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Craig Russell
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I have been a waterman since the age of three. I grew up swimming on a swim team on the east coast. My Dad had a small boat when I was a kid and we spent many a day on the Chesepeake Bay. For college, I moved west on a scholarship for swimming at UNLV. I had a great 4 years in Vegas and had a wonderful college experience with lots of travel and fun. Moved to Carmel after college and continued my surfing career in Carmel, Big Sur and Santa Cruz. Worked for Hyatt and hit the water every chance I could. Transferred to Palo Alto and continued surfing in Santa Cruz. Got hooked on windsurfing in 84 and started a windsurfing club called Windpower. Sailed like crazy on the SF bay until my son Connor arrived in 96. Slowed down and started sailing a Sunfish in Redwood Shores. Moved up to a sailing dory in 1999. The Hunky Dory took me all over and I mastered her on the lakes and sloughs of Fremont. Took her on the bay too. In late 2000, two friends and I purchased Addiction, a 1981 Newport 30 sailboat. We have sailed all over the bay over the last ten years and love this boat. One of my great pleasures in life is spending a day on the water. My dream is to sail to New Zealand with friends.
I have been a waterman since the age of three. I grew up swimming on a swim team on the east coast. My Dad had a small boat when I was a kid and we spent many a day on the Chesepeake Bay. For college, I moved west on a scholarship for swimming at UNLV. I had a great 4 years in Vegas and had a wonderful college experience with lots of travel and fun. Moved to Carmel after college and continued my surfing career in Carmel, Big Sur and Santa Cruz. Worked for Hyatt and hit the water every chance I could. Transferred to Palo Alto and continued surfing in Santa Cruz. Got hooked on windsurfing in 84 and started a windsurfing club called Windpower. Sailed like crazy on the SF bay until my son Connor arrived in 96. Slowed down and started sailing a Sunfish in Redwood Shores. Moved up to a sailing dory in 1999. The Hunky Dory took me all over and I mastered her on the lakes and sloughs of Fremont. Took her on the bay too. In late 2000, two friends and I purchased Addiction, a 1981 Newport 30 sailboat. We have sailed all over the bay over the last ten years and love this boat. One of my great pleasures in life is spending a day on the water. My dream is to sail to New Zealand with friends.

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Chilling in Santa Barbara
Greeting from sunny Santa Barbara.  We arrived Monday morning after an exciting sail around Pt Conception.  The breeze was in the low 20's most of the afternoon out of Morro Bay.  We hit the cape about 0100 and the wind and the waves were up.  A few waves h...
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Great Ride Thu Big Sur
We headed out of Monterey in hopes of seeing a whale or two.  We hit Big Sur and the wind picked up to 20 and more.  We had a wild ride thru the swells and a round up or two.  We arrived in Morro Bay at 0700 and found a spot at the Yacht Club.  Conditions l...
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Off to Monterey
We are currently in Santa Cruz after a 50 mile sail from HMB.  Today we have a quick 18 mike sail to Monterey.  Everything is working fine and we are getting along so well.  We had some 33 kt gusts coming down as well as some pretty big waves.  It was excit...
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A Note to Got Wind and Water Members
Hola to GWAW members, We depart on Monday for our adventure to Mexico.  We will spend two months heading down the coast with major stops in the Channel Islands and San Diego.  In November, we continue towards Cabo and then up the Sea of Cortez.  January wil...
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Monday Departure!
All the items on my todo list have been checked!  We provision on Saturday and load the boat on Sunday.  As the tide turns to ebb about 12 noon, we will slide out the Gate on Monday.  Bon Voyage to us!
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Down to the wire...two weeks to go.
The water maker has been installed and we plan to sail today!  Mike has arrived from NJ and we are pulling all the last minute items together.  We have a huge sailing weekend coming up.  Friday we will meet friends in Sausalito.  Saturday is a bon voyage sa...
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30 Days!
We depart in 30 days folks!  I have one last project that will be completed next week.  My crewmate Mike will be here for 2 weeks prior to launch so we can begin loading the boat with all our gear.  We will be blogging down the coast so tune in again soon!
30 Days!
30 Days!
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Rocks, Reefs and Small Islands, Oh My!
Here is a look at some of the hazards on the SF Bay.  Everytime we sail out of Emeryville, we have to deal with the dilapidated Berkeley Pier.  2.5 mile of a mainer's nightmare!  Here are some others: "Rockin" in the free Bay 9-11 minutes As printed in: Lat...
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Trip Update - 60 Days Until Departure
We set sails September 9th for Mexico from SF!!.  The boat is almost ready!  I have one more big project (water maker) and tons of little ones.  Last week, we finalized the last crew position.  I was back east and met with Mike and he is in for the 7 month ...
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Updated Trip Outline
Here is a more complete itinerary for our adventure to Mexico.
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