Sunday, December 4, 2016

A change is in the wind

I have not been writing much on the blog this year. In March Rich had a medical incident and we returned to the United States. In April we welcomed our new grandson, Leo. In June we contracted with our friends, James and Jordan, to sail Windarra from Salvador, Brazil to Trinidad, where she is now on the hard.

It had been our plan after returning to Windarra in January 2017 to sail north in the eastern Caribbean and the east coast of the United States. We wanted to enjoy sailing during the summer months to New York and then return to Annapolis in the fall and put Windarra up for sail and start retirement 2.0.

Well... as all sailing plans are drawn in the sand and always changing, so our plans are changing. We will still return to Windarra in January but instead to put her up for sale instead of for sail.

If you are interesting in buying Windarra and taking her on your own adventure, please contact us at svwindarra "at sign"

Click here for a description of Windarra, a 1984 Stevens 47. Feel free to browse the blog find out more of our adventures and the boat we sailed on, our home for the last 16 years.

Elaine and Rich

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Road Trip, June 7 - 11

In between house and pet sits, Rich and I decided to take a road trip along the coast. Our first stop was Port Townsend, Washington. We used to visit Port Townsend when we were first cruising on SV Fairwind and SV Windarra. It is nice to see that the town has not changed much and still has the same charm.
We headed out to the Pacific Ocean and drove through Forks, of vampire fame. 

We passed through Kalaloch, where Rich and I had rented a cabin before we were married. The next stop was Lake Quinault and the Rain Forest Resort on the lake. The Salmon House Restaurant provided an excellent meal and hummingbirds visiting feeders outside the windows provided emtertainment.

We continued south with a stop at Westport for lunch and we spent the night in Astoria, Oregon before continuing on the Oregon coast. The trip was not complete without a stop at Tillamook and the cheese factory. You can see the large blocks of cheddar moving on the conveyor belt in the factory.

After Tillamook we drove back to Bothell to visit with our daughter Sarah and to go back to the gym and work off the calories we ate during the road trip.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The new family

Grandson Leo!

We are also in the United States to welcome our new grandson, Leo Philip Wannier. He was born at 1:21 am on April 17, 2016, weighing in at 8 lbs 5 oz and a length of 20 inches.

Rich and I drove to the San Francisco area to meet him and celebrate with our son, Jesse and our daughter-in-law, Rae, the proud parents.

Rich and I are enjoying this new experience!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


You may have noticed on the blog that our entries stopped mid passage. We did not fall off the edge of the earth but we did have a medical emergency. I will not write the details now but suffice to say that we are both okay and back in Seattle. Windarra is at Caravelas and soon to be moved to Aratu, near Salvador.

Not sure if or when we will return to Windarra.

I will write more later,


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Day 2 to Salvador

19 25.981 S, 039 26.468 W

On Monday we took a tour of the Garoto Chocolate factory in Vitoria. It is the only chocolate factory in Brazil and supplies Brazil as well as 60 other countries. As Rich and I were the only ones that did not speak Portuguese, we got a personal tour. It was very impressive and there was a tasting room at the end. How sweet is that! My favorite is the dark chocolate covered coconut.

Tuesday morning we left Iate Clube Espirito Santos at 9:45 am bound for Salvador, a distance of about 475 nautical miles. Unfortunately we have had a 2 knot counter current and our progress has been slow, with a speed over the ground averaging 3.0 knots. We have only done about 74 nautical miles! I doubt our 24 hour total will be over 100. Ouch.

Hopefully things will improve.....

radio email processed by SailMail
for information see:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


20 17.935 S, 040 17.255 W

The second night was much better than the first. We did some sailing and motored the last bit. While it was not the plan we did come into the harbor at night and by 3:00 am we were anchored. After a bite to eat we went to sleep.

Later in the morning we went into the Iate Clube Espírito Santos and are now secured, bow to the dock. We need to use the dingy to get back and forth.

We met a couple on the small sailboat next to us. Modris is from Latvia and Maria is from Sweden. They are heading south so we will exchange some information with them.

Port captain tomorrow. Hopefully better than Rio.

Sent from Elaine's iPhone