November Speaker: The Bjorklund Family
Each month CWB finds a speaker of wit and experience to talk about his or her special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to meet one another and the staff. The program runs from 7pm to 9pm, with opportunities to ask questions. November’s 3rd Friday lecture will be held on November 18th.
how to get where you are going without really planning
When we first met the Bjorklund family at a 3rd Friday presentation several years ago, they had just returned from a voyage to Alaska with their then-one-year-old twins, Odin and Lars. It was a carefully planned trip with some eye-opening adventures.
Fast forward: the twins are five and the family is setting out on another voyage – but with a slightly different perspective. How does a family, famous in their circles for planning everything they do, get the courage to untie the dock lines and go voyaging on their 32′ steel sailboat? By not making plans with any detail beyond their one-year time frame.
In August of 2015 s/v Yare left Seattle southbound for Mexico with a crew of four, including Tor and Jess Bjoprklund and the afore-mentioned five-year-old sons. In the course of a year, Yare and her crew cruised Mexico, made the long passage to Hawaii, cruised Hawaii and then made the long passage to Sitka, Alaska, returning to Seattle through the Inside Passage at the end of summer 2016.
Their successful strategy was to plan no more than a few weeks ahead, learn incrementally, and be completely honest with where everyone in the crew was in terms of comfort and competency levels, before making big itinerary plans. What resulted was an unforgettable and amazing family adventure, which Tor, Jess and the boys will share with our 3rd Friday audience.
The event is free (donations are welcome) and light refreshments will be available.