Catamaran Cruising Stories and Sailing Adventures

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Vancouver, Canada

We just got back from an 11 day winter cruise in our recently strecthed Light Wave (now 37 feet long!) It was a little cold out there but we did come across a super pod of several hundred pacific white sided dolphins and made a video (see our video page)
. Now that our boat project is finished we have finally got around to a adding a documentary video on what and how we did it. It is not often you cut your boat right in half! See our our video page) for the movie.

Tuesday, September 20, 2012 - Vancouver, Canada

Wow another year!. We hope you have been keeping well with sailing or planning that big cruise. The summer is winding down up here in British Columbia. We did get out for another 2 week trip to beautiful Desolation Sound in June with several long weekends at Tumbo Island. We have added 5 new videos to the site. Carllie is still working on the book on our trip and we hope to have it available early in 2013. We will keep you updated soon. Take care and bye for now.

Your friends,
Garett and Carllie on Light Wave

Sunday April 12, 2009 - Postscript and Epilogue - Vancouver, Canada

Dear friends,

Hope you have been keeping well. You may be wondering where we are now and what are we up to so we hope this little postscript/epilogue sheds some light on our reintegration into "civilization".

We are now back quite comfortable in our little 480 square fot apartment that we had lived in for 23 years before we went off sailing. It seems huge and very luxurious and so we are quite content. The actual reality of being back in the city has not been as difficult as we had thought it would beas we fretted about it in the last few weeks on the boat of July as we approached Canada.

We are definitely changed people from the 2 years on the water. It would be impossible not be profoundly affected by the whole experience. I would say on the whole we are more mellow and a little more objective on life. As we look back on the places, the cruising people, the locals, nature, and crossing the Pacific two times in the two years we were gone, we can almost go back and remember every day of the trip. It is almost seems like a Blu-ray HD movie. Life in the city is a little monochormatic, every day seems to blend in with the next. In the city it is hard to remmber what you did 4 days ago let alone 4 months ago everything. Can you? We really felt alive on our trip and we have the fantastic memories that we can keep with us. No memories - no life. We feel very fortunate to have been able to do it. Life is short and the meter is ticking and the party of this wonderful one-time experience called life will be over one day.

People ask us all the time whether we will go out again, and we really haven't made any firm plans. Our trip is still so close to us in thought that it almost seems like we are still on it. We just close our eyes and we are right there. The South Pacific does sound appealing and we will see down the road what happens.

How long Does it take to Unwind?

In September 2006 in the second month of our trip we met a long term cruising couple Eva and Uve in San Francisco and they had told us that it would take us two years to unwind. At the time we thought they were wrong. Surely two or three months would be enough to mellow out but when we did get to the two year mark on our July 2008 return we now agree with them. It does take that long to break the tensions and living patterns which we have all grown up in (and under) from the time we first started goin to school, high school, university, first job, career, family, kids, financial presures, etc. We don't realize how much it is affected us until we get the break.

Winter Sailing

We had always been year round sailors going out in every kind of weather. Three months ago in December we decided to go on out for a one-week trip (first little outing since we got back) to the Gulf Islands as we had done for years before our trip to Mexico and Hawaii. What we did discover is that we have become kind of soft after being in tropical climates. It snowed and rained and was below freezing. The cold just went right through us. Our blood has definitely thinned. We just couldn't handle it. Next year in December we are going to fly south somewhere warm!

Winter Rain

During out fourteen months in Mexico we had only rain on 2 days and for only about 1 hour on each day! To say that the winter of 2008/2009 in Vancouver was traumatic is an understatement. The seemingly endless stretches of rainy and dark days took its toll on us only to be topped off with the 3 weeks of record snowfalls during Christmas. Even now in mid-April we are having more rainy days. We are planning to go out for 14 days in June up to Desolation Sound and surely it will be warm by then.

So we are doing well. We miss the cruising adventure life and will be out there again I am sure soon. We miss all our past cruising friends and the new ones we have yet to meet but we are spending some quality time with our land bound friends and it has been great. It is truly great to be alive. It is a wonderful world, and life is to be loved.

So we hope you will enjoy the links on the right menu and join us for the two years of cruising and sailing adventures.

Take care dear friends and talk to you all soon.


Garett and Carllie on Light Wave



Do you want to know what is like to sail across the ocean? Cruise for two years in the remote areas of the Sea of Cortez? Here is your chance to live the cruising sailing adventure with us. The links on the right navigation bar are our catamaran cruising stories, diaries, and cruising logs as we travelled in 2006, 2007, and 2008 covering 12,000 miles from from Vancouver, Canada to Mexico, the Sea of Cortez, Mexican Riviera, and then an offshore passage from Mexico to Hawaii, 3 months in the Hawaiian islands, and finally our crossing from Hawaii back home across the Pacific to Vancouver on our catamaran, Light Wave.


Previous Logs/Journals

July 2008 - Crossing from Hawaii to Vancouver
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
Trip to Hawaii
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
July-August 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006 - The Beginning