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CHANGES Several West Coast boats completed circumnavigations this spring. In the next

few months, we hope to bring you glimpses into each of those remarkable voyages, written by the folks who lived them! The first two installments are from Warren Holybee of Eliana, and Larry and Margie Linder of Althea. Also this month, we revisit the ongoing cruises of Tulum V and Green Flash; take a quick look back — and forward — at Zihuatanejo SailFest; and top it all off with a creamy icing of Cruise Notes.

Warren with a big one that didn't get away.

sailors from all over the world — many of whom I kept running into as we took our own routes around. Some were sailors from my own backyard who I met on the other side of the world! I got to see animals and places that most of us only read about or see on the 'Eliana' at a snug anchorage in New Zealand.

National Geographic channel. I briefly lived in worlds with different cultures, different religions, and little wealth — but lots of happiness. I had hardships, including running dangerously low on cash; having to make repairs to the boat; and conflicts with crew. I kicked one crewmember off in Fiji. Another abruptly left — calling me from the airport to let me know he wouldn't be back. I had a rigging issue in South Africa that I caught early, before it prematurely ended my trip. What I experienced and learned can't be taught, and I am fortunate to have been able to experience it. I started sailing in 2014, in midlife — well before retirement but much later than so many of my friends who started as kids. It began during my commute to work across the Golden Gate Bridge. While stressed out in traffic, I'd look out into the Bay. One day I decided sailing was a better way to spend my time than in traffic. I began taking classes at Modern Sailing in Sausalito. A little over a year later, I bought Eliana with the lofty, distant goal of sailing around the globe. I found the boat in Marina del Rey and had an opportunity to cruise around Catalina Island with some friends before bringing her north to the Bay Area. "Cruising" was new to me then, having at this point only taken classes and daysails around the Bay. But I knew I wanted it to be my new way of life. It took three years before I was able to leave. I created a long checklist of projects for Eliana, entered some beer can races, and started planning and wrapping up my financial affairs for the trip. In early 2018, I decided to enter the Pacific Cup. The boat wasn't ready, but close. The main reason for entering was that it set a firm date for departure. There was no way to put off leaving for "a few more upgrades." If the boat met the strict safety equipment rules, that would be enough. As a result, I left without refrigeration, watermaker, a windlass, solar panels — the list goes on. None of those is really necessary, although I would later add solar and refrigeration. The race was a spectacular experience. Eliana did great and we took third in our division. I feel good that we had a strong finish for a first time in the race. And I'd love to do it again — but on somebody ELIANA

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Eliana — Morgan 382 Warren Holybee The Experience of a Lifetime Petaluma I just finished my circumnavigation a few weeks ago. It was an experience of a lifetime, meeting many new friends and

else's boat! I didn't realize how hard an ocean race would be on the boat. Flying the spinnaker at night through squalls with winds that reach 30+ knots is not for the fainthearted. Fortunately, the only things that broke were the hinges on the toilet seat. After enjoying the party at Kaneohe Yacht Club, most of the fleet turned around and went back to where they'd come from. Except me. I continued south to New Zealand, and eventually across the Indian Ocean, then to Brazil and the Caribbean; waited out COVID in Virginia, and finally transited the Panama Canal and returned to San Francisco. I am often asked what my favorite place was. I answer quickly, "Fiji," but