A Dangerous Game

Weather routing is a bit of a chess game against the weather-at times, it can be more dangerous than you'd like  (published September 2012) It’s a chess game. You—or me—against the weather. It matters little whether I’m on a race or delivering a boat; trying to set a speed record

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Weather Wizardry

Sailing season is the time to be aware, and the place to start is www.weather4sailors.com  (published May 2009) We’ve all seen the headlines and read the stories. Each year, someone is caught unaware by an approaching squall, knocked down in a gale or storm, and hurt—or worse. Last year it

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Mexico’s Costa Alegre

Cruising the "Gold Coast"  (published April 2012) The Pacific coast of Mexico stretches for hundreds of miles, but the prime cruising ground is a short 50-mile stretch south of Puerto Vallarta. Fondly called the “Gold Coast” by cruisers for decades, it is also known as the “Costa Alegre” or “Costalegre,”

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Portobelo, Panama

9°33'N 79°39'W  (published March 2012) Mention Panama to a typical cruiser and they’ll usually think of the Panama Canal, the San Blas Islands or Bocas del Toro. But there’s another special little spot worthy of attention. Once the most important port in the entire region, the natural harbor of Portobelo

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I See a Miracle

Why don't sailors sail anymore?  (published March 2012) Nassau, 0900 hours. After picking up Curt Hewett, who will help me during the offshore passage to North Carolina, we raise the sails, weigh anchor and head westward out of Nassau Harbour. Noticing the stir we’re creating and all the cameras aimed

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Food Heresy Offshore

(published March 2012) When provisioning for our recent (and first) trans-Atlantic voyage on Equilibre, our Catana 381 catamaran, I did the usual due diligence by reading magazines and books and trolling the Internet for advice. The suggestions were predictable: keep it simple, think practically and avoid glass containers. Textured vegetable

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Know Your Limits!

The invisible lines on the water that affect your rights underway  (published March 2012) Mariners who sail both U.S. inland and coastal waters are required to know one set of boundary limits—the ones that mark the jurisdiction of the U.S. Inland Navigation Rules. These boundaries are called Demarcation Lines; they

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Communication Leadership

(Published March 2012) The forecasts suggested that the hurricane may be closing with our projected track in the next four or five days. But already we were facing the effects of an extra-tropical low-pressure system, and the sustained winds from that less daunting system were projected to get up to

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Get Low

17° 38’ 60 N, 61° 51’ 0 W  (published February 2012) Think of your favorite picturesque anchorage with a gorgeous beach, beautiful water and few people. Now replace that image with one of Low Bay, Barbuda. If pictures of Low Bay are not used as tourist propaganda for Antigua–Barbuda, they

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