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

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. That one weekend sailing compelled me to pursue a Ph.d.. The research led to three progressively longer ocean voyages. The first was an overnight sail from Kauai to Honolulu. Next, a three week delivery from Honolulu to Seattle. Then, a six month passage from Australia to Hawaii via New Zealand, Cook Islands and Tahiti.  When I joined Captain Nancy Erley to teach women on ocean passages I never expected to sail around the world. One step, one passage, one year at a time - by the time I was 40, I'd sailed around the world.  

Here are a few photos from that journey. Click the arrow to view and be sure to read the captions. Forgive the graininess. Most of these photos are gifts from former crew and I'm grateful to each one.  

Find and read more stories about Kaci's ocean voyages on the blog by selecting CRUISING LIFE in the tag cloud on Connect page on this website.