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Books, talks, posts


Finding our way is part of the journey.

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Books, talks, posts


Finding our way is part of the journey.

Books, speaking, and photographs

Inspired by the wind, Kaci Cronkhite creates and shares stories wherever she goes

—on sojourns around the world. 

Kaci Cronkhite at her first book talk and signing, September 2016. 

Kaci Cronkhite at her first book talk and signing, September 2016. 

Presentations & Book signings

At bookstores, bookclubs, boating events, schools, retirement homes, professional associations, and libraries—Kaci has shared her stories in 26 states and 4 countries. Booking starts soon for 2018 and 2019. For information, contact.

New, expanded Finding Pax coming FALL 2018 from Bloomsbury!

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Finding PAX first edition, self-published by Kaci under the name of WindSpur Books, sold out in less than a year.

The expanded, 2nd edition, will be distributed worldwide by Bloomsbury Publishing in Fall 2018.

Daily photos with short, positive, inspiring words from the beautiful people, nature, and four-legged friends I meet along the way. -KC

Daily photos with short, positive, inspiring words from the beautiful people, nature, and four-legged friends I meet along the way. -KC

Photos & inspiration

Follow @kacicronkhite on Instagram, on Facebook, on Twitter @KCpax, and at Pinterest. For consulting project availability, see LinkedIn.

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Spidsgatter PAX


Spidsgatter PAX, built in Denmark 1936

Designed by MSJ Hansen and built by Karl Thomsen.

The only Danish spidsgatter this size in North America.

Spidsgatter PAX


Spidsgatter PAX, built in Denmark 1936

Designed by MSJ Hansen and built by Karl Thomsen.

The only Danish spidsgatter this size in North America.

Pax (peace in Latin) is a 28' double ender—45m2 spidsgatter in Danish classification. She was built in Kalundborg, Denmark, 1936. Those facts, along with almost 70 years of history in Denmark, Canada, and California were missing when, in 2007, Kaci Cronkhite (who "knew better than to buy a wooden boat") opened an email and fell in love. After a 6-month unexpected "haulout from hell" in Port Townsend she began a 7-year search that has been described as a love story, a quest, and an adventure.  Along the way, she met a mystery woman boatbuilder in Canada; a musician in Sausalito; learned of a tragic fire that nearly destroyed the boat in California; came up short in Los Angeles "where boats go to die"; and, met three generations of four owners' and the builder's families in Denmark. 

Finding PAX is the remarkable story of that quest. A new 2nd edition of the book will be released by Bloomsbury in Fall 2018! Until then, follow the latest news about Spidsgatter Pax on social media and sign up here for information on the book release and Upcoming Events

 

PAX is moored year-round at the Port of Port Townsend's Boat Haven Shipyard, B Dock.

Open daily for tours during the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

To see the boat at other times and locations, see Upcoming Events or contact Kaci.

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Career highlights & awards


Inspiring books & talks from a life in the wind

& around the world.

Career highlights & awards


Inspiring books & talks from a life in the wind

& around the world.

Prior to becoming a full-time author, Kaci Cronkhite's career spanned three decades of successful leadership in non-profit, university, research, and adult education organizations. Her life-long skills in writing and communication were bolstered by academic studies in business, social sciences, and cultural studies. She chose to complete a sailing circumnavigation of the world over the last six chapters of a Ph.D. in 1997. In 2001, she took the helm of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival where, for a decade, she grew and helped guide that beloved regional event to world-renown. A life-long traveler, she splits her time between a home in the canyons of Roman Nose State Park in Oklahoma, with Spidsgatter PAX in Port Townsend, Washington, and on writing sojourns with family, friends and colleagues around the world.

The dynamo behind the internationally respected Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival for ten years.
— Scott Wilson, editor Port Townsend Leader
Kaci is an excellent organizer, personable, capable and able to manage complex projects with calm thoroughness.
— Benjamin Mendolwitz, Marine Photographer
Your writing is beautiful, evocative and cleverly funny!”

”Appreciate your acknowledging we’re just like everyone else, in other words, unique.”

”Just want to tell you thank you. I knew our world was beautiful and looking at your posts has opened my eyes to a whole new world.
— Comments from online readers
She’s one of the pillars of our community here, certainly in Port Townsend and in the Northwest boating community. As a person she’s intelligent, she’s nice, she’s sensitive to people and she really tries as hard as she can to make it all work. She’s a pretty rare individual. The festival has this great energy and that totally comes from Kaci. She cares so much.
— Jake Beattie, Executive Director NWMC & WBF
Every aspect of this major event went from strength to strength under her expert - and calm - leadership.
— Stephen Gale, Haven Boatworks

Notable Accomplishments & Awards

  • Author: Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury Publishing, London. October 2017 Finding Pax: one woman's journey for the love of her wooden boat, Fall 2018. A second book, the prequel, will be available Fall 2019. 

  • Author/publisher: Windspur Books, Port Townsend, WA. August 2016. Self published Finding Pax: the unexpected journey of a little wooden boat. Sold out in less than a year. Picked up by Bloomsbury for 2nd edition, worldwide distribution.

  • A decade in executive leadership at non-profits The Wooden Boat Foundation & Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.

  • A decade ocean sailing on five different sailboats and one powerboat, including six years as full-time First Mate, relief Captain & instructor for Tethys Offshore during a world circumnavigation. Sailed over 62,000 miles in 34 countries. 

  • A decade as manager/director for education & marketing organizations in Alaska, Iowa and Oklahoma. Managed events, creative program teams, and international marketing campaigns for non-profits, universities and research clients. 

  • A childhood lived and writing life inspired on a fourth generation cattle ranch, the Cronkhite Ranch in northwest Oklahoma. 

  • Awards & references.  See LinkedIn: Kaci Cronkhite

  • Presentation samples

 


A life's work wherever the wind blows…. write on. 

- KC



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World Sailing Circumnavigation


World circumnavigation

1995-2001 

World Sailing Circumnavigation


World circumnavigation

1995-2001 

Capes are the poetic points of continents. Landmarks of legends. The focus of fears and goals to reach. Capes are the summits of our sailing souls.
— Kaci Cronkhite on TETHYS rounding Cape of Good Hope

How does a girl go from childhood on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma to sailing around the world?

The first time I stepped aboard a boat, I was 31.  The rocking motion felt like a horse. Things broke and I could fix them. And then, there was the wind. Always, the wind.

One sail led to pursuit of a Ph.d.. The doctoral research led to three progressively longer ocean voyages: an overnight sail from Kauai to Honolulu; a three-week delivery from Honolulu to Seattle; a six month passage from Australia to Hawaii via New Zealand, Cook Islands and Tahiti; and, in 1995 I joined Captain Nancy Erley on Tethys (a 38-foot custom fiberglass sloop) to teach women on long ocean passages.

I never expected to sail around the world, but before I was 40, I did. 

This is my next book, a prequel to Finding PAX, available worldwide from Bloomsbury, Fall 2019!