SEA TIME Over the last few years we have been involved with several rallies and offshore sailing events and have literally seen thousands of sailors take off on passages. We are one of the founding sponsors of the Salty Dawg Rally that last fall had 116 boats in the fleet.
CHECKING IN This month we are happy to bring you our annual guide to communications for cruisers and offshore sailors. There are so many ways to stay in touch these days that you almost have to make a philosophical decision about how you conduct your communications life from your boat.
BLIND FAITH • Almost all of us have been sailing with GPS for so long that we take its accuracy and reliability for granted. It just works. We have it in our phones, tablets, cars, even wristwatches, as well as on our boats. And on our boats we usually have
The Departure • Experienced cruisers will tell you that the hardest part of getting away for a long cruise—such as heading to Mexico or the Caribbean for the winter—is the process of getting your boat and yourself ready to get away. This is particularly true if you will be making
On Your Own • There is an old saying that cruising is nothing more than sailing your boat from one exotic repair facility to the next. But while the locations can be exotic, they are often without what we would normally call facilities, without even electricity or running water. We
Our Cruising Community • When I think back to the day we sailed into Bermuda from Europe on our last leg of a five year circumnavigation, I remember well how pleasant it was to anchor in St. George’s Harbor among more than three dozen U.S. flag boats that had recently
New Dreams, New Boats • It is no secret that Blue Water Sailing fosters the cruising dream in many sailors and helps those who are getting ready to set off for a season or a year of cruising to prepare themselves and their boats for the adventures ahead. It is
Pure Sailing • As we look over the harbor in Newport, RI now in late June, there are boats everywhere sailing in all directions having fun. But it was a long winter. We took our boat more or less apart and renewed just about everything in a major refit and
FIRST PASSAGE • Every July we turn our attention to the world of small cruisers and daysailers and this year we have three compelling small boat cruising stories for you plus a roundup of some of the new and interesting smaller boats that are available on the market. BWS is
Performance Cruising There are some cruising sailors who consider performance cruising to be an oxymoron and anyone who suggests it to be a moron. But performance means a lot of different things to different people. That’s why we asked a really diverse group of authors to tackle the articles in