Search This Blog

Friday, April 1, 2011

Concise Summary for New Followers

Ship's Log April 1st,  2011

SV Terrwyn 
50 degrees 03 min. Lat.
125 degrees 13 min. Long.

APM  (April Point Marina) Terrwyn remains snug in her berth of two years. 
There she is snug in her APM berth with her Triskele banner flying high!

We are now two months away from our intended cruise "bound for New Zealand".  This blog was started ten months ago documenting one year of preparation.  

We view this voyage more as a yacht delivery than a cruise due to our limited six month window before leaving Terrwyn in NZ.

Terrwyn is a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37,  hull no. 231, 1990.  We are the second owners of Lively Lady II (her original name) and denamed and renamed her respectfully on June 2010.  

Proud co-caps during the denaming/renaming ceremony.

As she is twenty-one years old we have completed a total refit in replacing all standing and running rigging, new sails, electronics, ground tackle, new self steering wind vane, refinished topsides, engine overhaul and added a variety of gear to make her a blue water cruising vessel from a coastal cruiser.

Her new name, Terrwyn, is a Welsh feminine name meaning "Brave Fair One"  and the Triskele symbol is an ancient Celtic symbol which represents progress;  forward movement; triads of earth, water, wind...
 Over the last two years Catherine and I have been sailing in Northen Georgia Straits learning Terrwyn's personality and enjoying our own Pacific NW waters...

We will be setting out on this one-way voyage in one week... ahead of schedule, down the Salish Sea to our "advance base camp" in Canoe Cove until the end of May.  Catherine will be living aboard her and provisioning her at the same time as Blackline Marine will be adding a second ( solent) stay [Cathy inserts for non sailors- That's a metal wire that will be attached at the front or bow of the boat, behind the one that is already there, to the mast to hold another one of our sails] and other various bits and pieces.

 Underway across the Pacific we will be updating this blog with our GPS longitude and latitude position through limited text mail via ham radio and/or Satellite phone.  Thank you for following our dream and please leave a comment if you have a minute.  We would love to hear from you!

Fair winds
Co-cap William
"Tide and time wait for no one."


P. S. ... And into the future think little guy, think underdog, think ukulele...
...presenting the world's greatest living ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro... 

                          ...and finally Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"...

 ...and into the South Pacific armed with our own ukes... Here we come!!


  1. Hey Bill and Cathy
    So the clock turns.... We're winding down and you're just warming up! we're in Colombia (our blog: and plan to leave for the SAn Blas (Panama) in a week.
    Take care and happy planning! See you the end of the year.... that is, if you guys don't decide it is just too much fun and you don't want to come back to a ridiculously cold Calgary and WORK...... aaarghhhhh.....puke puke.....
    Magnus Murphy

  2. Hi Magnus,

    It's funny how things turn out! It will be fun to swap sailing yarns when we get back... oh yes, and we will be back to save up for our next sailing adventure :-)
    (oh by the way we are in the midst of a winter-spring??- storm with 10-20 cm of snow falling!! Arrrggghhh! When do we leave??

    Continue to have fun and fair winds...
    Cath and Bill

  3. Enough "dock-side blogging". Cath, get those groceries packed and spread on the zinc oxide (maybe Chapstick in June??) and send us some real "action blogs". And remember, we can check on Terrwyn in Q1, 2012, 'cause we'll be in NZ!! (just a look, no "touching".

    We are "with you" in heart and mind as you prepare for "B's & C's really big adventure".

    A & M

  4. Thanks A & M!! You are sooooo right! Although it's amazing how much dockside stuff needs to happen before we can get into the action of sailing 'over the horizon'! Hope to see you at the boat before we head away :-)


  5. Wow, is it really getting that close!!! We will miss seeing you both and Terrwyn across from us here at the April Point marina. We will be following your progress and vicariously enjoying your trip.

    D & H

  6. Thanks Diane and Howard :-)
    We will really miss you guys and everyone else in April Point Marina. I am glad that you are going to be following our blog.
    C & B

  7. Hi Cathy and Bill,

    Just so you know you missed another snow storm! more to come this week too. Don't you guys like snow?

    Take care guys and have a wonderful adventure. I look forward to following your journey. Hey you're already ahead of

    Well I'm sailing off to the land of the lotus since I sold the gallery. Hope to be at Roberts Creek full time later this year with my sweetie and three dogies.

    Cathy,I know you didn't pack the Ltd Willows but hope you can find a lttle paperback and read it on your journey and keep the land on the horizon.

    cheers me harties,


  8. Hello Cathy & Bill,

    Cheers from Australia and glad to know you will be heading toward "Downunder" in the near future.We wish you a safe and exciting journey and we will regularly check your progress as the weeks pass.
    Maybe we can arrange that catch up visit when you reach NZ!!

    Happy sailing...

    Wendy & Daryl (Bolton)
    Warrandyte VIC Australia

  9. Dear Cathy and Bill:
    Happy Easter and happy getting ready in Canoe Cove! Hope you are enjoying your preparatory work and time!
    Fair winds and sails!
    Mark and Laura

  10. Cath and Bill
    The time is getting close. Have you pinned down your date of departure from Canoe Cove? I was thinking of being there..


  11. Hi Cathy & Bill,
    This looks like the adventure of a lifetime and I'm so excited for the two of you! I'll be sure to follow your fantastic blog for updates.
    Israel's version of 'Rainbow' is one of my absolute favorite songs...I hope you pick up a ukelele-playing passenger along the way and get to write a song all your own.

  12. May 8th, 2011
    Happy Mother's Day! Hope you are experiencing 'fair winds'.
    Looking forward to your next blog update.
    We are two weeks away from Kyle and Jami's wedding! Jami's Dad, Steve, is actually sailing from Spain to Turkey, and will be missing the wedding!
    Love, hugs and smooth sailing.....
    Mark and Laura