For those of you who have been following along, you may have previously read my blog post entitled The double meaning of Aloha. In this blog I talked about the Vic-Maui Yacht Race coming up in July 2018 and how I had planned to race. At that time, we had unexpectedly received the gift of Spindrift from my grandparents and we had to ship her out West, causing some tightening of the financial belt!

Well, I’m happy to say that we have managed to organize ourselves so that I can head to Hawaii! I will not be doing the race this time around, but I’ll be helping to deliver one of the race boats back to Vancouver from Maui – Turnagain, a Beneteau Oceanis 50.


I am so excited to get these miles under my belt and to get back out on the open water. I can’t really begin to put into words what it feels like to sail under the stars surrounded by complete darkness, but it is something special to experience!

Also, Turnagain skipper Travis has been silly enough to let me recruit some friends to join in on the adventure, so Geoff Lugar, Wren McElroy and Joe Gilbert are also signing on! I think we need a team name and mascot…

Keep an eye on my page for updates on how I am getting organized for this trip including workouts, packing tips, foul weather gear and more!


I’m hoping the trip looks something like this (but with women… haha) …

Fair winds,

Captain Penny


    1. The race will end in Lahaina, Maui so the boat will start off there. We will then head to Honolulu to provision and possibly stop in at Hanalai Bay Kauai for some snorkeling… This is my first trip to Hawaii so I am excited to see it all! Have you been before? What would you recommend seeing?

      1. What an incredible experience! We live on Oahu. If you look at my blog under the “hiking” category, you can browse through some of my favorite things to do here. It’s not all hiking 😉 Maui is beautiful too! My hubby and are headed to Kauai in a few weeks for the first time!

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