Honing Your Cruising Senses

(published March 2017) Laying in my bunk, I could hear and feel the wind changing. A soft harmonic wind blew through the rigging and I listened intently to the speed of the boat match it. As our pace increased, the rustle of water against the hull went from a soft

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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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The Many Emotions of Completing a Voyage

(published October 2016) The sun glistened brilliantly off the Strait of Juan de Fuca as we sailed eastward through Race Rocks wing-and-wing and then turned north towards Victoria to close our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It was three months to the day and 1,141 nautical miles later, and after coming

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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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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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OPB (other people’s boats)

(published April 2016) Sun sparkled on the water on a perfect late fall day as I joined my friends getting a Hallberg-Rassy 43 ready in her slip and pulling the spinnaker on deck. We were soon clear of the marina and rolling out the in-mast furling mainsail and big orange

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Beauty Abounds in Desolation Sound

Warm water and amazing scenery are just the beginning in this idyllic playground  (published March 2016) As we rounded Sarah Point on Malaspina Peninsula and made our way into Homfray Channel, our jaws dropped and mouths went agape. In front of us, British Columbia’s Coast Mountains shot straight from sea

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