, but I’m a blog greenhorn and haven’t quite figured that one out yet.

    Cheers and vaya con dios

  3. Jalna Gibb permalink
    September 10, 2010 20:09

    Thanks for the info about your crew; it’s great to know that Sage and its captain are in such good hands. I expect to see a picture of you all wearing very loud colorful shirts and/or something that resembles a grass skirt in the not too distant future!I suggest that you refrain from sitting on hot coals during the celebration of your arrival in Hawaii. Last time I was there coal sitting and cliff diving were in; needless to say I abstained from both! Rum punch is a safe alternative!
    Good sailing! Jalna

  4. jalnagibb permalink
    September 10, 2010 20:25

    Great to hear the info about your crew and to know that Sage and its captain are in good hands! I expect to see a picture of you all wearing very loud colorful shirts and/or something that resembles a grass skirt! I would refrain from doing any coal sitting to celebrate your arrival in Hawaii. Last time I was there sitting on hot coals and cliff diving were very popular. Needless to say, I refrained from both! Rum punch is a much safer alternative!

    Good sailing!

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