And sail away we did.
We left Honolulu on March 3, 2005, on an open-ended itinerary. We sailed 35,000 miles and were in 41 countries as we sailed around the world. We returned to Honolulu on June 19, 2015.
We left Hawaii and sailed across the central and western Pacific. We sailed through Asia and further west. We sailed through the Mediterranean and then crossed the Atlantic. We sailed south through the Caribbean then west along the northern coast of South America. We transited the Panama Canal then headed further west across the eastern Pacific. Then we returned to Hawaii.
This website is a brief story of this journey. Come aboard!
– Bud & Nita
Passage is a Peterson 44 built in 1980 in Taiwan. The Peterson 44 was designed by Doug Peterson – a noted racing and cruising boat designer – and was one of the first production “performance cruisers”. These boats are often referred to as Kelley-Petersons because they were commissioned through Jack Kelley Yacht Sales in San Diego, California.
A fine website is maintained for “owners and admirers” of the Peterson 44 in general. There you can find magazine articles, information about the boat’s design, specifications, and even the original sales brochure. However, if you are interested in Passage in particular, come aboard.
The sailing was sometimes pleasant – sometimes not. But we sailed all of it by ourselves – just the two of us. The distance sailed each season depended on where we were and where we were headed. One season we sailed only 642 nautical miles. Another season we sailed 6,606 nautical miles. Overall, we sailed 35,000 miles
Our destinations were determined by personal interest and weather. There are well-established cruising routes around the world, and we followed many of those routes. But we also wandered to lesser-known places of interest to us. Those were mostly good decisions.
Follow our sea travels here.