Ten Years After

What Worked, What Didn't  (published October 2017) After 10 years of cruising, we aren’t going home any time soon. We are on our way across the Indian Ocean to South Africa; then, Tierra Del Fuego has an enticing tone. Along the way we are still finding some things that work and some that don’t. 1)

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Black Sands, Black Magic

Vanuatu by Sail  (published October 2017) Since we left Panama and started sailing west across the Pacific it has felt like we were twenty years too late. Paddles had been abandoned for outboards, dugout canoes had been replaced by sleek fiberglass skiffs. Few were the opportunities to trade and those who did offer fruit wanted

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Sailing Sabbatical

Why I decided to sail around the world after college graduation  (published October 2017) Senior year of college is a poignant time, filled with nostalgia and excitement about the future, but it is also very stressful. Professors, friends, strangers, and most relentlessly, parents, anyone who knows you are about to graduate, are curious about what

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Learn All About Catamaran Cruising from the Experts

  Beyond the Horizon Insights into Long Distance Cruising Adventures   March 9 – 11   Lowes Hotel, Annapolis, MD   Long distance cruisers from the U.S. will join a prominent offshore passage-maker from "across the pond" to share their "Insights into Long Distance Cruising Adventures," a two-day seminar for cruisers. Speakers with decades of

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What's In Your Ditch Bag?

(published October 2017) Imagine that your worst nightmare has come true; a catastrophic equipment failure, irreparable damage due to a collision at sea or human error puts your vessel in peril. You find yourself getting ready to abandon ship, but how prepared are you? Last year in western Canada there was a massive, quick-spreading wild

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Taking Care of Me

As well prepared sailors, we often consider how best to prepare the boat, get ready for spring launch, put her away for the winter, or where to head for the best winter cruising. At some point, preparation also needs to include some self-indulgent care and preparation for yourself  (published October 2017) Shortly after midnight, deep

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Paradise Found in High Latitudes

(published September 2017) It’s June and I’m cold. A heavy rain pelts my black Musto jacket and I pull the brim of the hood down slightly to let water drip off. I watch the drops fall on the toes of my sea boots, roll off and disappear on to the cockpit floor. Looking up, I

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There's This Place

Puerto Bahia Marina, Samana, Dominican Republic (published September 2017) Nestled on the north side of Samana Bay, on the eastern end of the Dominican Republic (DR) with a back drop of thousands upon thousands of native palm trees is a cruiser's dream come true, The Puerto Bahia Marina. This gem in the Caribbean is located

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Sailing Phuket and Discovering Thailand

An adventurous couple delves into all that Phuket and Phang Nga Bay offer travelers and cruising sailors  (published September 2017, photographs by Michaela Urban) I spent a number of years working as a journalist in Southeast Asia in the 1990s, and fell in love with the region, especially Thailand. However, it wasn’t until recently that

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Iceland to Scotland, a Whirlwind of Adventure

Mahina Tiare and her crew sail in some of the North Atlantic's most remote and beautiful islands  (published September 2017) Our Leg 4 crew joined us in Reykjavik, Iceland on Tuesday, August 2 at noon and following lunch we set sail on a 120-mile overnighter for the Westman Islands, located right on the rhumbline for

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