Shit happens….

August 16th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

I’m convinced that the person who came up with the phrase “shit happens” was a sailor, or perhaps a honey truck driver.  Motoring on the darkest night by far in near zero wind, the engine speed unexpectedly goes to idle.  This was accompanied by a increase in vibration.  Throttle back, transmission to neutral.  Throttle up, no RPM, no thrust, lots of vibration.  Check fuel – plenty of gas.  Hmmmmm.

Humans are very adept at detecting even small changes in frequencies. Old sailors, even ones in the deepest REM, snore-filled, hula girl dream sleep are hypersensitive to these things. Skipper is on deck before I can whisper WTF? to myself.  After the requisite smoke, he determined there must be some kind debris caught in the propeller and that I was to investigate in the morning.  Somehow, I don’t think it was fate that this occurred on my watch.  There was plenty of time for me to  envision hours of painstaking 30-second snatches of work under a rolling boat with a sharp knife in my hand.  As soon as I went over the side, it was clear what the problem was.  A portion of fishing net lodged itself on the strut just forward of the propeller.  I tugged a couple of times to no effect.  Returning with a knife, the entire mass just floated free before I could wield any damage.  It turns out the worst part was the anticipation.  The swim itself was quite pleasant and refreshing.

Just another day on Bequia ….

As we are traversing the largest garbage patch in the Pacific, it was inevitable that we encounter some of this up close and personal.

Light air

August 15th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

The last few days we’ve experienced lighter than desired wind as we are nearing the edge of the Pacific High.  It’s a windless, ever changing, amorphous blob smack in the middle of where we want to go.  Every return skipper studies the behavior of the High; where it goes, what shape is it and most importantly, how to get around it without going too far out of your way.  It doesn’t garner respect like a gale or a storm.  It’s more likely reviled because it takes your foot off the gas, takes your keys and doesn’t even call a cab.  For us sailors, its death.



August 14th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

Moon phases

We’ve lost the little sliver of a moon that has lit-up at least some of the evening and kept us company on watch.  Its been a welcome sight; a sort of confirmation that all is well.  A friend I guess.  We know this friend will be back – but when?  I have to admit I’m a little embarrassed that I can’t answer that question.  Nor can my moon-child wife.  Even skipper didn’t try bluff me on this one.

Bio luminescence

Many of you undoubtedly have experienced bio luminescence in the ocean.  Its the little flashes of light given off by the living organisms when they are disturbed.  You see it in crashing waves at the beach, in the wake of a boat or behind a speeding dolphin like a cosmic turbo exhaust.  Have you seen it when flushing the head?  Yup, its true.  Try it sometime.


At 7/28/2012 8:40 PM (utc) our position was 24°20.00′N 153°48.32′W


Rock n’ roll on board the Bequia

August 13th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

This morning Pam finally found her Ipod and we all rocked out to Bruce Springsteen and other classic rock artists.  It was a nice change from the boat sounds of the last four days.  Yea boat sounds like the squeeky halyard that, under the right waves sounded like a grossly out of tune string instrument.  Or the single sideband radio receiving weather faxes that me think of the emergency alert message we hear on the FM radio at home.  Lately we’ve been treated to the sounds of slatting sails as the wind has dropped considerably.  This was followed by the lawn mower-in-the-living-room sound of the diesel engine.  As much as I make light of these Sounds, I’ll take any of these to the Noise of traffic, sirens or the window rattling rap bass of the local ‘hood.  Its all relative I guess …


At 7/28/2012 8:40 PM (utc) our position was 24°20.00′N 153°48.32′W



Tres continued…..

August 13th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

Good things come in threes.  In this case, the third day for Bequia and crew came together nicely.  Both wind and sea moderated, with spirits high.  The favorite for us though is the evening.  I’m not sure if being Moon Children has anything to do with it, but we both prefer this quieter time.  Its kind of sappy, but stars, moon and a boat moving along quietly under sail is special – until the autopilot wind shift alarm loudly snaps us back to reality …

Strategy plays a part in a voyage like this.  The obvious being where to put the boat to get the best combination of wind and sea state to hit our destination.  There are other less obvious but equally important ones like, where to hide that special treat so that Hoover (me) doesn’t find it.  Pam is a world class Hoover Hider.

The lighter side: I am always reminded of Erma Bombeck and her outlook on everyday life. She has guided me through many a “trying” moment.  Yes ladies, I was once again under the weather the first two days, thinking it would be better to be thrown overboard than to live through another day.  I somehow managed to get through my watches, and stayed up top for a whole day and a half.  Through that all, there were the dolphins keeping me company at night, giving me reason to smile and know I would make it to day three.  It’s a good thing we had some pre-cooked meals.  Well, off to take my bath.  Pampers sensitive wipes have become my favorite.  ttfn… The Cookie


At 7/28/2012 8:40 PM (utc) our position was 24°20.00′N 153°48.32′W

Bequia update!

August 11th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

Tres. As in three. Tres compadres on our third day. The excitement of our departure and the pain of days uno & dos are a memory. We left Kaneohe Yacht Club at 11:30 AM HST to cheers of a few geckos. Even the kids in sailing camp were too preoccupied with assembling their laser dinghys to notice the big white boat moving from the dock. Slowly, one by one competitors in the Pacific Cup are departing for the west coast. Bequia was one of four or so remaining boats. On our way out we passed Hula Girl, distinctly lacking the top half of her mast. Apparently a victim of rough seas and perhaps rough handling by her crew. For those not familiar with Kaneohe, it sits adjacent to Kaneohe Air Station, a very active base for Navy P-3 sub hunters among many other types of aircraft. Its always fun to get buzzed by whatever the military has in the air that day. Our planned course is due north but with the combination of wind angle, sea state and our queasy stomachs, our actual course was a more friendly NNE. The waster around the islands is notoriously rough and it proved to be true for us. Short period waves of 5 to 8 feet and wind in the low twenties had us haulin’ ass on a bronco. We tend to forget the hard times on these trips, but the previous two days bought back the memories last time we sailed here. Gaining our sea legs takes a while. Gaining our appetite back takes a bit longer. It all come together today, day three for tres compadres.

Stay tuned……

Harbor on Day 1

Bequia is heading back!

August 9th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

Received the call yesterday that all was well and that the Bequia was heading back to the Mainland! Here are some pics from the Marina in Hawaii right before they launched.

The Bequia

Pam at the dock getting set to launch in a few hours

At the harbor, beautiful day to set sail!

2012 Pacific Cup

August 7th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

Hello again sailing fans!

We will be updating you again this year on Roger and Pam’s adventures sailing from Hawaii back to San Francisco. This is the place to come and view updates and images of their trip that will begin this Wednesday, August 8th and taking anywhere from 14-22 days to return.

Below is the link to the Pacific Cup website where you can look for the TRACKER.  It will show the boats and their positions as they return to the West Coast. It won’t be there now as the race is still on.  Bequia is the boat they will be returning on. There will be a link at the top of the tracker page that should look like this:

To view the tracker page for boats returning to the West Coastclick here

The link to the Pac Cup website:


Fueling up for launch!

Fueling-up for our trip, August 7, 2012




International Sportsmen’s Expositions

January 19th, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

This week in Sacramento is the International Sportsman’s Expositions at Cal Expo….I’ll be attending, looking for new and interesting outdoor adventures for our AdventureSports Directory.

Read more about the show-

International Sportsmen’s Expositions (ISE) produces America’s premier fishing, hunting, outdoor and travel shows. ISE sportsmen’s shows provide a profitable show tour for our nearly 1600 exhibiting companies, and an annual, unforgettable outdoors-indoors experience for 150,000 show attendees in four western states. Typical exhibitors found at ISE sportsmen’s shows are leading fishing and hunting gear manufacturers, fishing and hunting guides, adventure travel resorts and lodges from nearby the event and around the world. Outdoor sports companies participating in ISE marketing events sell their products and services to targeted, qualified and enthusiastic fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation consumers.

Giving thanks

November 22nd, 2011 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

Dear Friends,

As we all prepare our homes and harvests for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’d like to pause for a moment to give a special and heartfelt thanks to our clients.

You are receiving this message because you have been part of our Adventure Sports/OutdoorMind family this past year. We sincerely appreciate your business and support

As part of the Thanksgiving tradition of sharing with family and friends for what we are grateful, we invite you, as a member of our Adventure Sports/OutdoorMind family, to share with us what you are most thankful for this year.

We welcome your comments on our Facebook page or you can tag Adventure Sports or OutdoorMind in a comment on your own page.

Happy Thanksgiving,

The OutdoorMind Team






People Behind the Scene

March 29th, 2011 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

People Behind The Scenes

Terri Berbena-U’Ren~

I have now been with the company since 1998, 12 years! I can’t believe how much change has taken place over the years and I am always humbled by the clients who have literally been with us since those first few years in the late ’90′s!

My passion is still customer service and working with clients one on one to create beautiful, well thought out, and beneficial websites. My duties most days include some administrative work, marketing our own brands, keeping up with the latest and greatest, enews blasts, an occassional glance at my Facebook page, proposals and much more…basically wearing multiple hats just like you do. That’s why we understand you so well!!!

My day begins with a 7-minute commute to our new downtown office in the heart of Sacramento, CA. I loved working from home, but it was time to relocate the desk…besides downtown Sacramento is in the heart of the business district with lots of cafes, and parks all within walking distance. I plan on commuting by bike as soon as spring arrives!!

Spare time is still spent cycling and soccer, my favorite sports! Rafting, of course, is high up on the list as well, just not able to get out on the river as often as I’d like to.

I have two adult children, Morgan and Christopher, and a little princess of a grandaughter, Jenna.

Layne Evans~

Also a long time member of Adventure Sports / OutdoorMind, Layne became my business partner in 2007.

He does like to stay behind the scenes, but he really loves to chat with clients, especially when there is an issue to troubleshoot…that is where he shines!

Assorted Support Staff and Contractors (which we could not do without their support!)

There’s Sammy who lives up in Eugene,OR…a master at WordPress, SEO, MTN Biking and just a great guy to hang out with.

Miriam is the programming wizard of our family, living part of the year here in California, and the other in Moab. She and her pal Molly, the puppy, love to go GEO Caching, and Molly is an agility dog extraordinair!

New to the team are Arthur and Maureen. Their talents can be viewed in three new website projects launching spring 2011.

Last but not least are Gary and Shay.

Gary brings to us his exhuberant personality and passion for anything Social Media related, and you’ll see his work on our Facebook and Twitter posts.

Shay is 6’4″ (or thereabouts, really he is just very tall), and his ability to work up and anylize a mean SEO Benchmark Report is amazing…this guy just loves reports and spreadsheets, a real bonus and addition to the team!!!


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