Digging for Treasure

Spring is upon us, and it's time to ort through the various treasures hidden in the dark recesses of my seabag. Some are old standbys, others recent additions. They all have their place as sailing season warms up  (published April 2017) That humble, tattered canvas seabag doesn’t seem to get

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More Wind Than We Ever Wanted

Weather can change in the blink of an eye or slowly over time. But if you sail often enough and long enough, sooner or later you will get more wind than you ever wanted. Preparation and training  will help you cope with that reality  (published March 2017) It was only

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A New Glow for the Old Girl

She was a magnificent yacht in her day, and you’re the new proud owner. With a little tender loving care she can regain that youthful appearance, but, as with any new workout program, it doesn’t need to be accomplished in one undertaking  (published February 2017) Perhaps periodic routine maintenance by

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Decision Time

All of the weather forecasts from multiple sources indicated a likely and potentially dangerous passage. The real question was whether or not we would have the courage to stay tied to the dock or would ego and momentum keep us moving towards departure  (published October 2016) I still have a

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Dealing with a Hurricane

Tropical weather systems, and hurricanes in particular, have their own idiosyncrasies. Understanding them can help us deal with them more effectively. Misunderstanding them can be a disaster  (published September 2016) It was 7:30 p.m on a Sunday evening. The phone rang. Lia Ditton, a woman with whom I have sailed

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Fumbling for Solutions

If you’re attempting to address a medical emergency and you’re not prepared, you’re already too late  (published August 2016) Six months before we were scheduled to take Moondance across the North Atlantic, we began to assign tasks and areas of responsibility to the people scheduled to be onboard. Those responsible

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Offshore Anticipation

Preparations for the Bermuda Race are about to commence, but getting ready for an offshore passage isn't unfamiliar territory despite the myriad possibilities that lurk in the future  (published June 2016) I just made my flight reservations. Moondance, the Swan 56 we brought to Spain last June is now in

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Doublehanding for the Distance

Shorthanded sailing presents both benefits and difficulties. Most of the difficulties can be overcome with a little forethought. Establishing a good watch system lays the foundation for problem avoidance as well as problem solving.  (published April 2016) Consensus thinking often leads one to believe that fewer crew implies fewer logistical

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Digging Into the Bag of Tricks

As technology continues to drive deeper into our lives, it's important to remember that an elegant simplicity still exists with the traditional navigational tools and solutions  (published January 2016) I’m scrambling. With one and a half days before I fly to France for another transatlantic passage, I’m deeply immersed in

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