Northwest Yachting May 2019

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By Don Linrothe

The weather was hot and humid even at 0100 hours. We were headed 1,500 nm north to Yokohama, Japan, fulfilling a wish made when I was ten and sailing with my father and brother in Puget Sound. While contemplating how I got here with my girlfriend Pamela Gingras and my best friend John Tanaka onboard, I realized how quickly life can turn on a dime. 84 NORTHWEST YACHTING || MAY 2019

Photo: Sophie Raynaud

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Virginia Ann, our new Tayana 54, was performing as expected. V She was making 7 knots upwind, slicing through moderate seas with neutral helm and feeling solid. It was only 12 hours since we received our departure paperwork from Taiwan customs and said goodbye to our new friends at Tayana Yachts.