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Exit Strategy, Wauquiez PS40, Victoria, B.C. — After a lifetime of waiting, Tom Christensen is finally cruising. "I knew I wanted to go cruising when I read about Robin Lee Graham in National Geographic when I was 12," he laughed. "Then life got in the way for the next 40 years!" Realizing when they met eight years ago that Tom's dream would not be denied, Kim MacLean embraced sailing and the cruising life with gusto, and now the Victoria-based couple is happily enjoying their open-ended cruise. Though Tom had to postpone his ultimate plans, he did all the sailing he could, starting on lakes. He ended up with a Martin that he owned and raced for 20 years. He also raced in such long-distance contests as the Vic-Maui to hone his skills. But the time finally came to slow down, so he sold the Martin and bought Exit Strategy five years ago. With two additional crew aboard, the couple took just six days to make Drakes Bay, and consider themselves lucky that they had such an idyllic trip down the coast. "We had 15-25 knots out of the northwest most of the time," said Tom. "Or zero," laughed Kim. They'd been on the Bay for a week when we met them and were planning to explore for another week or so before heading to the start line for the Baja Ha-Ha (entry #55). After the Ha-Ha, Tom and Kim plan to cruise the Sea of Cortez for the season, then join the Puddle Jump to the South Pacific. "We'll decide where to go from there," said Tom. Robin Lee Graham would be proud.

Sockdolager, Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, Port Townsend, WA (karenandjims excellentadventure.blogspot.com) — Good things come in small packages, says an old proverb, and Jim Heumann and Karen Sullivan couldn't agree more. That the pair live together on a 24-ft Dana may seem incomprehensible to some, but the simplicity of the boat and her systems suits Jim and Karen's cruising style just fine. The couple met in '07 at a Pacific Seacraft Rendezvous in Port Townsend, WA. Jim, who'd only been sailing for a couple of years at that point, already owned Sockdolager — "I got lucky," he said of his first boat purchase — when he discovered that another attendee at the event not only was female, single and owned her own Dana 24, but she'd also singlehanded it from Alaska to attend! "I was very popular," conceded a humble Karen. It seemed Jim had some competition — but, as it turned out, not really. "Those other guys would just come down to my boat, Minstrel, and be like, 'Hey, baby.' Ugh, not interested." Jim played it cool by talking boats and soliciting her advice, and in the end, wound up with the prize. But Jim wasn't just playing a game by getting Karen's opinions on boats and cruising — having spent a lifetime on boats, she really knows her stuff. "I started sailing in the early '70s, got my captain's license in '80, and have skippered boats up and down the East Coast and in the Caribbean." She and her ex-husband spent years sailing schooPage 104 •

Latitude 38

• October, 2011

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Latitude 38 Oct. 2011  

The October 2011 eBook issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 Oct. 2011  

The October 2011 eBook issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.