Fire

It’s a cry that is so alarming that it’s against the law to falsely scream that word in a movie theater. It’s no less alarming at sea. But the time to prepare for emergencies is long before the dock lines are tossed off. Safety at sea begins now!  (published March

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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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The Winds of Christmas

Technically the hurricane season is behind us. The reality is that while some of the devastation remains in some places, the weather will be idyllic in the Caribbean again this winter  (published January/February 2018) It was a particularly rough fall for many of the islands in the Caribbean. Hurricanes mercilessly

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Stay in Touch

"Stay in Touch!" It's a common enough term, but one that takes on many places and is important to many people  (published November/December 2017)   As I write this, two days ago Hurricane Irma roared through Florida. Yesterday, September 11th, marked the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade

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Paradise Found

A charter in French Polynesia's Isles Sous les Vents offers wonderful sailing, beautiful anchorages and amazing diving  (published August 2017) It was a while ago. Perhaps it’s been too long since the sight of jagged tropical mountains and the smell of freshly baked baguettes pierced the morning.  Now, through a

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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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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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Digging for Treasure

Spring is upon us, and it's time to ort through the various treasures hidden in the dark recesses of my seabag. Some are old standbys, others recent additions. They all have their place as sailing season warms up  (published April 2017) That humble, tattered canvas seabag doesn’t seem to get

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More Wind Than We Ever Wanted

Weather can change in the blink of an eye or slowly over time. But if you sail often enough and long enough, sooner or later you will get more wind than you ever wanted. Preparation and training  will help you cope with that reality  (published March 2017) It was only

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