November Meeting: Hard Lessons Learned from Ocean Cruising by David Content & Roslyn Steward

Ros and David will tell stories from dropping the anchor to the helicopter hoist and the practices they have learned to try to stay out of trouble.

The meeting will be held at our new location at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. Zoom is also available for those unable to attend in-person.

David and Roslyn started sailing together in 2011 on the 2nd Barefoot, a 43ft custom-built aluminum sloop, designed by Angelo Lavranos and built by Dearden Marine in Gibsons, British Columbia.

David has ocean-sailed more than 110,000 nm over the last 30 years in the North and South Pacific, including high latitude sailing in Chile, Fjiordland and Stewart Is. New Zealand and Tasmania, crossing Bass Strait six times.

Roslyn started sailing in Australia 40 years ago. She has ocean-sailed about 45,000nm over the last 30 years, in the North and South Pacific and North Atlantic. Roslyn sailed and lived aboard her cruising yacht in Darwin Australia and in Papua New Guinea for 6 years.

On this cruise they departed Shilshole in September 2011 sailing down the coast, through Mexico to the Galapagos. From there to the Austral Islands, then north to the Society Islands, then NW to Pukapuka in the northern Cook Islands. From there to American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand. They circumnavigated New Zealand, and sailed north to the islands each season, spending the annual cyclone seasons in Australia or New Zealand.

From March 2020 they were restricted to New Zealand with the onset of Covid, along with many international sailboats. In June this year David, with one crew, sailed directly from New Zealand to Port Angeles, with a 4-day refueling stop in Fiji, an approximately 7,200nm passage.


Meetings are held every third Friday of the month at the Puget Sound Yacht Club. The meeting is open to all, but we do ask for a $5 donation at the door to help pay for the venue and club expenses. Zoom attendees can make a donation by Paypal or credit/debit card here. We look forward to seeing you there!