Urupukapuka, New Zealand

(published August 2016) We have a lot of favorites in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, but Urupukapuka is the one place that had it all: protected anchorages, sandy beaches, and idyllic hikes. We’d been intrigued by the melodious name ever since we first visited the area during a week-long sailing

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Coastal Cruising Meets Passagemaking

After selling their Dufour 35, Namani, the author and her family enjoy a final month aboard during the delivery along the East Australian Coast  (published June 2016) Sailing in Australia can be a lot of things; blue water passagemaking or day hopping, downwind daydreaming or head bashing beats to windward.

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Fiji: Flirting with the Date Line

On paper, crossing the Pacific in one season seemed like a perfectly good plan. But once there, we were like kids in a candy store: everything looked so good. We wanted it all! So when the chance came to decelerate our cruise from a two year run into a three

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Fitting Out

Readying a small boat for a Pacific crossing  (published December 2015) Outfitting a boat for an ocean crossing is no easy task. Like so many aspects of cruising, every decision represents a trade-off: cost versus utility, safety versus comfort, savings versus preparedness. Given a finite amount of space, what should

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Connecting the Dots in the South Pacific

The author and her family find paradise on the South Pacific island of Suwarrow  (published July 2015) Cruising can be a game of connect the dots, and for most of the Coconut Milk Run, sailors choices are fairly straightforward. The Marquesas can be cruised from windward to leeward in a

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Broken Bay, Australia

Sydney's Second Harbor  (published December 2014) We’ve all seen images of Sydney’s stunning harbor, with its iconic opera house and coathanger bridge. But just 20 miles north is an equally special place called Broken Bay. We spent two happy weeks pottering around that aquatic playground and quickly grew to appreciate

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A Tongan Feast

Finding the best of what this beautiful island kingdom has to offer  (published November 2014) Apparently, we had it all wrong. The best thing about Tonga is not the sailing. No! The true highlight of this island kingdom is in fact, a Tongan feast. This message was continuously reinforced from

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Here, Kitty Kitty

Working while cruising, can the two mix?  (published October 2014) Sounds good, doesn’t it: working as you cruise around the globe. Many sailors fantasize about such an arrangement, but just how viable is it to work while you cruise? What are the risks and the limitations? What are the rewards?

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New Caledonian Retreat

An introduction to the idyllic lagoons of this beautiful and cruisable Pacific stopover  (published September 2014) Sailing New Caledonia? “It’s horrible!” one sailor complained. “The water temperature today is only 25°C!” That’s a frigid 77°F, to us North Americans. [caption id="attachment_6719" align="alignleft" width="486"] Noumea[/caption] Yes, New Caledonia was spoiling us

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