Operation offshore

On our first date, Tim said, “You know I’m moving to San Diego, right?” To which Gretchen replied, “I have a laptop.” It didn’t take long for us to recognize that we both had sailing dreams that were bigger than racing small boats on Lake Michigan. Tim wanted to live aboard and Gretchen wanted to cross the Pacific under sail.

Fast forward nine months and our dream was born. We began shopping for a boat that was in budget and could take us offshore. We found Felicità and sailed her as much as we could while I was back and forth between Chicago and San Diego.

Fast forward 13 more months… got hitched and figured out how we were going to relocate Gretchen (and her business!) to San Diego. In addition, we created a very long refit projects punch list and a budget that we’re about 50% confident is big enough to cover it.

Fast forward another 8 months and we moved Gretchen, Ocho, and her business across the country… in the middle of a pandemic. And that’s when we really got down to business getting ourselves and our boat ready to shove off. The official start of “Operation Offshore.”

Follow us here as we refit the boat, shake down our fixes, learn what we’re sure are going to be a million lessons, consume a cocktail or two, and, if all goes as planned… point our bow toward the western horizon when Tim retires.

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Meanwhile, over on Instagram

#reunited with his true love ❤️
One boat goes into storage and the other one comes out of her winter home. Tim is reunited with his favorite boat, Sprinkles, our #rhodes19 🔹 Time to get her tuned up for racing in Chicago and New Orleans. #sailing #sailinglife #dingysailing #onedesignracing
The mighty crew of Felicità has made it home to the North Woods of Wisconsin. 🔹 We visited family and friends in Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado 🚗. Celebrated my nephew’s graduation 🎓, got haircuts 💇‍♀️, did some big repairs to the Volvo 🤑, and managed to dodge Covid even though we had a close call 😷. 🔹 We have lots going on this summer, but for now we’re happy to sit still for a minute. And before we know it, it’ll be October and time to return to our girl ⛵️ . #homesweethome #wisconsin
‼️ Auntie brag alert ‼️ One of the reasons we hauled the boat out so early in May was to make sure I was in Colorado to watch my favorite nephew, Beres, set foot into his next chapter. @templeuniv , you’re lucky to have this fine young man headed your way! #goowls #templeuniversity #thefutureisbright
The Hoover Dam tour is well worth the trip. 🔹The only thing that was SUPER weird was the complete lack of acknowledgement that the water levels are dropping to drastic levels. #nothingtoseehere 🙈🙊🙉 #hooverdam #waterreclamation #nowater #lakemead
I’m making Tim do tourist stuff today as we make our slow way home to Wisconsin. 🤣 #hooverdam #visitingmom
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