Once I began sailing in my early 20s, I dreamed of blue-water voyages. Later I got a taste when I joined good friends a few times during their circumnavigation – and that got me hooked on cruising. It’s time now to realize my dream, having recently retired from 35 years in Silicon Valley, first as a writer but mostly in public relations. Because I’ve worked more than I’ve sailed all these years, I’m approaching this new adventure with caution – I have a lot to learn and there is much to prepare.

The idea for this blog is to share aspects of the sailing and boat maintenance along with stories about the people, places and food I discover – while traveling on Aldabra, a 1997 Catalina 42 Mk II. But first, my postings will be about preparation – for departure sometime in 2015.



January 2008 – Purchased Aldabra with co-owner Jim Foley

Summer 2008 – Brought Aldabra from San Diego to Santa Cruz

2008-2014 – Installed new engine, new sails, new refrigeration, new heads, new standing rigging and lifelines. Revised, repaired or maintained various systems, gear and fittings.


  • Ben June 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Loving this already and keen to hear your stories!!

  • Scoty and Lisa Correa-Mickel July 10, 2016 at 12:21 am

    You’ve been a great neighbor on D Dock, Santa Cruz. Best of luck on your adventure! We’ll be looking forward to this blog as you share your experiences. Scotty and Lisa Correa-Mickel

  • Laura July 13, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Hi Nancy, great blog. Please add a subcribe button so we can follow your posts :o)

  • Christine Kiebert-Boss August 2, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Very exciting. So glad your blogging. Yes, do add a subscribe button so we can keep informed. xXX

  • Krista August 3, 2016 at 4:35 am

    And so the adventure begins! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to follow along as you publish your stories.

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