BWS’s Annual Fall Boat Show Preview

New Cruising Boats: monohulls and multihulls (published September 2018) Every year as we prepare our annual boat show preview of new cruising boats we are remined of two important changes that have taken place in the U.S. sailboat market in the last decade: fewer and fewer new boats are being built in North America and,

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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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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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Fitness Afloat

Everyone knows that a balanced diet and regular exercise are the pillars of maintaining a healthy lifestyle but it can be difficult to put that knowledge into acton, especially on board  (published June/July 2017) We spent 2016 exploring the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Choosing to stay close to the equator meant that we

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Our Final Sail

The decision to switch from a symmetrical spinnaker to a Parasailor proved to be the right one for this cruising couple aboard their Pearson 424  (published June 2016) About six months before leaving for full time cruising, we decided to spend some time practicing with our spinnaker. We had almost two years of sailing on

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Vendee Globe Skipper Kito de Pavant Rescued

Kito de Pavant, the 55 years old French skipper of Bastide-Otio, who suffered damage to his keel when racing in the remote South Indian Ocean while racing in the Vendee Globe solo round the world race, was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 0100hrs TU this morning and taken aboard the research and supply

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Rescue Planned for Strickened Vendee Globe Skipper

French skipper Kito de Pavant was enduring an anxious wait this afternoon aboard his Bastide Otio after he struck an object which destroyed his keel housing, ripped off his aft keel mountings and left the appendage supported only by the hydraulic keel ram. De Pavant, from the Occitanie region in SW France is placed 10th

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Repairs force Jeanne Socrates to abandon her record attempt

Describing the decision as “a painful but an unavoidable decision”, Jeanne Socrates has abandoned her record attempt for a second time because of urgent repairs. The 74-year-old set out on the 13 November 2016 from Victoria, British Columbia to become the oldest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. Socrates already holds the

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