How It All Began

First Rob bought a boat. Back in 2005 he welcomed into his life Velella velella, a classic 38 foot double-ended full keel ketch called an Ingrid, designed by William Atkin. She was commissioned to be built as a fiberglass hull and cabin only in 1976 by her first owners, Scott and his wife, who finished her out with custom designed wood interiors and raised their family aboard, taking her around the Puget Sound and up the Inside Passage to Alaska. We are the fourth owners and the first to take her cruising in foreign lands.

The sailing dream started at an early age for Rob and when he met me, a girl who grew up on boats in Alaska, we decided to make it come true. After a number of years sailing around the San Juan Islands, Mystery Bay and Desolation Sound, we began to outfit the boat in our home town of Port Townsend, WA for a longer journey south. We could never have left the dock without the incredibly generous help, knowledge, humor and support of all our friends working in the maritime trades in PT. Thank you! In August 2011 we cast off and stowed our fenders and headed out the Strait of Juan de Fuca and around Cape Flattery, for an off shore journey to San Francisco and eventually Mexico. You’ll have to read our blog posts to see how it turned out…

Rob and Velella go way back

Velella velella with new white paint job 2009

Velella velella used to be green!

Rob and friends in Desolation Sound

Raft up in Watmough Bay

Damn she looks good!

One more:

We miss you Miles and dream of you chasing Orcas in the sky


1 thought on “How It All Began

  1. I’m so enjoying this little peak into your journey. Warm waters and safe skies to you, excited to see how it all unfolds…

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