The Chesapeake Bay: Hidden Wonders

From secluded creeks to bustling cities the Chesapeake Bay has it all  (published March 2017) I grew up sailing dinghies on fickle-winded northeastern lakes, but it wasn’t until I lived on the Chesapeake Bay that sailing became a major part of my life. It would take a lifetime to describe

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Girls Gone Sailing in the Abacos

The Abaco chain in the northern Bahamas offers lots of beautiful harbors and plenty of flat-water sailing  (published March 2017) Sometimes when planning a charter you start with a series of constraints rather than a destination in mind. In our case recently, we had an important crew member who was

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Victoria to San Diego

Mahina Tiare's crew settles in for a journey south along the U.S. Pacific coast  (published February 2017) March 23, 0115 hrs, 44.53 N, 124.38 W, Log: 180,947 miles Baro: 1010.1, Cabin Temp: 66 F (furnace is on low), Cockpit: 50 F, Sea Water: 55 F Close-hauled at 5-6 kts under

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Risk Management

A seasoned offshore sailor and business consultant takes a systematic approach to managing risk for those heading off passagemaking  (published February 2017) November is not the best month for sailing from the U.S. East Coast to the Caribbean, but for lots of reasons, that’s when most of us sail down.

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Niue Yacht Club Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

(published February 2017) Twenty five years ago, a few volunteers, both Niuean and ex-pats, shared a vision to provide safe moorings that would encourage cruisers to sail to Niue during their voyages in the South Pacific. In the intervening years, we have had over 3,500 yachts with approximately 12,000 crew

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Cuba Layover, Varadero

On their way from St. Martin to Miami, they make an unexpected layover at Cuba’s impressive and brand new Varadero Marina  (published February 2017) There were not many options. What seemed like a dream delivery was turning into something of a challenge. Almost a year before, I had been contacted

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Destination: Havana

A step back in time, regattas pave the way to Cuba  (published November 2016) [caption id="attachment_10327" align="alignleft" width="434"] Pensacola to Havana Regatta 2015[/caption] In 1952, American yachtsmen were greeted by heavy caliber machine gun fire as they sailed their schooners through the narrow harbor entrance into the finish of the

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The Joys of Winter Cruising

(published November 2016) When the rain came, I pulled my hood over my hat, lowered my head slightly to look at the compass and took my sunglasses off. Yahtzee powered forward as the wind kicked up and I could sense that this squall was the beginning of what would be

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North Sea Expedition

North Sea gales, sunshine and Fair Isle landfall!  (published November 2016) What an exciting morning landfall! On May 6, we were located between the Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland. Off our bow is a rugged and dramatic island with far more sheep than people and a tiny harbor. Our very

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