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Pacific Solo
May 16, 2024
Pacific Solo

Pacific Solo

Hi, I`m Lowell, a 67-year-old rookie sailor, and a never-too-later! I preparing myself for the biggest challenge of my life: a solo journey across the North Pacific. I am a Canadian living in Japan, and in 2019, I purchased Wahine, a 1988 Gib Sea 402. I moved on board while she was moored in Tokyo. In March 2021, I terminated my contract with the Marina and have been cruising Japan full time since gaining valuable experience all the while working remotely from the boat. Wahine is my home, my studio, and my lab.

Join me on my learning voyage around Japan, trying to prepare myself for Pacific Solo.
If you want to see where I am please go to my website and click on the Where`s Wahine Button at https://www.pacificsolo.com

Also, if you are a fellow never-too-later check out www.nevertoolateacademy.com

PSThe History Channel asked if they follow me into various remote ports for a new series called Dare to Dream. The pilot airs in Japan July 24th at 8pm.

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Keeping the cats and rats away #monkeysspinningmonkeys #boatlife #nevertoolateacademy
Keeping the cats and rats away #monkeysspinningmonkeys #boatlife #nevertoolateacademy
Published: May 16, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:45
Navigating the Unexpected and Saying Goodbye! Hawaii to Japan Part 2
Navigating the Unexpected and Saying Goodbye! Hawaii to Japan Part 2
Seasickness, compounded by a potentially fatal complication, compelled an abrupt emergency diversion. As it turns out the island we made it after battling into the wind and the waves for ten hours, hold`s special signifiance and provided a unique opportuni...
Published: May 12, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:49
What Happened?  Emergency diversion to Kauai
What Happened? Emergency diversion to Kauai
Join Tyler, Julia and Lowell on YouTube Live as they share the details of having to make an emergency stop in Kauai during their 35-40 day crossing from Honolulu to Japan. They'll share their story and answer questions from the audience.
Published: Apr 26, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:01:12:24
Pacific Solo Live Stream
Pacific Solo Live Stream
Published: Apr 26, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:00
Incredible Sailing Adventure: Hawaii to Japan Part 1
Incredible Sailing Adventure: Hawaii to Japan Part 1
Join Tyler, Julia and I on board an Ingrid 38, on an epic voyage as we sail from Hawaii to Japan, a journey spanning 35-40 days across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Follow our adventures on YouTube at @sailingramona and @pacificsolo as we share ...
Published: Apr 19, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:25
48 hours to go!  #boatlife #adventureawaits
48 hours to go! #boatlife #adventureawaits
I moved on board Ramona Rae last night. Check out @SailingRamona We had dinner with MJ and Adam last night who are embarking on their own adventure in a few days time as they fly to Sweden and take possession of their new boat a Hallberg-Rassey. Check ...
Published: Apr 16, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:37

Watch Pacific Solo From The Beginning!

Captain’s Log – 08/09/2019 – Trouble with the main sail!
Captain’s Log – 08/09/2019 – Trouble with the main sail!
www.pacificsolo.com Keel Club Founding Member: Harry A. Hill / Better U http://better-u.co.jp/ufc-gym/
Published: Aug 11, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:26
I Just Bought a Boat and this Happened!
I Just Bought a Boat and this Happened!
I could not believe it. I had only just bought Wahine a few weeks before and my gear box went. The realities of being a boat owner I suppose. This was just the start of a series of setbacks. Can I keep going. www.pacificsolo.com Keel Club Founding Me...
Published: Aug 11, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:34
TOP 10 Questions I’m Asked About Pacific Solo
TOP 10 Questions I’m Asked About Pacific Solo
Got any questions I haven't answered? Leave me a comment, and I'll do my best to answer there -- or maybe in another video! For now here are the top ten thus far 1. Do you know how to sail? Just a little. I have loved sailing lasers (fast dinghies, kinda)...
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:38
This Guy just bought his first boat and he’s on a steep learning curve!
This Guy just bought his first boat and he’s on a steep learning curve!
I had only owned her for one month when we had to pull her out of the water for one month. I was stuck sleeping in my car. Finally, she's back in her berth. But will she be there for long...? Thank you to the Keel Club Founding Members: Harry A. Hill / B...
Published: Sep 09, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:48
MY PROPELLER FELL OFF! – Is it bad luck or good fortune?
MY PROPELLER FELL OFF! – Is it bad luck or good fortune?
Another setback that was a big surprise! This could keep me out of the water and prevent me from practicing my sailing for weeks. Such is the life of boat ownership. The good news... I'm learning more about the boat each day. I've jotted down my thoughts ...
Published: Sep 09, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:27
My quest to solo-sail the North Pacific: Pacific Solo
My quest to solo-sail the North Pacific: Pacific Solo
Hi, I'm Lowell. My journey is just beginning. I have a lot to learn, and it's scary, but my goal is to traverse the North Pacific by myself on my sailboat SV Wahine. Most importantly, my target along the way is to pass through what I am calling "Nemo North...
Published: Oct 04, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:53
Typhoon Hagibis: Weathering the Storm
Typhoon Hagibis: Weathering the Storm
I batten down the hatches for typhoon Hagibis, the most powerful storm to hit the Kanto region of Japan since 1958. You can also read some of my thoughts in my blog here: https://www.pacificsolo.com/blog/2019/the-storm Thank you to the Keel Club Founding...
Published: Oct 14, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:31
License Fail? I Got My Boat License In Japan!
License Fail? I Got My Boat License In Japan!
After some knocks, I finally have some good news! Hopefully this is the start of getting back onto the water. Finally, on my third attempt for my Class 1 License, I made it! Now, I can legally leave Japan's shores as the Class-One License allows me to go ...
Published: Nov 22, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:54
Captain’s Log — 11/15/2019 — Meet Skylie!  (pacific solo)
Captain’s Log — 11/15/2019 — Meet Skylie! (pacific solo)
There's a member of the family who hadn't met Wahine yet, and boy did she take to it quickly! Meet the captain's best friend: Skylie. Blog post here: https://www.pacificsolo.com/blog/2019/skylie Thank you to the Keel Club Founding Members: Harry A. Hi...
Published: Dec 03, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:00
New Propeller. The Old One Fell Off!
New Propeller. The Old One Fell Off!
We're finally back in the water! Whew...what a journey! But it hasn't been all bad. There is definitely a silver lining to behold, and it sure feels good to be able to take Wahine back into open water.
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:06
Captain’s Log  — 12/25/2019 — Merry Christmas!
Captain’s Log — 12/25/2019 — Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! It's been a spectacular year. Here's to 2020! Support Pacific Solo on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/pacificsolo Thank you to the Keel Club Founding Members: Harry A. Hill / BetterU Tokyo Supercars...
Published: Dec 25, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:49
Captain’s Log — 01/01/2020 — It’s 2020! Happy New Year!
Captain’s Log — 01/01/2020 — It’s 2020! Happy New Year!
I finished the year out with a nice solo sail. There is a lot to be thankful for, and 2019 was a year of accomplished goals. Thank you to all who helped me get to where I am, and I am incredibly grateful for the support. May 2020 be a great year to us all!...
Published: Jan 01, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:37
Captain’s Log — 02/03/2020 — How am I paying for all of it?
Captain’s Log — 02/03/2020 — How am I paying for all of it?
This is undoubtedly one of the most burning questions on people's mind: How am I paying for the boat and funding the preparations for the trip? The short answer is that I have received a tremendous amount of support! The long answer? Well, you'll have to ...
Published: Feb 04, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:57
Captain’s Log — 02/14/2020 — The First Sails of 2020
Captain’s Log — 02/14/2020 — The First Sails of 2020
Late January we were blessed with two gorgeous days perfect for sailing. I was joined on Wahine by a few great friends. We had some waffles, some very interesting conversation, and most of all, a lot of fun! Support Pacific Solo on Patreon here: https://...
Published: Feb 15, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:04
Captain’s Log — 03/15/2020 — A Look Back at 2020
Captain’s Log — 03/15/2020 — A Look Back at 2020
2020 has been quite an adventure so far to say the least. Here's a recap of my February. This video marks the last episode of "Season 1" of Pacific Solo's YouTube series. Please like, subscribe, and hit that bell icon for the upcoming Season 2, where I'l...
Published: Mar 20, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:13
Pondering Life During the COVID-19 Crisis covid19
Pondering Life During the COVID-19 Crisis covid19
Nemo North is a place where I want to go to ponder profound themes: the meaning of life, the future of our planet, and the role of the human species. Quite unexpectedly, and in a way that was not welcome, I am experiencing a Nemo-North moment now. And desp...
Published: Mar 25, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:12
Pacific Solo — Season 02, Episode 01: March and the Quest for Blue Water
Pacific Solo — Season 02, Episode 01: March and the Quest for Blue Water
It's a new season for Pacific Solo, and the coming episode will follow me in my quest for readying myself and Wahine for blue water sails. There is a lot of work ahead, and I hope you join me on the adventure. This first episode introduces where I can cu...
Published: Apr 02, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:18
Pacific Solo — Season 02, Episode 02: Into April and the Furler Saga (Part 1)
Pacific Solo — Season 02, Episode 02: Into April and the Furler Saga (Part 1)
Well, this may very well be the end of my journey with Wahine. An issue with the furler has me up against a wall, and I got to a pretty low point. Perhaps there is a silver lining? Support Pacific Solo on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/pacificso...
Published: Apr 15, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:15
Captain’s Log — 04/30/2020 — 3 Tips for Solo Life
Captain’s Log — 04/30/2020 — 3 Tips for Solo Life
Part of my journey will not only being prepared physically and ensuring that Wahine is in proper working order, but also to mentally prepare. A large part of the mental readiness will be coping with the loneliness and difficulties of prolonged isolation wh...
Published: May 01, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:00
The Furler Saga (Part 2) wahine
The Furler Saga (Part 2) wahine
I returned from Nagoya with the furler and my tail between my legs: no luck fixing it. I did, however, manage to clean out some of the insides and get it re-installed. And as usual, there is a silver lining! (You'll just have to watch to find out!) Also,...
Published: May 02, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:03
Pacific Solo — Season 02, Episode 04: Beyond Tokyo Bay
Pacific Solo — Season 02, Episode 04: Beyond Tokyo Bay
With marinas closed to outside vessels due to social distancing measures and health concerns, my destination options have been somewhat limited. However, there is a perfect cove southwest of Tokyo Bay that provides the opportunity to moor to a buoy and mai...
Published: May 15, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:21
Installing a Hydrovane #solosailor #selfsteering #DIY
Installing a Hydrovane #solosailor #selfsteering #DIY
I am a step closer to my goal of sailing solo across the Pacific. I've completed the installation of new and permanent crew member "Skylie II," my new hydrovane. The hydrovane will act similar to an autopilot, and is a relatively simple device that frees m...
Published: Jun 03, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:08
Sailing with the Hydrovane — Pacific Solo — Season 2, Episode 6
Sailing with the Hydrovane — Pacific Solo — Season 2, Episode 6
Last episode, I installed Skylie 2, my new hydrovane and permanent "crew member." I have had a chance to take Wahine out a few more times, and I have to say, the hydrovane is fantastic! I'm looking forward to even more time with Skylie 2 (named after my be...
Published: Jun 16, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:48
Annivesary Boat Tour of my  sailboat
Annivesary Boat Tour of my sailboat
It's the one-year anniversary of me taking possession of SV Wahine and formally starting off on this journey called Pacific Solo. What a ride it's been so far! And I realized that I haven't given you all a boat tour yet. So, without further ado, I give y...
Published: Jul 02, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:46
Three tips: my first Kickstarter Campaign for my sailing channel
Three tips: my first Kickstarter Campaign for my sailing channel
Hi! I'm continuing, separate from Season 2, the Pacific Solo Captain's Log, where I will record and upload simple videos about what I am learning. This week I have three tips for those who are thinking of launching their own Kickstarter Campaign. I've ju...
Published: Jul 07, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:23
It`s Never too Late . . . Prepping for a  Sailing Journey
It`s Never too Late . . . Prepping for a Sailing Journey
Well, I find myself feeling a bit nervous at the moment ... However, I've always found that "leveling up" in life requires breaking free of my comfort zone and confronting any trepidation head on. Preparation and readiness are vastly important -- and shoul...
Published: Jul 16, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:15
No More Rain! Sailing and A Few Fails  ( imovie  sailboat )
No More Rain! Sailing and A Few Fails ( imovie sailboat )
This day did not go as I expected, but I am always grateful for the lessons learned. And there were three of them, to be exact! Thanks to Patron Robin Mah for the additional footage of me climbing the mast and trying to attach the rudder. And yes, next tim...
Published: Jul 20, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:39
Happy Ocean Day!   (My first imovie)
Happy Ocean Day! (My first imovie)
Its Marine Day in Japan or (海の日, Umi no Hi). ( i just used imovie for the first time) You can read more about it`s history and significance here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Day We used to put a message in a bottle but now the bottle has b...
Published: Jul 22, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:48
Finally! Going sailing Beyond Tokyo Bay. here is the  sailing vlog
Finally! Going sailing Beyond Tokyo Bay. here is the sailing vlog
Finally, after 13 months and many ups and downs, I've set off for deeper waters beyond Tokyo Bay. With the help of my crew, we cleaned and prepped the boat, then set off. Our first day had great weather with light wind. We went along at a leisurely pace. ...
Published: Aug 02, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:49
A Preview of My 8-Day Coastal Cruise — Sailing Area 1 — Aug. 08, 2020
A Preview of My 8-Day Coastal Cruise — Sailing Area 1 — Aug. 08, 2020
I'm freshly back from my 8-day sailing trip along the Japanese coast and am happy to report that it was wonderful. I was able to gain valuable training and experience for my eventual solo-sail across the Pacific -- a great step in my journey. Also, a big,...
Published: Aug 08, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:49
Sailing to Oshima, Japan: Home of Godzilla! travel vlog
Sailing to Oshima, Japan: Home of Godzilla! travel vlog
Day two of my 8-day cruise, we left Misaki and were gone with the wind, reaching a milestone in my sailing journey: Oshima Island! The cruise was amazing, and we sailed most of the way with a wing on wing configuration. Located off the coast of Japan, Os...
Published: Aug 16, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:39
Never Too Late! How to Change the Course of Your Life Introduction
Never Too Late! How to Change the Course of Your Life Introduction
Considering changing the course of your life? Well, it is never too late. Let me repeat that. It's. Never. Too. Late. In case you don't know me, my name is Lowell Sheppard and this is something I've done more than once. For the first of this series, I'll ...
Published: Aug 21, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:43
Cruising  Coastal Waters  summer sailing fun
Cruising Coastal Waters summer sailing fun
On day three of my blue-water adventure, we left Oshima Island and set sail for Hota, which is on the Eastern side of Tokyo Bay and Western coast of the Chiba Peninsula. After about a 7-hour cruise, we stopped and practiced anchoring and swam in the deep t...
Published: Sep 04, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:50
Big News! I am sailing solo sooner! sailing vlog
Big News! I am sailing solo sooner! sailing vlog
Special Episode: I have moved up the date of my departure onboard SV Wahine for my solo voyage across the North Pacific from Japan to Canada to late spring 2021! Why? Times and circumstances have changed. Given so many changing realities, I have decide...
Published: Sep 08, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:19
Sailing from Hota to Tokyo Bay and Bay Cruising
Sailing from Hota to Tokyo Bay and Bay Cruising
My quest for deeper water came to an end, and I sailed from Hota back to Yuminoshima Marina in Tokyo Bay, leaving in the wee hours of the day under the still of darkness. Once back in harbor, I was able to make some repairs and take Wahine out with friend...
Published: Sep 16, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:00
Climbing the Mast Solo!  ( single handed sailing )
Climbing the Mast Solo! ( single handed sailing )
Welcome to "Captain`s Learning Log." Before I bought Wahine, I had many fears. Two of them were of going below and under, and the other was going above and over. The ATN Mastclimber helped me conquer one of those fears, and it enables me to go up alone, w...
Published: Sep 22, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:52