HI, I’M MATT.

 

THESE ARE MY ADVENTURES LIVING ON MY SAILBOAT GUDGEON AS I SAIL AROUND THE WORLD.

Back at the end of 2013 I decided (apropos of nothing) that I wanted to live on a sailboat. Armed with only a copy of This Old Boat and my blissful ignorance of anything to do with boats, sailing or handiwork I bought the first boat I looked at, a mere 3 hours drive + 2 hours ferry ride away. What a great idea!

Luckily the boat (a Cherubini designed Hunter 36) turned out not to have anything too disastrously wrong with it, so with a lot of time, money and reading I managed to get it into a livable condition. And then I discovered I liked sailing…

Things escalated from there and now, just over four years later, I’m preparing to head out around the world, leaving in May 2018. Come follow along!

Heading to Mazatlan!

So after I made the decision to head back to Canada for the summer, I had to figure out where to put the boat. I ended up deciding on Mazatlan, the place just North of Banderas Bay where I met Emma a few months ago. To get there I had to head 160nm North, against the...

My dinghy got stolen

Last week, I woke up to find my dinghy had vanished in the middle of the night, leaving behind a neatly cut line. Listening on the radio it seems like the big catamaran next to me had woken up in the night due to their dogs barking to find someone standing in their...

Next steps and summer plans

I'm still in Banderas Bay, reading a lot, getting probably too much sun and swimming a bunch, but what's next? Well originally, I would have been heading off to French Polynesia around about now. This.... *drumroll* isn't going to happen this year. So why the change...

Chilling in Banderas Bay

After leaving Chacala Bay, it was a 40nm sail down to La Cruz, in Banderas Bay. We picked up my friend Mal and spent the next while hanging around the bay, sailing to Punta Mita (an anchorage 10 miles away from La Cruz, fishing and generally just CHILLING OUT. ...

Mazatlan and Isla Isabel

After arriving in Mazatlan I spent a couple of days in the marina, refueling, getting supplies and waiting for Emma to arrive. She arrived and we tried to leave to head to Isla Isabel (100nm to the south) - only to find the port was closed, meaning we had to stay an...

Crossing the Gulf of California

As mentioned in my last post, I was crossing the Gulf of California to Mazatlan, a ~200nm crossing. Looking at the winds I had guessed around 2 days and it was pretty much bang on, with me arriving into Mazatlan as the sun rose on the third day. The weather was good,...

Heading to Mazatlán on the mainland

NOTE: as those of you looking at the tracker would have realised, I've actually finished this crossing already (SPOILER: didn't die). I meant to post it before I left but the internet stopped working so close your eyes and pretend, thanks So after another week at La...

Happy New Year everyone!

Happy new year! I'm still in the La Paz area and have spent the last few weeks bumming around all the nearby bays etc with my friend Emilie, so not really much to report sailing-wise. Caught a bunch of fish including a monster 12lb black skipjack which made a lot of...

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