Rough Night to Havana

Part 2: After a boisterous delivery from Pensacola to Key West, the author and two pals set off in his Catalina 31 with an organized rally to Cuba  (published January/February 2018) A blast from the air horn at 3 pm announced the start of the rally to Cuba, 97 miles across the Straits of Florida.

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Rough Passage to Havana

Part One: An American and two Russians get their boat and themselves ready for the fateful cruise to Cuba  (published November/December 2017) In the summer of 1958, my father and I had just finished watching the Miami Marlins defeat the Havana Sugar Kings in a Class AAA International League baseball game. As we were leaving

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Mahina Tiare Sails into the Med

From Lisbon on the Atlantic coast, they cruise to Gibraltar, the south of Spain and the Balearic Islands  (January/February 2018) Amanda and I had an excellent time in Cascais, Portugal, between Legs 4 & 5 with perfect weather for varnishing the toe rail and dodger trim for the first in a year and instead of

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Smith Island, The Chesapeake Bay, Is the Last Island Standing

(published November/December 2017) From the marina in Deltaville, VA on the Rappahannock River, we pounded upwind on Ukiyo, our Catalina 34, through small craft advisory waves, a “noser” as it’s called here. We were bound for Reedville, Virginia on an oppressively humid day. But for a lone tanker heading north, the central Chesapeake was ours.

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Lessons and Tales From the Cockpit

Gaining experience and learning from the experts while enjoying a 850-mile sail aboard Mahina Tiare III  (a photo essay)  (published November/December 2017) The first of July I was happily minding my own business when an email from John Neal of Mahina Expeditions came across my desk. “We are leaving in two weeks on Leg 4

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Time After Time

A concept that is both fixed and fluid aboard a cruising sailboat  (published November/December 2017) When I came on deck at 11 p.m. it was still light out. The spinnaker was drawing nicely and we were galloping westward at a cool 7 knots across the vast Gulf of Alaska. After completing all my typical ondeck

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Solar Survival

Bright ideas to keep you going in any situation  (published Nov/Dec 2017) Watching the drama unfold as hurricane after hurricane battered the Caribbean and Atlantic this season was horrifying. Broken boats, broken homes and broken dreams were the only thing that seemed to make the news for weeks. As sailors we may feel like we

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Stop and Go

Making tough decisions to keep the cruising life afloat  (published October 2017) Sitting on a pebble beach, I poked our fire with a stick while Jill and I discussed what our next moves were going to be. A deep fjord lay in front of us and jagged mountains shot up into the evening sky. With

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