Cruising the “Twelve”

The Dodecanese Islands of Greece  (published October 2015) We were cruising the Turkish coast for six weeks aboard Celador, a 41-foot Beneteau, and enjoying Turkish culture, history and food.  Offshore, islands floated in the haze. They were the Dodecanese, a string of twelve Greek islands lying close along the coast

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Sailing Schools and Community Sailing

Whether new to sailing or a boat owner, taking classes through a sailing school can ensure better and safer sailing for all  (published August 2015) SAILING ORGANIZATIONS Founded in 1897, US Sailing (at the time called the North American Yacht Racing Union) has a long history of training instructors and

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Boatbound

Boatbound is a 'pier to pier' renting service that connects boat owners with renters  (published August 2015) In the summer of 2012 Aaron Hall (founder and CEO of Boatbound) and his family were on vacation and trying to rent a boat, however the marina had no more boats available. “We

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Sailing Around the World One Charter at a Time

17 of the world's best places to charter can lead you on a round the world adventure  (published August 2015) For many of us, the point of the cruising life is to enjoy the world’s best and most interesting sailing areas. The ocean passages between them may offer challenges and

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Confessions of a Reluctant Voyager

An experienced sailor finds the inspiration and education he needs to fulfill his passagemaking dreams  (published March 2015) I’m no Magellan, Cook or Ericson. No Chichester, MacArthur or Knox-Johnston. Hardly. I’m a 60-year-old music producer/ad man with a voyage monkey on my back. I’ve read Slocum, Moitessier and the Pardeys.

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Chatham Bay, Union Island

12.60° N, 61.43° W  Enjoy island life away from the crowds  (published April 2013) A bright smile, cold rum punch, island music to sooth your ears, warm sand to cover your toes and the blue Caribbean spreading out to the setting sun. A cruiser’s heaven? We think so. This is

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Searching for Birds

Circumnavigators savor the pleasures of birding on the Chesapeake Bay  (published April 2013) Our first visit to the Chesapeake Bay had been cold and rushed. My husband Seth and I were still completing the refit of our 38-foot cutter-rigged sloop Heretic for our global circumnavigation, and Jack Frost had been

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A Leeward Islands Odyssey

A week on  a crewed charter cat opens their eyes to the Caribbean wonders  (published March 2013) Dawn arrived slowly. The night had wrapped its blanket of darkness around this beautiful Caribbean island and seemed reluctant to release its grip. From the deck of my chartered cat, I watched the

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B.V.I.s Off the Beaten Track

You can still find secluded anchorages and unspoiled snorkeling  (published March 2013) The British Virgin Islands, because of their near perfect sailing and cruising features, have become a hub for chartering and a winter getaway for those unfortunates trapped in the frosty north. This has resulted in the need for

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