- We have put our house on the market, sold it, and moved out of it.
- We put most of our remaining possessions that have not been sold, given away, or thrown out into our parent's houses on each coast (to put this in perspective, we had 18,000 pounds when we arrived in Dartmouth four years ago, and moved 6,000 pounds this summer). We are not boomerang kids, but we sure had boomerang stuff!
- Max led a week of sail training for the Sea Cadets in the Bay of Fundy, taught two CYA Advanced Courses, and even squeezed in an off-season) Azores to UK trip for his YM Ocean qualifying passage
- We both retired from the Canadian Forces
- We spent time at Max's parent's farm while Max and Liz figured out how to store their possessions while the children rode horses and drove tractors.
- Most importantly, we moved onto our boat in Anacortes. We then moved our boat from the yard, to Anacortes Boat Haven, to Port Townsend, to Seattle (Elliott Bay Marina). We haven't actually been "cruising" yet, but we at least gone 80 miles
- And mostly ... we worked relentlessly on getting the boat ready to go offshore this September
Here is that journey in pictures ...
The location of the knockdown after the F12 winds during Max's Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage
The view to Sable Island this spring during a CYA Advanced Course Max taught on STV TUNA.
|SOLD! In three weeks!! Hooray!!|
The cake the kids made for our going away party
If we're moving onto a boat, we'll have to have a yard sale ...
Max's Retirement ...
Flag Ceremony in Max's honour
|The new CO 12 AMS wishing the previous CO 12 AMS well on his retirement|
CWO Blakney, the other half of the 12 AMS command team, presenting Max with an awesome plaque
|Here is the plaque|
Victoria on the farm
Victoria riding Sundance
Johnathan driving Grandpa's tractor
|We move onto the boat. The biggest question of the summer - will it all fit ?|
|Lego Cabin aka the V berth (aka Frank's cabin)|
|Ready to Launch|
|Family portrait after our first docking. Whew!|
SV Fluenta - ready for her re-naming ceremony
An Herbal Tea libation for the children to pour
during the naming ceremony - each herb represented
a characteristic that we wished for our boat and our journey
Max with a bubbly libation for the grownups to pour.
|Arrival in Port Townsend after our first real transit (from Anacortes)|
Departing Port Townsend for Seattle ...
|... heading out ...|
... into the mist. Good thing we have a radar!
|The view (towards Seattle) from the mast top. If only every day in Seattle |
were this clear and sunny!
|The view (down) from the mast top (65 ft)|
Liz taking a self-portrait from the mast top.
(Very comfortable in her brand new bosun's chair!)
|SV Fluenta in the water - the reason for all the hard work this summer|
~ Liz & Max