July 6, 2019 Day 241  Noon Position: 46 39N 53 01W Course(t)/Speed(kts): NE 6 Wind(t/tws): E 4 Sea(t/ft): — Sky/10ths Cover: Fog/10 (viz = 200ft) Bar(mb): 1013+, falling Cabin Temp(f): 68 (engine heater on) Water Temp(f): 46 Relative Humidity(%): 52 Magnetic Variation: -17.6 Sail: Motoring  Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 112 Miles since departure:, Read More

Eight months following wind and sea succeeded by one month tethered ashore. Neither seems real; in both cases, time has flown. This morning, Mo tugs gently at her anchor. She is happy enough here, as am I, but she knows we must move on. Much has been accomplished but not yet the goal. The, Read More

As I ready Mo for her jump from Halifax northwards, I am reminded of her first Northwest Passage attempt, summarized here by Clark Stede in a 1991 article in Yachting Monthly.  Posted by The Figure 8 Voyage on January 17, 2017 Aboard Moli is a small hardbound book titled Rund Amerika, the story of my boat’s initial, Read More

Having done with the greasier mechanical systems, I moved on to restoring Monte. Soon after our Halifax arrival, I reattached the vane pendulum* and went for a test sail to see how the frame, bent upwards on starboard when wrapped by the drogue bridle in a gale, affected the vane’s functionality. Could Monte sail, Read More

“Can you please write a blog post?” asked my wife. “I’m busy,” I say. “But it’s been four days with nothing from you. You’ve posted every day for almost a year. People expect an update.” “After such a flood, I’d think those people would like a break.” “Then stop thinking and write a post.”, Read More

Note from Joanna: Hey folks. We’ve got a fun giveaway for all of you. If you’ll remember, a dear friend and supporter of the Figure 8 Voyage asked if he could name his ink after Randall and his journey. You can read about this amazing ink and the story of why it inspired the, Read More

As of yesterday, provisioning for the next leg of the Figure 8 Voyage is complete. Foods have been purchased, loaded aboard and neatly stowed, and once again, Mo’s lockers are full-up. This time around, provisioning was largely a function of re-establishing par levels for core foods. Having done that, I sat down this morning, Read More

Here’s the set-up. Two friends from San Francisco, Ben Shaw and his wife, Lauren Keane, just happened to book a cruise on Ice Bear, 59 North Sailing’s newest boat, that put them in Halifax the week of Mo’s arrival. I learned of this via a text that read, “Hey, we’re in Lunenburg. Can we, Read More

Sure, it’s a nice town, but it became fabulous when my wife arrived on Friday afternoon. Her flight through Philadelphia canceled; the resulting connection grounded her in Dallas. That she came trundling out the gate of Stanfield International at roughly the right time proved a stroke of luck; that she pushed before her two, Read More

Each day starts with a renewed attack on the work list, and each day that attack is blunted by visitors. Rich, John S, Sebastian, the owner of Comet, Bob, James, Rob, Ben, Sandy, Phil…the names go on. These interruptions, “the many snares of popularity,” are not the least unpleasant, and some even mature into, Read More


As referenced in a previous post, John Harries, author of the well-known voyaging website, Attainable Adventure Cruising, came to visit Mo at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron last week. John has long advocated the use of the Jordan Series Drogue and so was interested to explore the issues Mo had with the drogue, Read More

June 7, 2019 The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht SquadronHalifax, Nova Scotia I noticed barnacle growth before our first pass at Cape Horn, just one or two, spied going about their business in the eddies off Mo’s transom. And then, over the course of the Southern Ocean circuit, each time I hung myself over the, Read More

February 28, 2019 Day 147 Noon Position: 46 44S  138 22W Course(t)/Speed(kts): Up/Down and Sideways… Wind(t/tws): SW to NW 9 Sea(t/ft): W 2 Sky: Overcast 10ths Cloud Cover: 8 Bar(mb): 1025 Cabin Temp(f): 64 Water Temp(f): 53 Relative Humidity(%): 59 Sail: Twin headsails poled out Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 88 Miles since departure:, Read More

February  2, 2019 Day 121 Noon Position: 45 43S  141 17ECourse(t)/Speed(kts): ESE 6Wind(t/tws): NWxN 10 – 12 (for the day, 10 – 20)Sea(t/ft): W5Sky: Stratus (for the day, often clear)10ths Cloud Cover: 10Bar(mb): 1015, fallingCabin Temp(f): 64Water Temp(f): 54Relative Humidity(%): 60 Sail: Twins poled out full Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 147Miles since departure:, Read More

January 30, 2019 Day 118 Noon Position: 43 45S  131 34ECourse(t)/Speed(kts): ExS 7Wind(t/tws): WSW 22 – 26Sea(t/ft): W 10; still got heavy rollersSky: Puffy cumulus clouds, only occasional squalls.10ths Cloud Cover: 5Bar(mb): 1006, rising slowlyCabin Temp(f): 59Water Temp(f): 52Relative Humidity(%): 44 Sail: Working jib and main, one reef and two respectively. Noon-to-Noon Miles Made, Read More

January 16, 2019 Day 104 Noon Position: 45 54S  86 35E Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExN 7 Wind(t/tws): WxS 15 – 20 Sea(t/ft): W 4 Sky: Overcast 10 (the morning was clear; the evening is utterly clear) 10ths Cloud Cover: 10 Bar(mb): 1012, steady Cabin Temp(f): 59 Water Temp(f): 47 Relative Humidity(%): 70 Sail: Twin headsails poled, Read More

December 14, 2018 Day 71 Noon Position: 44 01S  27 42W Course(t)/Speed(kts): NNE 6 Wind(t/tws): ESE 22 – 26 Sea(t/ft): SE 10 – 15 Sky: Overcast 10ths Cloud Cover: 10 Bar(mb): 1015, rising Cabin Temp(f): 55 Water Temp(f): 50 Relative Humidity(%): 87 Sail: Working jib, broad reaching Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 107 Miles, Read More

Date: Dec 13, 2018 Position: 1800 hours 45 34S  26 53W Course: WNW 7 and 8 Wind: SW 25 – 30 Busy night coming on so brief note. As you can see, I’m headed backwards. This is an attempt to slingshot around the back side of this low as it passes over us. Wind, Read More

November 30, 2018 Day 57 Noon Position: 54 36S 63 15W Course(t)/Speed(kts): NExN 6 Wind(t/tws): SWxS 17 – 23 Sea(t/ft): SW 8 – 10, very steep; wind-over-current seas. Nearly pooped. Sky: Alternating between squall and clear. 10ths Cloud Cover: 9 Bar(mb): 1008, rising Cabin Temp(f): 52 Water Temp(f): 40, back down from yesterday’s 45, Read More

November 26, 2018 Day 53 Noon Position: 55 35S  81 46W Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExS 7 Wind(t/tws): W 20+ Sea(t/ft): W 10 Sky: Clear 10ths Cloud Cover: 0 Bar(mb): 1011+, rising Cabin Temp(f): 57 Water Temp(f): 40 Relative Humidity(%): 65 Sail: Twins poled out, two rolls in each. Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 168 Miles since, Read More

November 22, 2018 Day 49 Noon Position: 50 38S 97 37w Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 6+ Wind(t/tws): WxN 30 – 35 Sea(t/ft): W 15 Sky: Thin Cumulus 10ths Cloud Cover: 3 Bar(mb): 992 Cabin Temp(f): 57 Water Temp(f): 43 Relative Humidity(%): 68 Sail: Working jib rolled to “forth” reef point Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 151, Read More

October 7, 2018 Day 3 Noon Position: 30 49N 127 50W Course/Speed: SW 7 – 8 Wind: NNE 19 – 25 Sea: NW 10 Sky: Partly Cloudy Bar: 1021, falling Cabin Degrees Fahrenheit: 73 Water Degrees Fahrenheit: 67 Percent Relative Humidity: 66 Sail: #2 genoa, three reefs; Main, 2 reefs; wind starboard quarter Noon-to-Noon, Read More

October 6, 2018 Day 2 Noon Position: 32 59N 125 37W Course/Speed: SSW 7+ Wind: NNW 16 – 20 Sea: NNW 6 – 8 Sky: Overcast, squally, part sun Bar: 1021, falling (1018 by evening) Cabin Degrees Fahrenheit: 72 Water Degrees Fahrenheit: 67 Percent Relative Humidity: 76 (Note: I’ve added this last statistic just, Read More