07 Feb To Japan, again! 2023 Starr Voyage
We are preparing to take Starr on what will most likely be our last significant passage.
I’m turning 80 next month and Sharry is three years into being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Sharry and I have been holding hands for 60 years.
While we are both grieving the loss of her memory, we also want to keep living our lives the best that we can.
We are told that the best thing for Sharry is to get vigorous exercise and have social contact and cognitive stimulation.
Sharry is most at peace when the boat is on extended voyages. She loves being on night watch looking at the stars. To top that off, Japan is her favorite cruising ground.
We plan on departing Honolulu tomorrow for the 3300nm run to Guam and then another 1200nm to Okinawa. The last few months have been filled with testing and maintenance!
The plan is to cruise up the west coast of Japan and be in Hokkaido by the end of May. Once in Hokkaido we will look for a weather window to run to Attu in the Aleutians. From there we explore the Aleutian Islands and cruise Prince William Sound., South East Alaska down through BC to Seattle.
Crewing with us will be Celeste Mausolf, Sam Landsman as co-captain , and Clay Hutchinson from the Kaneohe Yacht Club here on Oahu. Clay crewed in 2019 on the Hawaii to Unalaska island run and again on the 2019 Seattle to Hawaii voyage.
We expect to cover about 14,000nm and plan on Starr being back in Hawaii late October.
This passage will be significantly different because we have Starlink satellite system and we hope to be on line through most of the voyage.
This is a first for me to share the captains’ duties. Sam has been on Starr for the past 9 months and is a great addition to the crew, he is really fun to work with and a whiz in dealing with the ever challenging electronics.
Celeste has been with us for almost a year and is a great pal for Sharry and has been a nurse for 35 years . She lives on a boat with Joe, her significant other. This will be Celeste’s first ocean passage and I know she will do just fine.
We head out tomorrow, Wednesday the 8th, and expect robust easterlies with gusts in the 30’s. You can track our progress by clicking here.
Joseph Alan WertzPosted at 18:54h, 07 February
Have FUN Youse kids! TYVM for sharing.
Atle MoePosted at 20:28h, 07 February
Safe travels and here is to a “boring crossing” which is what we pray for every time we cast off. All the best, Atle from Florida.
Cindy and Dick MetlerPosted at 20:52h, 07 February
Have a wonderful voyage!!! We’ll be following along so keep the blog up to date. And speaking of dates, we’ll hold our breakfast at the Bay rendezvous until you return. We are off to Baja by van on the 20th.
Cindy and Dick
Ginger MarshallPosted at 21:46h, 07 February
How exciting, Don & Sharry! Good for you to take life as you get it and continue to make it a thrill! We will be watching you and hold you in our thoughts for a safe journey 🙂
Ginger & Gary, LivLife
michael s. castletonPosted at 21:54h, 07 February
Starr is a beautiful Vessel. Wish you a safe voyage and Godspeed.
Doug ColePosted at 22:43h, 07 February
Will be eager to follow your progress. Have a wonderful trip.
Donna J LeePosted at 22:57h, 07 February
Bon voyage! Thanks for the great post and update.
Joe and Elayne GolbergPosted at 01:02h, 08 February
Bob Voyage Don, Sherri and the Starr crew. We send our love and wishes for a pleasant and safe passage.
Joe and Elayne GolbergPosted at 01:02h, 08 February
Oops, Bon Voyage!
Mike GaylordPosted at 01:11h, 08 February
Judy VandeverPosted at 01:15h, 08 February
Have a great journey! You deserve it.
DukePosted at 03:48h, 08 February
Truly the best news! Fair winds and following please! We will watch. We have good ideas for Hokkaido. Luv ya, Duke
mike harringtonPosted at 04:27h, 08 February
Have a great trip!
Lori LloydPosted at 05:27h, 08 February
Aloha ’oe Don and Sharry, until we meet again have a safe and happy voyage! XXOO Lori
Jan and Tom WhitePosted at 16:46h, 08 February
Cheers to both of you and your crew. We wish Sharry a wonderful trip.
Dave HeapsPosted at 21:59h, 08 February
Mayfair skies and smooth seas be the major part of your voyage. It is great to see you continue for the time being the many great passages of star. Bon voyage. Dave and Sharon Heaps.
Paul FredricksonPosted at 22:00h, 08 February
Safe passage, go with God and thank you for your friendship
John DouglasPosted at 22:18h, 08 February
Hi Don Hi Sharry!
Hurrah and Bon Voyage!
Rendezvous in Southeast Alaska!
All the best my friends.
Hal WymanPosted at 01:36h, 09 February
Bon Voyage, you all.
Douglas MacQuarriePosted at 03:39h, 09 February
Putting the intention out there that, That this trip, is beyond your expectations… 🙏
Steve JamesPosted at 13:31h, 09 February
Don and Sharry, have a great cruise and know you remain an inspiration.
Peter PowellPosted at 16:57h, 09 February
Once again, I’m living vicariously thru you and Sherry!! Love your stories and pictures! Let me know how the StarLink does!
DonPosted at 19:52h, 09 February
We are 204 nm out and just completed a 1/2 hr FaceTime with Sharry’s doctor. we were dropped once but back on in seconds.
Where is your big cat at this time?.
Bev DesmaraisPosted at 21:27h, 12 February
Wow! I didn’t know I had such adventurous cousins! Bev from Vancouver; daughter of Walt Johnson, Son of Anna Alfredia Johnson ,Sister of Olga. We were boaters too but never ocean voyage like this. Just local waters Seattle up to Desolation Sound. I was actually at your wedding and happy you have had a long and wonderful life and here’s to many more!. I will be looking forward to following your Journey. Have a safe and wonderful trip!
Victor HernandezPosted at 21:48h, 17 February
Wishing you and interesting and no excitement passage. My biggest lesson in life:
DeanPosted at 02:07h, 18 February
Thanks for taking us along with you