A little bit about the Salt and Trail blog, about me and about our boat…

About the Blog

In 2019 I made the decision to drop a number of hobbies and focus my energy on two: sailing and running. I would like to say that this was a very strategic decision driven by discipline and a desire for personal growth. The reality is that I had to train for a trail race and I couldn’t give up sailing.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how I got this point. I found that “activity downsizing” was really useful and writing and reflecting on it helpful too. So here we are…

About the Author

My name is Mike Barlow and I’m the main author of the blog. I’m not by any means an expert sailor or runner, just a person intrigued by the idea of getting better at both.

Over the years I have found that I learn best by doing something (usually badly) and then trying to explain it to myself, to my kids or to somebody else. Through that process I identify the gaps in my own understanding, which helps me understand what questions to ask. I think that’s where the idea of this blog began… trying to leverage the the “learning by explaining” loop.

About the Boat

In the fall of 2018 we purchased a 1969 Santana 37 that had been refitted by a retired engineer in Paulsbo.   Destiny II is a 37 foot sloop rigged boat with an ocean racing history.

The WD Schock company built 21 Santana 37s in the late sixties/early seventies. Destiny II is the second one made. She has a fiberglass hull, 37 hp Yanmar engine, thirty foot waterline and six foot draft.

The refit that she had covers all of the bases for sailing in the northern San Juan Islands, Puget Sound and Strait of Georgia. We have some small projects planned like upgrading the batteries, adding solar power etc. that I plan to cover in the blog.

Destiny II


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