Global Voyage

A Story About Sailing Around the World

Ray & Jenny aboard the ketch Suka

3 years, 35,000 miles, Nov 1982 - Jan 1986

Ray & Jenny Jardine

Chapter 21: Back Home

page 107 of 109



Suka had been our lives for these past three years, and mine for the last five. We had spent uncountable hours working on her, and she had given much in return. But it was time to move on, and we could no longer afford the time and energy it would have taken to maintain her. So with utmost reluctance, we had to sell her.

And that called for a thorough cleaning and repainting.

Hauled out for hull panting.

Ray's towing Service.

A visitor's boat dog (not ours) in Suka's cockpit.

I wrote the Taiwan company that built Suka (Ta Chiao), asking how much to make a new trail board. They sent a new one for free, and it had Suka's name carved on it! The new trail board was flat, and had to be persuaded into a curve to fit the boat. From this I learned how an object at sea had removed the first one. It was spring loaded.

Suka's new trail board.

Getting Suka back into Bristol fashion.

With Suka sold, we sell off miscellaneous sailing gear at a swap meet.

Jenny and our "new" (10 years old) van.

During the latter part of our voyage back to San Diego, we both found ourselves longing to get back in touch with the land. No longer willing to integrate back into city life, we wanted to go for a summer long hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. However, by the time we managed to sell the ketch, there wasn't enough time left to train and prepare for the hike. So our hike had to wait for the following year, and meanwhile we bought a van and a hang-glider, and went to Utah to spend the summer.

    Josh spent a year aboard his Comitan in Cape Town, then sailed singlehanded to Barbados. In the Caribbean he encountered hard times. One dark night while he was in town, thieves boarded his cutter and stripped it of virtually everything removable. Tight finances dictated that Josh return home to Portland, Oregon without his beloved Comitan.

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    The British sailing couple John and Peggy Flemming lost their Capella only 500 miles from their home in England. It seems that the rudder seized during a storm, and they were unable to affect repairs. They hailed a nearby Spanish fishing vessel; the fishermen came aboard and banged at the shaft, in an attempt to free Capella's rudder. But in the process they shattered the old shaft seal. Water poured in, and despite everyone's best efforts the vessel began foundering. John and Peggy could do little but quickly gather a few belongings into sailbags; and from the deck of the fishing vessel, half an hour after the mishap, they watched their beloved Capella disappear into the sea.

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    2014-09-30: "long-time cruiser, Jack Curley on the 41' ketch Kulkuri, was preparing to sail towards Japan from Pago Pago. Jim knocked on Jack's hull one Monday, but there was no answer. He figured Jack might have hitched a ride into town with someone, as his dinghy was there. By Wednesday, we felt uneasy. Jim and I went together to check. When still no one answered our knocks, Jim boarded Kulkuri. We weren't prepared mentally or emotionally when Jim discovered that our friend had died a few days earlier. It was shocking. His dinghy was raised. He was reclined on his settee with his computer in front of him, as if he had been watching a movie and had fallen asleep."

    "Jack was in excellent physical condition. He rode his bike hard from Pago to Tafuna every Sunday to keep his cardiovascular system healthy. He was full of life and energy. Sunday night after having a glass of wine with a fellow cruising friend, Andrew. Jack told Andrew that he was "feeling a little off". Jack rode his bike that Sunday to Tafuna from Pago... a long and arduous ride that he liked to do on Sundays' when there was little traffic on the road."

    "Jack had a glass of wine with a friend that evening and then watched a movie on his computer. And then it looks like he fell asleep. My feeling is that there was no foul play involved."

    - Jim & Meri Faulkner, Hotspur - 41' Tartan TOCK

    From SUKA's guest book.

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GV 001: Title Page
GV 002: TOC
GV 003: Dedication
GV 004: Preface
GV 005: Prologue
GV 006: Beginnings
GV 007: Work Done
GV 008: Making Ready
GV 009: Departure
GV 010: Sailing Credentials
GV 011: First Lesson
GV 012: Sextant Navigation
GV 013: Safety Harness
GV 014: Murphy's law
GV 015: Spirit of Adventure
GV 016: Holding On
GV 017: First Big Storm
GV 018: Storm Intensified
GV 019: Rolling Violently
GV 020: Mizzen Sleeping Bag'sl
GV 021: Freeing the Propeller
GV 022: Visits by Birds
GV 023: Crossing the Doldrums
GV 024: Nearing First Landfall
GV 025: Land Ho
GV 026: Fatu Hiva
GV 027: Trek Inland
GV 028: Anchor Watch
GV 029: Passage
GV 030: Hiva Oa
GV 031: Skin Diving Circus
GV 032: Almost Like a Jungle
GV 033: Polaris Missile
GV 034: Taiohaie Bay
GV 035: Cascade Hakaui
GV 036: Taipi Bay
GV 037: Cyclone Lisa
GV 038: Cyclone Nano
GV 039: Passage of Patience
GV 040: Tuamotu Archipelago
GV 041: Tahiti
GV 042: Cyclone Reva
GV 043: Secret Sharer
GV 044: Moorea
GV 045: Cyclone Veena
GV 046: Aftermath
GV 047: Good Weather in Papeete
GV 048: Huahine
GV 049: Raiatea
GV 050: BoraBora
GV 051: Rarotonga
GV 052: Tonga
GV 053: Fresh Air
GV 054: Tongan Feast
GV 055: Excursion to Maninita
GV 056: Mariner's Cave
GV 057: Fiji
GV 058: Ndravuni Island
GV 059: Mara Island
GV 060: Aneityum
GV 061: Noumea
GV 062: St Elmo's fire
GV 063: Breakwater Reef
GV 064: Bundaberg
GV 065: Life on the Burnett River
GV 066: Engine Sabotage
GV 067: Flying
GV 068: Aground in Round Hill Creek
GV 069: Gladstone Confinement
GV 070: Tropical Queensland
GV 071: Trip into Townsville
GV 072: Cairns Sojourn
GV 073: Cramped Cooktown
GV 074: Lizard Island
GV 075: The San Michelle
GV 076: Lost Mummy Cave
GV 077: Land's End
GV 078: Darwin
GV 079: Christmas Is
GV 080: Passage
GV 081: Cocos Keeling
GV 082: Crossing the Indian Ocean
GV 083: Rodriguez
GV 084: Mauritius
GV 085: Reunion Cirque de Mafate
GV 086: Reunion Cirque de Salazie
GV 087: Passage to Africa
GV 088: Kruger National Park
GV 089: Richards Bay
GV 090: Durban
GV 091: Port Elizabeth
GV 092: Cape Town
GV 093: Storm Passage
GV 094: St Helena
GV 095: Passage to Brazil
GV 096: Fortaleza
GV 097: Passage to Caribbean
GV 098: Bonaire
GV 099: Passage to Panama
GV 100: Panama
GV 101: Panama Canal
GV 102: Medidor
GV 103: Costa Rica
GV 104: Passage to Acapulco
GV 105: Acapulco to Cabo
GV 106: Baja
> GV 107: Home Port
GV 108: In Retrospect
GV 109: Next Time
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