Back to the Basics

Sail your boat better with the right instruments  (published June 2013) Like any art, sailing requires no specific instruments or devices aboard ship in order to enjoy. But like any science, sport, or hobby, the addition of useful, timely and well-presented data can significantly enhance and supplement finely honed instincts.

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Free Online Weather Tools

The difference between success and failure in racing or cruising is often determined by the thoroughness of the preparation-often by just getting the weather right  (published June 2013) It’s almost time to start your cruising rally, and some time ago, you noticed that getting hammered by unexpected cold fronts wasn’t

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Heiva on Tahiti

Experience Polynesian flair at this unique celebration  (published June 2013) The summer of 2012 was London’s Olympic summer, but half a world away we were enjoying spectator sports of a different type. Who needs track and field when you can cheer for competitors in events like fruit basket races, stone

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Night Moves

Crew tips for completing safe passages at night  (published May 2013) Someone once asked me if I stopped to sleep every night when making an offshore passage. Initially, it is a funny question, but when you get down to it, they are actually focusing on a key component: sleep. Offshore

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Bermuda to Newport the Long, Fast Way

An end run was the best route home for Waianiwa and her crew  (published May 2013) When Dean Matthews and I arrived in Bermuda to help our friend Chris Bouzaid deliver his 60-foot pilothouse sloop back to Newport, R.I., there was just one thing on our minds: the deep low

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Atoll Cruising 101: The Tuamotus

How to safely negotiate atolls of the South Pacific  (published May 2013) By now, every cruiser has certainly heard of the Tuamotus, a string of low-lying Pacific atolls straddling the central section of French Polynesia. Although the wonders of GPS have “downgraded” the Tuamotus from their status as “the Dangerous

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Weather Routing Software

The good, the bad and the ugly truth of it all  (published May 2013) As night settles on the deck of the boat, a glow emanates from the nav station. It used to be red to protect the night vision of the deck watch. For years, it has increasingly become

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Antifouling for Cruisers

With new laws coming that restrict toxins in bottom paints, researchers are exploring new technologies to keep our boats barnacle free  (published April 2013) In the United States and a few other countries, environmental concerns are beginning to shape public opinion and policy in ways that will soon have a

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Live It, Learn It

Hands-on sail repair and maintenance with Carol Hasse and crew  (published April 2013) Though my home was moored in the shadow of Carol Hasse’s front door at Port Townsend Sails, I didn’t feel the need to dig out the tape recorder for our meeting. The objective wasn’t to delve into

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Christmas Cove, U.S. Virgin Islands

18.308 N, 64.832 W  (published February 2013) “Welcome to paradise,” the woman on the next mooring cried as we slipped into our first anchorage on St. John at sunset. The next day, we were stunned to watch bright fish flitting under our boat in 30 feet of crystal-clear water, and

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