Arriving in Victoria Harbour, British Columbia, after travelling 27,000 nautical miles.

The story of a single handed sailing voyage around the world without stopping for provisions or help.

Wind worn bowls in granite boulders on top of Bald Cone.

This is the story of a voyage to Stewart Island at the bottom of New Zealand at Christmas 1980. This is a wild and sometimes exciting place to get to, but well worth the effort.

Baggywrinkle Logo

A set of short stories related to the sea and all who sail upon her.

Nobby Clark's Second Letter

On October 14 1984, I left Victoria British Columbia on a solo non-stop Circumnavigation of the globe. My goal was to arrive back in Victoria safely, encounter what the tall ship sailors had experienced and to complete the journey in as fast a time as I could. On my return, I learned that I had broken the overall world record for all sizes of sailing craft and subsequent letters to "Nobby" Clark, the Guinness record keeper for sailing records, confirmed it. Six months later my overall record was broken by Dodge Morgan, however I retained my record for sailing vessels up to 50 feet. Nobby's first letter requested I send him specific information and his second letter established my record. I've transcribed Nobby's second letter for easy reading.

Rainbow 1000 Miles West of Cape Horn

October 1984
November 1984
December 1984
January 1985
February 1985
March 1985
April 1985
May 1985
June 1985
July 1985

Scrubbing the bottom beside the Johnson Street Bridge

View a slide show of the solo no-stop circumnavigation from the time when Laivina was being prepared. The mast was taken down and rigging replaced and various repairs were done before scrubbing the bottom and applying coats of anti-fouling paint.

The Midnight Sun

During the fall of 1986, Pacific Yachting published a four part series of my trip.

Part 1 - Victoria to Cape Horn
Part 2 - Cape Horn to Kerguelen
Part 3 - Kerguelen to New Zealand
Part 4 - New Zealand to Victoria

Southern Ocean Barometer Graph

These are the records of barometric pressure recorded during the voyage.

Oct 1984
Nov 1984
Dec 1984
Jan 1985
Feb 1985
Mar 1985
Apr 1985
May 1985
Jun 1985
Jul 1985


These are the statistics based on records kept during the voyage. Taking noon to noon runs as a straight line, Laivina travelled 26,776.6 nautical miles in 268 days from Victoria BC to Victoria BC (subtracting the days spent at Santa Barbara re-building the auxiliary rudder). The average days run was 99.9 nautical miles or 4.2 knots The longest days run was 181 nautical miles (7.54 knots) and the shortest days run was 19 nautical miles (not counting part days when leaving or entering ports and returning to "assist in a search") I consumed 433 litres of fresh water over 276 days (1.56 litres per day). I actually consumed more water as I cooked my meals and baked bread using a mixture of fresh and salt water

Wind Strengths
Sails Used
Points of Sail

The high percentage (42.3%) closed hauled is mostly made up from two pacific ocean transits, outward bound and homeward bound while making easting in the trades over three to four months.

At anchor in Lord's River

This is the story of a voyage to Stewart Island at the bottom of New Zealand at Christmas 1980. This is a wild and sometimes exciting place to get to, but well worth the effort.

Stewart Island

Old Salt


For those not acquainted with the title of this column, the term baggy wrinkle comes from the old sailing ship days. The sail maker on board, would keep short, odd pieces of rope yarns in a bag for use as anti-chafing on shrouds to protect the sails. "Bag o' Wrinkle" as the wrinkled yarns in the bag were called. So this column is called baggy wrinkle as it is designed to contains short, odd yarns.

And that's how it all happened
The Launching
The Lowly Engine
Fisherman's Wharf August 2086
The Licensed Boater
Another Lousy Day in Paradise
The Size of Things to Come
From the Sea Horse's Mouth
Lower the Bosun's Chair, Hal

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