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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 11:30
CCA BLUEWATER AWARD WINNER
Nancy Griffith's film “Following Seas”
Upcoming is a very unique program, a film entitled “Following Seas,” finally put together from the original 16 milimeter films left by Nancy Griffith after her final voyage in 2013. View the Film Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpm3yYrxJLE The film is 1 hour 24 minutes. Please watch for further information about meeting time.
Nancy and Bob Griffith circumnavigated aboard Awanee, a 57' Cutter, not once but three times. “Since 1959 this family has cruised over 170,000 miles. Notable voyages include the first Antarctic circumnavigation, the first windward (east to west) circumnavigation south of all continents, and a circumnavigation via the canals.”
Nancy and Bob wrote Blue Water, A Guide to Self Reliant Sailboat Cruising, 1979. After Awanee was wrecked in the Tuamotus. The family salvaged much of the rig and gear, shipped it to New Zealand and built an exact replica in ferrocement, and continued voyaging for another 15 years.
After Bob passed away in 1979, Nancy went on to bigger vessels and adventures, running cargo to the Cook Islands, first in the Edna, a gaff headed ketch of about 100 feet. Later, she ran a larger non sailing cargo ship among those islands, until she was destroyed when the gasoline cargo exploded!
Living in Hawaii, in the early days, Nancy ran a rough water sailing school, and then was a Kona Coffee farmer until her passing in 2013. “She was the Amelia Earhart of the ocean” said her stepdaughter, Marilyn Azevedo.
There is an informal six part interview of Nancy at a family reunion in her Kona home from 2012 available on YouTube: