My sea story started early. When I was five I was home-schooled on a commercial salmon troller, fishing between Oregon and Alaska. I still fish a lot, but lately I have been racing small boats to Alaska more than fishing there—see R2AK. I also raced our previous boat, Kotuku, a lot: Pacific Cup, VanIsle 360, Oregon Offshore, Swiftsure. When not doing boatwork, I was busy as the father of two girls and the president of Industrial Revolution, a local NW company that makes innovative outdoor gear. In my spare time—ha—I enjoy climbing, cooking, and tormenting my daughters with bad jokes.
I grew up boating with my family in the Pacific Northwest, but gained my first offshore experience when Graeme and I sailed across the Pacific on our honeymoon. I wrote a book about it: The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, & a Woman’s Search for the Meaning of Wife (Simon & Schuster). Since then I’ve been raising
cain kids and writing about parenting and gender roles and the difficulty of keeping things on a (relatively) even keel. I was an English teacher before becoming a writer, so I’m particularly excited about boatschooling kids in the Arctic, a place I’m eager to learn about myself.
Like my dad, I have been driving and navigating boats since about age 5. I am way better at it than he was at my age. (I am 11 now.) [And quite modest! the skipper of Dogbark notes.] I love horses, geography, skiing, backpacking, rock climbing, snorkeling, making up strange and random dance moves, and playing the flute. I am excited to watch the Lippizaner stallions in Austria, and see the northern lights. I hate hats, hoods, and anything else that covers my extremely sincere face—except for pizza boxes of course, because who doesn’t like pizza? Oh yeah, and my mom wants me to mention that I was a finalist in my school’s GeoBee.
I’m in fourth grade and I love gymnastics, climbing the mast, and spending time with family. I’m hoping to see narwhals, the green flash, and ride on a dogsled. You can usually find me hanging out, upside down on whatever I can find. [Savai is too modest to say this but, at her school, she is a junior librarian, a Kindness Challenge class rep, and a Circle of Friends participant. She is also a very hard worker and a great cook, plus she has never been sea sick. At least not yet . . . ]
Ace BowWoman: Becca
Becca is a sailor, entrepreneur, writer, conservationist and explorer. She has sailed 7,000 miles between Alaska and Panama, lived in four countries and started two businesses. As a writer, she specializes in creative storytelling of authentic moments, capturing the beautiful, dangerous, dramatic and hilarious. You can find her work in a variety of publications, including Sailing World, PassageMaker and 48° North.
For the past 8 years, she has worked with environmental nonprofits and adventure media organizations including National Geographic, PacificWILD, and Conservation Northwest. Her superhuman strengths include logistics coordination, project management, storytelling and building spreadsheets for fun. On expedition with National Geographic in Alaska and British Columbia, she managed a team of 5, a budget of $400,000, and video footage from 11 cameras for 4 months. She loves warm sunny spinnaker runs, reeling in a tuna and romantic treks up steep mountains.
Read about Becca and John’s current voyage at Halcyonwandering.
The Photographer, Chief Crawdad Killer, and Jack-of-all-trades: John
John is a photographer by profession, explorer by nature and entrepreneur by accident. He is a sailor with over 7,000 miles under his belt, and can often be found delivering a boat somewhere on the pacific seaboard or tweaking the sails on his own sailboat, Halcyon, which he and his wife, Becca, use for their own adventures.
As a photographer, John enjoys discovering new angles, perspectives and methods for capturing a scene or subject. He believes that everything on our planet, no matter how small and mundane, has an interesting story to tell, and he enjoys finding and telling that story to others. You can find his photographs in a variety of Outdoor Brand/Lifestyle company websites and publications, including Cruising World, PassageMaker, National Geographic, REEF, and 48° North.
Other media projects:
- PacificWild: Great Bear LIVE, Project Director w/Ian McAllister
- National Geographic: Mega-Mine Transect Expedition w/ Dr. Michael Fay
- iLCP: Sacred Headwaters RAVE w/ Dr. Wade Davis, Carr Clifton, Paul Colangelo, Joe Riis and Trevor Frost
© Header image courtesy of Denis McGuirk, taken in Juneau, Alaska.