PSCC February Meeting: Jim and Barbara Cole Cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

Jim and Barbara Cole own Complexity, a 36-foot Halberg Rassy. They sailed away from Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle on 21 June 2008 and have since been exploring the world from their boat. Complexity is enjoying a well deserved winter rest in a dry berth in Malta while they visit family and friends in the USA.

Barbara and Jim’s last PSCC presentation was about their passage from Southeast Asia to the Med via the Red Sea in 2020. They thought major challenges would be storms in the Indian Ocean, Somali pirates, uncharted reefs in the Red Sea, and crew relations on a tiny boat for such a long time. Instead, the biggest challenge was being “stranded at sea” for 78 days after all international borders along their route closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the PSCC meeting on 16 February 2024 Barbara and Jim will make a presentation about the next chapter of their cruising life. They spent the past three sailing seasons living and cruising in the eastern Med including Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, and Malta. They explored ashore from their boat in all of those countries plus England, Scotland, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, North. Macedonia, and Kosovo.

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!