Pace On When the Breeze is Off

How to coax out more speed and miles when the wind goes light  (published June/July 2017) Waves of rising heat seem to distort visions of the distance, and the sounds of insects seem to increase as everything else grows more silent. The surface of the water has assumed a flat,

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Staying Safe at Sea

(published June/July 2017) While the rest of the world is worried about terrorism, it’s easy to feel safe from attacks when living aboard out at sea. Days go by without seeing another boat. The vast majority of cruisers never have to be concerned with safety; thousands of good-hearted people have

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Pirate Attack

In the Gulf of Vietnam, they were chased by pirates and barely got away. Here's what happened and what they learned  (published May 2017) “Rebecca, QUICK, I need another flare from the hanging locker!”     The jib alone was just barely pulling Brick House southward at a pace slower

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Northward Bound

Daylight lengthens, and rumor has it that the weather is getting warmer further to the north. It's time to leave the tropics in favor of northern summers  (published May 2017) Aquamarine water and pastel sunrises, warm breezes amidst softly swaying palm trees and the sound of tree frogs chirping: it

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Before the Wind

There are a number of options for comfortably running downwind  (published March 2017) There is nothing quite so awesome as a warm breeze at your back, your biggest spinnaker pulling strong and the horizon ahead in a wide arc like outstretched arms just waiting for you. That’s the way it

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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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