Not Just a Dream

From rookie to veteran, how to learn the cruising life  (published March 2013) Cruising on a sailboat isn’t rocket science. Sure, there is a lot to know but that doesn’t mean the dream of sailing over the horizon is unattainable. The thing is, cruising sailors tend to be natural learners.

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Chartering Closer to Home

As the economy slowly recovers, many sailors are choosing to take charter Staycations close to home  (published March 2013) With nearly 10,000 miles of navigable coastline on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and another 3,300 miles around the Great Lakes, North America has an almost endless supply of great places

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Sardinia

39°14’47” N, 09°03’27” E  Not just for megayachts   (published August 2012) While much of Sardinia is rural and undeveloped, the northeast coast has become an aquamarine playground for the rich and famous and their floating palaces. Persian Prince Aga Khan “discovered” these magnificent cruising grounds in the 1960s and

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Island Hopping the Abacos

The joys of chartering the Bahamas' Out Islands (published August 2012) The Sea of Abaco spreads from the Bahamas’ Out Islands in pale aquamarine like a sheet of gently undulating blown glass. Beneath the bright sunshine, the shallow water glistens atop a seafloor of pristine white sugar sand. The only

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Mahina Expeditions: Auckland to Moorea

Sometimes the road to paradise is paved with bad weather    (published April 2012) May 8, 2010, 0730 hrs, 36.56 S, 176.54 E Log: 136,080 miles At sea, headed toward New Zealand’s East Cape Motorsailing at 6.5 knots in 5 knot N winds Baro: 1017.2, Cabin temp: 68 F, Cockpit: 65

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Athens: the Other Windy City

Finding shelter in the storm during a Greek charter  (published March 2012) Last year, Sunsail was promoting a new base in Lavrion, Greece near Athens, along with a new Jeanneau-built monohull, the Sunsail 41. The boat looked fabulous to me, and not enough good things can be said about the

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