Francois Gabart: Superman

The handsome, mild mannered Frenchman, did the impossible when he knocked six days off the solo round the world record  (published March 2018) Imagine yourself on board a massive 100-foot trimaran. You are alone, sailing through the Southern Ocean in an attempt to break the single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation record. It’s just before dawn and the

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Fire

It’s a cry that is so alarming that it’s against the law to falsely scream that word in a movie theater. It’s no less alarming at sea. But the time to prepare for emergencies is long before the dock lines are tossed off. Safety at sea begins now!  (published March 2018) Fire, of course is

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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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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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The Year of the Hurricane?

The numbers aren't all in yet, but we already know that one year does not necessarily make a trend  (published Nov/Dec 2017) For many, the hurricane results of 2017 have been horrific. That is undeniable and a statement which should add caution to our actions in the future. Frantic TV crews may have been selective

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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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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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