Hyer family to set sail from San Diego to New Zealand


March 30, 2023

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hyer

The Hyer family bought their catamaran, Terikah, a year ago in San Diego, their port of departure. They've made several trips to get the boat ready for their long awaited family trip across the Pacific Ocean. Jen Hyer says, "We've come to realize that planning for a trip of this magnitude is a lot of work!"

On September first Dr. Jennifer (Jen) Hyer will begin an eighteen month sabbatical from the Petersburg Medical Center to sail from San Diego to New Zealand with her family.

When she and her husband, Chris Hyer, first started dating twenty-seven years ago, Chris gave Jen the book "Dove," about a boy who sailed around the world, and told her it was a dream of his. She was immediately on board and boats have been a constant in their lives ever since.

Their first home together was a 30' Sundowner Tug on the Columbia River while Jen was in medical school in Portland, Oregon. When she received her F...

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