A Harrowing Journey

Crossing the pirate-infested Indian Ocean can be a life-or-death guessing game  (published October 2012) There were times—many times—in the past few months when Chris and I asked ourselves, “How on earth did we end up in this situation?” Times like when we were caught in the spotlight of an unknown

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30- Something Cruisers

Why wait for retirement? Put your cruising plans on fast forward and go now  (published October 2012) If you refer to acquiring the cruising fever as “catching the bug,” you’ve hit the nail on the head. For us, once the idea of taking off on an extended cruise was planted,

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HIghlights of a Homeward Bound Voyage

(published October 2012) February 18th—I recorded our departure from Easter Island in the logbook and noted that we had cleared out of New Zealand exactly one month earlier. We were ultimately bound for the Chesapeake Bay, bringing home Elcie, an aluminum catamaran recently built in New Zealand. We had a

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Magical Moments in Remote Places

(published October 2012) While departing Cape Town, South Africa during past summer trips, I often experienced the same conditions—the sun would beat down while moderate breezes pushed us northward toward our destination in the Caribbean. After quite a few trips along that route, delivering or racing boats of one kind

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Overtaken

A sudden storm dampens a passage from Grays Harbor, WA to San Francisco  (published September 2012) When I tell the story of a recent storm encounter, most experienced sailors wonder how we got caught in the first place. Didn’t we listen to the forecasts before leaving and have NOAA weather

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Sail Fish

A couple takes their first sailboat from Argentina to Virginia, bringing their passion for fishing along for the ride  (published September 2012) [caption id="attachment_4782" align="alignleft" width="486"] The crew from Argentina to Recife[/caption] The first leg was fast and furious; the second was filled with drama and tension as Escapade fought

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Shake Down South

A cruising family gets reacquainted with the liveaboard lifestyle on an East Coast run  (published September 2012) The dream part of every cruise is exhilarating sailing and the anticipation of interesting places to visit. The downside? A constant stream of problems that demand solutions. Somewhere in between is the reality:

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Into the Wild

Embracing the perils and rewards of South Georgia Island  (published September 2012) Visiting South Georgia Island, along with the wider Antarctic region, has been one of my lifelong dreams. I’ve always tried to avoid the “milk run” cruising routes in favor of places that serve up real adventure spiced with

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A Step Back in Time

Sasara Twin Waterfall Bay in Vanuatu's Banks Islands  (published September 2012) [caption id="attachment_4725" align="alignleft" width="346"] Approach to Sasara Twin Waterfall Bay[/caption] What most Americans know about Vanuatu was probably learned from watching a reality TV show. This is unfortunate, particularly for sailors, because we have a rare opportunity to visit

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Sardinia

39°14’47” N, 09°03’27” E  Not just for megayachts   (published August 2012) While much of Sardinia is rural and undeveloped, the northeast coast has become an aquamarine playground for the rich and famous and their floating palaces. Persian Prince Aga Khan “discovered” these magnificent cruising grounds in the 1960s and

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