Escape From Pago Pago

Cruising American Samoa is not as impossible as it seems  (published September 2017) It appeared that we were victors and victims of that strange luck, circumstance: victors because we had somehow easily, magically procured the rare permission from the harbormaster of Pago Pago to sail our boat to the remote and seldom-cruised bays on the

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Into the Leeward Isles

Cruising south through the tall Caribbean islands that kiss the clouds  (September 2017) When I retired five years ago my wife Brenda and I headed out from our home in Connecticut, aboard Pandora, our Saga 43' sloop, for a run down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and over to the Bahamas for a winter of cruising.

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Med Mooring

(published August 2017) As we slowly rounded the rocky headland crowned with feathery pines, picturesque Poros town slowly revealed itself, taking my breath away. The terracotta tiled roofs gleamed in the late morning sun, the clock tower pointed up like a finger raised to remind us that it is almost noon and time to come

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Discovering Poros

Legend has it that once you visit Poros you will always return  (published August 2017) The azure sea was smooth as satin, touching the infinite sky under a veil of silvery haze. We had been motoring for nearly eight hours from Kythnos to Poros, a tiny island clinging to the tip of the thumb of

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Sailing to the Extreme

Five offshore adventures that will build your blue water skills and may change your life  (published August 2017) There is no better way to build the skills and confidence you need for safe offshore cruising than by making long offshore passages with experienced instructors and experienced skippers. Here are five ways to transform yourself from

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Diving Bonaire and Curacao

For cruisers who like to scuba dive, the Dutch islands in the southern Caribbean offer some of the world's best and least crowded dive sites  (published August 2017)      One of the greatest things about the cruising life for my wife Virginia and me is the freedom and ability to scuba dive just about

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Landfall

The rhythms of daily life change after being at sea for three weeks  (published August 2017)     On the 21st morning of our passage I wake long before the alarm goes off for my 0600 watch. The early morning air is warm so I dress lightly in a short sleeve top and yoga pants

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Seamanship for Cruisers

Two of the world's most experienced offshore sailors and dedicated seamanship educators, share what they have learned over lifetimes at sea  (with John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal, published June/July 2017) Having spent most of our lifetimes sailing and teaching ocean passagemaking, we enjoy following those new to sailing as they start mastering skills and

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Going Coastal to New England

A flotilla cruise from Hampton, Virginia to Southern New England offers adventure, new friends and a taste of history  (published June/July 2017) In the summer of 2015, my wife Carol and I thought about sailing our boat Legacy, a 2011 Hunter 39, from her homeport in Hampton, Virginia, to New England via a coastal route

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Running Dodd Narrows Under Sail

(published June/July 2017) We moved aboard Skibo, our Contessa 26, in April of 2012 and by July had twice conquered the challenge of sailing across Georgia Strait from our False Creek marina slip in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. We were eager for the delights and sights of summertime Gulf Islands sailing. But first we had

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