Leadership Is Grace

May 22, 2024

We all have them, that friend who is perpetually late. Are you envisioning that person in your head right now? I’ve been rather busy lately and was feeling burned out, so I was very much looking forward to getting away this weekend on my sailboat. A dear friend whom I’ve known most of my life

The Rudder of the Day

May 22, 2024

American Congregationalist, social reformer, and speaker Henry Ward Beecher once said, “The first hour is the rudder of the day.” Take a look at the rudder of a ship, it is amazing that something so small, compared to the rest of the ship, could possibly control it. That rudder has an amazing effect on ships,

Sail Your Course – Life Lesson from Sailing

May 21, 2024

Sailing, to the uninitiated it seems daunting, however, all it takes is one time out on the water, perfect weather, and just the right breeze to hook you. In 2010 I purchased my first sailboat. My family thought I was nuts; I had never been sailing in my life, but I read a book and

Oro Bay Weekend Trip

February 19, 2024

It had been too long. Too long since Shadow got out to stretch her sails. July of 2023 was the last real trip she had, and I had been itching to get back out on the open waters and adventure. Many hours were spent getting Shadow ship shape, in the week leading up to the

I nearly destroyed my sailboat’s electrical system when switching to lithium batteries!

February 3, 2024

Last summer, while doing a raft up with S/V Meili, the aft cabin battery bank suddenly, and unexpectedly gave up the ghost. I had recently performed all the maintenance tasks on the batteries, and believed everything to be good. When I pulled open the aft battery compartment I was horrified to find two bulging batteries,