We began the year with the 'Boxing the Compass' ceremony. In this traditional ceremony, on New Year's Day, a bunch of boats go out to a chosen location and per signals over the marine radio face north together, then do everyone does a shot of some kind of horrible Norwegian liquor, then repear for east, south, and west.

This year we attended aboard Sea Dog. Sea Dog is for sale, and this will be Les' last year of yachting. He says he's too old for boating. He's 87.