Dealing with a Hurricane

Tropical weather systems, and hurricanes in particular, have their own idiosyncrasies. Understanding them can help us deal with them more effectively. Misunderstanding them can be a disaster  (published September 2016) It was 7:30 p.m on a Sunday evening. The phone rang. Lia Ditton, a woman with whom I have sailed

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The Unparalleled Beauty of Cruising

Sheer cliffs shot from the water’s edge straight up thousands of feet. Mere boat lengths from their craggy faces, the water depths dropped to 500 then 1,000 feet. Above it all, jagged, snowcapped mountain peaks dangled and broke the clouds to reveal a beautiful blue sky  (published September 2016) We

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Galley Guide

Holidays Onboard  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) Perhaps one of the most difficult things about being a voyaging sailor is being away from friends and family for long periods of time. It’s true that modern technology helps ease the feelings of isolation but many sailors still struggle, especially during the holidays. I

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Delivery South

An early fall passage from Portland, Maine to Annapolis, Maryland  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) As the sun set on our first night out from Portland, Maine en route to Annapolis, Maryland, I listened to the forecast, checked GRIBs and knew we were going to be in for a wild ride. A

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The Rewards of Racing

(Published August 2016) Red buoy #2 bobbed dead ahead in the swell as we passed astern of the committee boat on the tumultuous Columbia River Bar. The starting gun was a minute and a half out and we were right on the line on port tack. With boats entering the

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Fumbling for Solutions

If you’re attempting to address a medical emergency and you’re not prepared, you’re already too late  (published August 2016) Six months before we were scheduled to take Moondance across the North Atlantic, we began to assign tasks and areas of responsibility to the people scheduled to be onboard. Those responsible

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Yoga On Yachts

Yoga on board is an excellent way to exercise and relax from daily stress  (published June 2016) Sailing is a physical lifestyle. From raising sails and grinding winches to dragging the dinghy up a beach, to schlepping provisions and climbing onboard, every aspect of life on a boat requires a

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Offshore Anticipation

Preparations for the Bermuda Race are about to commence, but getting ready for an offshore passage isn't unfamiliar territory despite the myriad possibilities that lurk in the future  (published June 2016) I just made my flight reservations. Moondance, the Swan 56 we brought to Spain last June is now in

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Sailor, 74, Sets Sights On Being Oldest To Sail Solo Non-Stop Around The World

Jeanne Socrates has sailed enough ocean miles, 160,000, to circumnavigate the world seven times. Now she wants to establish a new record. Socrates has already been recognized by Guinness World Records and nautical associations, like the Cruising Club of America, as the oldest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a non-stop,

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