A Season in New Zealand

A practical guide to cruising by land and water, with tips on where to get those boat projects done, too  (published August 2014) For many trans-Pacific sailors, New Zealand is the “Promised Land”: a safe, English-speaking place south of the cyclone belt. It’s a place for sailors to slow down,

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Paradise Unplugged: Southern Vanuatu

Lessons learned in one of the most unique places in the South Pacific  (published July 2014) A Pacific crossing can bring the lucky cruiser to many pockets of paradise. But nowhere did we experience quite the raw, unadulterated version we found in Vanuatu: paradise unplugged. No power, no price tags,

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Highlights of the Society Islands

A cruiser's guide to one of the South Pacific's most dreamy destinations  (published April 2014) You know you’ve been spoiled by the South Pacific when you have to drag your protesting child off to snorkel with “just another” manta ray or when you find that Bora Bora just isn’t satisfying

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Destination Niue: The Rock of Polynesia

Experiencing a unique and pleasant isle along the Coconut Milk Run  (published March 2014) For all his discoveries, Captain James Cook did register a few misses. The great navigator sailed right past Sydney Harbor, for one thing, and failed to notice New Zealand’s gorgeous Milford Sound. In the grand scheme

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The Magnificent Marquesas

The many highlights of this magical cruising ground are hard to ignore  (published January 2014) [caption id="attachment_5780" align="alignleft" width="283"] Marquesas overview, top image: Fatu Hiva's Bay of Virgins is one of the most visually dramatic anchorages in the world[/caption] Isolated, wild and brooding with bold mountain landscapes jutting up above

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Marquesas to the Society Islands

Part III: How careful planning can keep the Coconut Milk Run smooth  (published December 2013) Having sailed all the way from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas—3,000 miles of very open ocean—it’s easy to think of the next 770 miles to Tahiti as a mere hop. Especially when the hop

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Galapagos to Marquesas

Part II: Life is but a dream on a passage from one unforgettable island chain to another  (published November 2013) On the eve of our departure from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, each member of our crew was preoccupied with his or her own thoughts. Sure, we had already

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Port Antonio, Jamaica

18°11 N, 076°27 W  Skeptics abound, but this unique Caribbean port should not be missed  (published October 2013) Is it too much to claim that Port Antonio, Jamaica, is one of the most overlooked highlights of the Caribbean? Our plans to call there were poo-pooed by sailors all along the

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Port Antonio, Jamaica

18°11 N, 076°27 W  (published October 2013) Is it too much to claim that Port Antonio, Jamaica, is one of the most overlooked highlights of the Caribbean? Our plans to call there were poo-pooed by sailors all along the US East Coast who warned us of lurking dangers and rampant

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Panama to the Galapagos Islands

Part I: The mighty Pacific Ocean shows its serene and tender disposition  (published October 2013) Having crossed the Atlantic via the “Milk Run” aboard our 1981 Dufour 35, my husband Markus and I felt we were ready for the “Coconut Milk Run” in the Pacific. Our son Nicky had crossed

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