Digging Into the Bag of Tricks

As technology continues to drive deeper into our lives, it's important to remember that an elegant simplicity still exists with the traditional navigational tools and solutions  (published January 2016) I’m scrambling. With one and a half days before I fly to France for another transatlantic passage, I’m deeply immersed in

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Island Bound

Heading to the Caribbean from the East Coast always incurs the bitter and sweet reality of a Gulf Stream crossing. It will certainly have elements of one or the other  (published November 2015) Whether racing or delivering boats to or from New England or further south along the East Coast,

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Black Clouds on the Horizon

Sunshine and blue skies: they're the hallmark of another terrific day spent sailing on moderate blue seas, and they account for the vast majority of days at sea. There are, however, exceptions.  (published October 2015) Seeker was a well-found sloop with a few miles under her keel. The year before,

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The Inevitability of Problems

It's a virtual certainty that problems will arise at sea. Solutions are not always as inevitable. The goal is to minimize the number and severity of the problems and handle them with grace and composure.  (published September 2015) Spain or bust: as always, it could have gone either way. Prior

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Heading Back to Sea

It's a familiar theme, but as with all long distance passages, there are-and will be-vast differences.  (published August 2015) It’s early June and another transatlantic passage is about to unfold, this one aboard Moondance, a beautifully maintained Swan 56. For me, it’s my 40th transat; for the seven others on

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Maintaining a Weather Eye

Weather forecasts can be right or wrong, but the sooner you can recognize the difference, the sooner you can take appropriate action  (published July 2015) A couple of weeks ago we were tasked to move a Hinckley 64 from the Turks and Caicos to her home port in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Getting Your Point Across

Coordinating efforts is not difficult if everyone on the crew understands the tasks at had and how to proceed as individuals within the group  (published June 2015) In the high latitudes of the deep South Pacific, several hundred miles west of the Chilean coast, the winds quickly began to build.

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The Devil in the Details

It has often been said that the devil is in the details. It's those same details that will decide victory on the racecourse or pleasure throughout a long distance passage.  (published May 2015) Whether you are entering a competition merely to be among those who race or are actually out

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Passing the Baton

Preparation will help you avoid emergencies and turn them instead into adventures. And the lessons learned through these experiences are worth sharing with others.  (published April 2015) Alone on deck at 2:15 a.m., the Caribbean night was quiet as Lia Ditton slept below on her side of the catamaran and

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