Ship’s Log

George meets the ‘Lady Jane’

So, it’s true. The Minnow has been sold. I’ll be taking it to the Wooden Boat Festival in Pt. Townsend this year, and it will leave there with a new skipper bound for Montana. There is a replacement. George met her today. The ‘Lady Jane’. The ‘Lady Jane’ is a Lightning. Designed by Sparkman & Read More…

Electronics, winches, and Boom tents, OH MY!

Prep continues here at Team Hodge. The Sperry flag from 2016 will be returning, reincarnated as a boom tent. This really has been George’s project; since he ends up staying at the boat alot at events like this he wanted some shade. We just need to add some grommets and some straps to hold it Read More…

Countdown to 2017 R2AK

Shesh. after a layoff at work taking a big bite out of my R2AK budget, I’m finally back to getting prepped for R2AK. Sadly, i had to curtail some of my bigger ticket modifications. I’ll still have oars, and not a new Hobie Drive. I’ll also still have the same set of tarps for sails. Read More…

Registration Confirmed!

Prep for this year has been rather minimal; I had hoped to add a Hobie drive, and get some other things done, but a layoff at work dried up alot of the R2AK money. Hence, there hasn’t been alot of updates. However, I can say that today my tax refund came, and I was able Read More…

Preparing for 2017

Well, I’m in it again- I’ll be doing the first leg again in 2017. I’ve begun re-evaluating what worked and didn’t last year.  The oars have got to go. While I previously have carried oars on the Minnow, it does not row well. With the flat bottom, it does not track well without input from Read More…

R2AK leg one – The Recap.

Whew. While alot of my new friends are either in Johnstone Strait or preparing to enter the Seymour Narrows, my race ended a few days ago, in Victoria. It’s been a few days, I’m back in Seattle, and have finished my first shift in the shipyard after living on the Minnow for basically a week. Read More…

I made it in.

That’s the short story.  A tactical error stretched my time to about 20 or 21 hours; i’ll write more once I get some sleep in a real bed for the first time since Sunday.

Let’s do this thing.

Its 4 am. In two hours the gun goes off and I’m on my way. The tracker is up at http://leg1.r2ak.com. There’s 35 miles to Victoria, we’ve got a full set of sails, half a pack of beef jerky, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.

Arrival in Port Townsend.

Wow. I’m here. On the starting line two days before the gun. Sitting in a cafe where I can see semi-famous boats and people I’ve only known thru their own online logs of their journeys that brought them here. I’m thinking back on all the ups and downs since I got the crazy idea to Read More…

To meet the Sea….

I’ve heard it said that the sea finds what you did wrong; So with that in mind I set out to meet the sea. Last weekend, I sailed from Shilshole to Port Townsend as a shakedown trip for the R2AK run. I figured three days living on the boat would point out any problems with the Read More…

Almost ready to go

Yesh. Two weeks left till i leave. And… I think I’ll be ready. I’ve been a bit of a slacker on posting updates lately, as i’ve been so busy. but progress has been made. I have my new Ocean Rodeo Ignite drysuit. This thing is great. Decided to take a shot with the boat on Read More…

T-shirts for sale!

Team Hodge is set to go for Victoria in the Race to Alaska on June 23rd, 2016. To help get the last final bits we need, We’ve commissioned Ellen Exacto to create a custom design and put together a limited edition T-shirt. On the front, the shirt features an image of George, the most steadfast Read More…

Electrical system is done!

So, today and yesterday we got a double dose of good weather here in Seattle. I managed to make some significant progress I managed to get two costs of paint on the coamings and the areas that needed touching up, I got the Andersen bailer installed, and the electrical system completed. 

Hatch coamings are in!

Today, I managed to get up to Sea-Mar before they closed and get some hardener. From Harbor island to Fisherman’s terminal in 25 minutes! Once I got home,  I got to work in the back yard, moving along with the hatch replacement. I’m happy to say the coaming install went well. 

The new webpage is up!

Team hodge now has a web page.  sparse for now, more info later. We’ve gotten the About page pretty much up and going, so I’d click on that to find out more abut me and my boat. Soon, i’ll start updating this log with the preparations and outfitting for the trip to Victoria.