World sailing circumnavigator, Oklahoma cowgirl, and decade-long Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival director, Kaci Cronkhite knew better than to buy a wooden boat. But, in 2007, when the curvy Danish double-ender, PAX, appeared in her email inbox, she fell in love.
What transpired over the next 7-years, during a passionately determined search to restore the boat’s lost history is a journey that took her—on multiple trips—to the harbors, archives, boatyards, and homes of descendants of or former owners in Denmark, California, and British Columbia. Finding PAX has been called a love story, a quest, an international mystery. Reviews call it “a story of discovery and reconnection like no other.” The writing “is poetic, spare, and full of wisdom.” “It is destined to take its place in modern wooden boat classics.” But, it is far more than just a story of a wooden boat. Kaci’s search connected generations to history of their ancestors that was lost.
During her talk, Kaci will share tales of the story behind the story—including the boat’s journey through pre-WWII Europe—read from the newly released book, and answer questions. “By finding her story, you’ve given us ours,” said the granddaughters of Pax’s builder, Karl Thomsen, who built the boat in 1936. If there’s time, she may also read an excerpt from the prequel, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea,” also published by Adlard Coles in London (Fall 2019).
Join us at Jamestown Library, October 27th, 3:30-5:00. Books will be available for sale and make excellent gifts for family and friends.