Saturday, October 4, 2008

Greenhow Regatta

I took two girls from the Waianae Youth Sailing Program to the Greenhow Regatta at Pacific Yacht Club, Hickam Harbor. This was Kate and Caitlin's first race and we took first place!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Why we cross oceans

Why do we sail across oceans?

Some of my favorite Authors say it best:

Make your choice, adventurous stranger:

strike the bell and bide the danger

or wonder, till it drives you mad,

what would have happened if you had."

-the quote is from C.S. Lewis, author of

"The Chronicles of Narnia".

Cast Off!
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Big Fish

This is the Mahi Mahi we caught when we were about 400 miles North of Oahu.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Celebrating Landfall

We had champagne at the fuel dock and a wonderful farewell dinner on Friday Night.

spinnaker on a calm day

We did have a few days when the wind was very light. We did not want to burn all of our fuel so we broke out the spinnaker.

4th of July

Our friend Gary sent along a surprise for the 4th of July.

Broken windvane self steering

On day 4 the servo pendulum rudder on the windvane self steering broke. The picture shows the metal failure that was up inside the unit where we could not see it before departure.
The rest of the trip required hand steering. The crew was fantastic. We all took our turns at the wheel. Life boiled down to eat, sleep and steer with maintenance and sail changes thrown in on a regular basis.

Arrived in San Diego

We arrived in San Diego at 3 p.m. on Friday July 25th.
We were at sea for 28 days. We hit some rough weather but overall it was a good trip.
Here is a picture from the top of the mast before departure and a picture of the crew just before departing.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Follow the crossing on line

We will have plenty of safety equipment on this voyage, but no internet. We will be checking in to a land base by Satellite phone daily. And we will be checking in on the ham radio net. The Pacific Seafarers net will post our position on their website. So if you want to follow the voyage you can go to then click on current roll call

we will be listed as
KA7IMO/She’s Yar/Ann/4POB/ Honolulu – San Diego

This will only give you our position and weather. You will know that if we checked in we are OK. If we don’t check in don’t panic, just pray harder. It could be any number of things that keep us from the radio schedule that are not emergencies.

Meet the Crew

Ann Ford- Captain

Terri- owner and engineer -
Terri knows the boats systems well

Aliah Irvine - 21 year old surfer and nursing student from

Val Cook - Val is coming all the way from New York on the recommendation of a mutual friend, Nancy Erley. Val is the president of the National Women's Sailing Association. Their website is

Departure date set for June 28

The delivery of the Hylas 42 to San Diego is coming together.

The rigging arrived and has been installed.

Lists are getting checked off. Pushing our departure date back 5 days has given us all time to prepare for the voyage

Thursday, June 12, 2008


I am preparing to deliver a Hylas 42 from Honolulu to San Diego.