Thursday, March 13, 2008

We've come a long way

When we get to Fort Lauderdale, we need to replace our Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) burgee. The one we’re flying is pretty tattered. Right now, we’re associates in SSCA, but since we’re getting a new burgee anyway, I’m working on our application to be commodores. I’m not sure how much it matters, but it’s a different burgee. There are mileage requirements for commodore status, so I’ve just taken the time to estimate ours. It isn’t something we normally track.

Here are the statistics: Since we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on May 1, 2006, we’ve traveled more than 7,000 nautical miles. Our farthest point north and west was Juneau, Alaska, at 58.336° N 134.492° W. Our farthest point south was latitude 07° 10.952' N on the way to Panama City, which is the farthest east we’ve been so far at 079.555° W. (The differences in the latitude/longitude formats is the result of different methods of recording the information. You can do the math.) Our longest non-stop passage was more than 550 nm down the Washington-Oregon-California coast from Westport, Washington, to San Francisco in August. We’ve landed in seven countries on two continents and two oceans, but we haven’t crossed an ocean yet.

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