Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day at the Dock

This weekend, BYC went to Napa Yacht club. It is one of our favorite cruises, but we are still dock bound. It was cold and foggy most of the weekend in Emeryville. The sun peeked out around 10:00 on Monday morning. We went to dinner on Saturday evening with BYC friends, and took a couple of long walks, and an evening dinghy ride around the marina, but spent most of our time onboard working. Russ is almost finished rebuilding the engine. It looks shiney and new. We'll turn the key next weekend and hope the engine fires up.

While Russ worked on the engine, I spent my time studying for the general Ham license, lots of memorization of stuff I will probably never apply. Back to work tomorrow. It's getting more difficult to go back each week when our minds are already becoming increasingly invested in getting ready for our voyage. Only 29 more work days for me!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Signed Up for the Baja Ha-Ha!

We're all signed up. Russ and I sat down and filled out the registration last night. I started filling out the registration last Saturday, 1 day after the opening day and was already boat 41! Somehow I accidentally closed the browser and thought I lost everything. Fortunately, the Baja registration captured the first page even though I had not finished the process. Our sailing pals Marcia and Dave, currently in Mexico on SV Juniata, will be taking the bus north and crewing with us from San Diego to LaPaz. We are looking forward to their company and veteran expertise.

We got our Portabote and engine last week. We got the aluminum "silver" color. I was really torn between the "silver" or the cream color which would have matched our boat better, but ...the bottom of the boat is cream too....thought it would show too many scuffs and stuff.

Russ and I pried open the "little clam" in our garage last night. Fortunately, it came with a little notched board to keep the two sides opened until the seats were installed. It was like prying the jaws of an alligator open and keeping them open with a stick. We breathed a sigh of relief when the first seat was installed. The boat was a little stiff but went together pretty well. Not sure how we will do this on the big boat after a voyage. We'll have to practice, but it has been assembled on smaller boats than ours. The next adventure will be collapsing it, taking it out to the lake on a summer evening, prying it open again, and trying out the motor and oars.