Maverick’s Atlantic Adventures: Day 5

Newport, RI to Cowes, England: Now 896 miles from Newport, RI, and south of the Grand Banks, this is not the North Atlantic we imaged…are we headed to England or Antigua?   Yesterday morning (Saturday June 30), something unusual happened that tells you precisely the puzzlement we are all experiencing

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Sailing to the Revolution: Part Two

It was 1958 when the Florman family sailed from Florida to Cuba and then Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In Part One, in March BWS, they visited Cuba just as the revolution was starting  (published April 2018) Our crossing of the 50-mile-wide Windward Passage between Cuba and Hispaniola provided us

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Sailing to the Revolution

Part One: Looking back at a family cruise that took them straight into the Cuban revolution  (published March 2018) Flying fish and flying spray were keeping my dad from lighting the cigarette he so fervently desired. “Nils Jr., can you please pass me up a lit cigarette?” he yelled down

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Bahama Bound or Bust

A hurried finish to a refit, a new captain and mate, an owner who wanted his catamaran out of New England in late November and in the Bahamas for the holidays: what could possibly go wrong?  (published January/February 2018) Methodical and timely refits are the preferred way of getting things

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Rough Night to Havana

Part 2: After a boisterous delivery from Pensacola to Key West, the author and two pals set off in his Catalina 31 with an organized rally to Cuba  (published January/February 2018) A blast from the air horn at 3 pm announced the start of the rally to Cuba, 97 miles

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Rough Passage to Havana

Part One: An American and two Russians get their boat and themselves ready for the fateful cruise to Cuba  (published November/December 2017) In the summer of 1958, my father and I had just finished watching the Miami Marlins defeat the Havana Sugar Kings in a Class AAA International League baseball

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Smith Island, The Chesapeake Bay, Is the Last Island Standing

(published November/December 2017) From the marina in Deltaville, VA on the Rappahannock River, we pounded upwind on Ukiyo, our Catalina 34, through small craft advisory waves, a “noser” as it’s called here. We were bound for Reedville, Virginia on an oppressively humid day. But for a lone tanker heading north,

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