Sunday December 2, 2018

Where is Tim?

Sunday December 2, 2018

The past 2 weeks have been spent enjoying New Zealand! Long days, warm sunshine (except when it rains each afternoon), and lots of wind. Made several good friends here at the Marina. $-5 times per week it is usually dinner on another boat. Works for me. I continue to teach the celestial navigation class and the Wednesday cruisers radio net.

But, I am missing my family, and dare I say it, flying. I have a safety seminar scheduled at a Kerikeri flight school in early January. Fun.

More to come


5 thoughts on “Sunday December 2, 2018

  1. Rick Michaelson says:


    Wow, you did it. Sailed away. Are you single-handing?

    I just got my 6-pack capt license and plan on teaching sailing out of Bodega Bay in my 45′ ketch and out of Tahoe Keys in my Cstalina 270.

  2. Rick Michaelson says:

    I have taken a part time job at West Marine in Reno for the employee discount. I started for nuku hiva last April but boat damage and family obs forced me to abort the trip.

    Fair winds, Tim!


    • MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year.

      I hope all is well with you and your family, and wish you a warm holiday season and very happy new year!

      It’s odd celebrating Christmas here, in summer, but I guess I can try it once. New Zealand is a wonderful place, and warming up rapidly.

      2018 was a tumultuous year for me. After the unplanned closing of my flight school in late 2017, I was angry, frustrated and lost. After all, the Aerobatic Company was in business for 16 years, complete with all the accolades. But it was not meant to be. I will be back teaching aerobatics, tailwheel, and hopefully participating in aerobatic competition and air shows, but my teaching primary students is over. BTW, I will be in the market for a Super Decathlon, so please keep your eyes open.

      I made the decision to take time away from beloved flying, de stress, and sail around the world. So outward bound I went!

      My journey thus far has brought me from San Diego to Cabo san Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, across the Pacific Ocean to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, French Polynesia. Off to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Then Pago Pago in American Samoa, Fiji and finally New Zealand to hide during the cyclone season. I crossed the Pacific Ocean and experienced all she had to offer. Next season I will cross the Indian Ocean, round the horn of Africa, cross the Atlantic Ocean and back home. All at 5 knots of speed ! (I am attempting to maintain a blog at

      Along the way, I made new friends, toasted beautiful sunsets, saw ghosts, faced storms, fixed boats, taught celestial navigation and even gave several flight safety seminars to local island flight schools.

      Plus there is my “Mike the Dog” series of adventure books I am writing for my Grandson, Lucas. “Mike the Dog’s Super Big Flying Rolling Jump” is the first book of what I envision will be a Mike the Dog series. Mike musters all his courage to follow his dreams and prove to a sick girl, Anja, that anything is possible. As are all the books in the “Mike the Dog” adventure series, it is based on my personal experiences and adventurers my family and I have done over many years.

      But back to my motivation for sailing around the world. I was weaving my way through the needs and expectations of many, doing the best I could do, a single dad as well, with very little help, no money, but loads of criticism from many others. Each day was the mirror image of the previous day. I was always gambling yesterday for today and then gambling today for tomorrow. I began to hate flying, and sunk into depression. I was angry. This was not who I was meant to become. Until one morning I decided it was enough, and walked away.

      My point here is, if you are not living your life, then its time for a change. It’s not always easy fighting the waves alone. There will be days you may find difficult, but see it as your commitment to explore life in its fullness. Find new places and meet new people from all over the world. There will be days you wish you hadn’t started this journey but keep going. You will find ways to shrug off your doubts, keep raising those sails and find the strength to pick up those binoculars. Something new and exciting is just over the horizon. Whatever the driving factors may be, you never surrender, you never give up, living.


      “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them”: – Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Merry Christmas!

      More later 🙂


    • Thursday January 24, 2019

      Where is Tim?

      On the boat work side of my life, I am completing most of the major projects I began weeks ago. Bottom antifouling paint, topside paint, stern tube, cutlass bearing, engine work, bulk head repair, new through hull, install water maker, lightening ground wire, varnish, and more. This to-do list seems endless.

      On the social side, I have enjoyed the wonderful company of Professor Duco Pulle of Holland. It is always nice to good discussions with like-minded adventurers. Among other thinks, we are discussing an around the world flight in an LSA seaplane! I guess I’m still a pilot at heart. Of course, there seem to be many such adventurers in the cruising community. None of us, it seems, are content with participating in armchair expeditions, we want to be in the arena!

      As always, a big thank you to those who have supported our cause in the past with your generous donations. I am still hoping to secure about $750 to help pay for my needed Monitor Wind Vane parts, rebuild/replace my refrigerator compressor, a new bow navigation light (mine was torn off in bad weather), sail repairs, and of course, to pay for the marina hardstand fees. And, as always, your one time donations via Paypal can be easily made by selecting the “buy us a beer – donate” button on our web site. (

      More to come,

      Oh, one more item. I am interviewing for a crew member to join me next season as I go from New Zealand to South Africa, and beyond. Passage 1 is New Zealand to New Caledonia in the end of April. Contact me if you are interested.



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