The Maiden Voyage

Hong Kong to the Philippines in the ongoing saga of the new Kraken 66 White Dragon's maiden voyage from China to Gibraltar (published March 2018) We were finally ready to leave Hong Kong on the Kraken 66 flagship White Dragon’s 18,000-mile voyage to Gibraltar. We were a couple of days later than intended, but that’s

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Circumnavigating Denmark in Six Weeks

With a changing cast of crew, the skipper of Skylark, sails up the North Sea from Holland to Sweden, down the Baltic Sea to Germany and home through the Kiel Canal (published March 2018) Every summer, my teenage sons have six-week summer holidays allowing me and my 1973 Pearson 36, Skylark to visit more distant

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Cruising the Windward Islands

From Antigua south to Grenada, the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles offer near-perfect cruising without the crowds (published June/July 2018) The islands of the Eastern Caribbean form a graceful arc from Puerto Rico south to Trinidad, close to Venezuela. The Leeward Islands run from Anguilla to Dominica and the Windward Islands from Martinique to

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Maverick’s Atlantic Adventure Last Blog

Landfall in Cowes after 3,100 Miles from Newport The sun was just rising as we closed in on the Needles, those chalky, wave-worn cliffs that mark the western entrance to the Solent, the Isle of Wight and Cowes, which marked the end of our 3,100-mile transatlantic passage aboard Maverick. For all of us onboard, rising

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Maverick’s North Atlantic Adventure: Blog 6

1255 Miles to Landfall: Gray Days, Spicy Curry, Easy Boat Handling and Whale Sighting Thursday morning started early with a fully overcast sky and fog for the third day in a row. The fair southwest wind and current that we have been enjoying started to veer to the west and northwest and with it came

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Maverick’s Atlantic Adventures: Day 5

Newport, RI to Cowes, England: Now 896 miles from Newport, RI, and south of the Grand Banks, this is not the North Atlantic we imaged…are we headed to England or Antigua? Yesterday morning (Saturday June 30), something unusual happened that tells you precisely the puzzlement we are all experiencing regarding the weather we are having

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Sailing to the Revolution: Part Two

It was 1958 when the Florman family sailed from Florida to Cuba and then Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In Part One, in March BWS, they visited Cuba just as the revolution was starting  (published April 2018) Our crossing of the 50-mile-wide Windward Passage between Cuba and Hispaniola provided us with our next overnight sail.

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Sailing to the Revolution

Part One: Looking back at a family cruise that took them straight into the Cuban revolution  (published March 2018) Flying fish and flying spray were keeping my dad from lighting the cigarette he so fervently desired. “Nils Jr., can you please pass me up a lit cigarette?” he yelled down the main hatch of our

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Bahama Bound or Bust

A hurried finish to a refit, a new captain and mate, an owner who wanted his catamaran out of New England in late November and in the Bahamas for the holidays: what could possibly go wrong?  (published January/February 2018) Methodical and timely refits are the preferred way of getting things done on boats before they’re

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