Linger Longer

(published October 2015) My phone buzzed on the table next to my laptop in the small village café with a text message from Jill. “Crystal clear water. Beautiful sand. Best beach yet.” That statement firmly held my attention, as it was mid-August and we’d spent a good amount of time

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San Simeon Bay

35° 38" N, 121° 11" W  Discover this quaint and historic California community  (published May 2013) I’d been here before, as a kid. My 10-year-old eyes were wide and my childhood brain delighted in imagining—what if this was my house? These swimming pools, my own airport, my own zebras and

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Cruising Guide to the Apostle Islands

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers visitors the chance to explore sea caves, tour lighthouses, hike, camp and cruise around 21 islands in the northern portion of Lake Superior in Wisconsin  (published July 2015) [caption id="attachment_7883" align="alignleft" width="421"] The author at the helm[/caption] Our sailing adventure began at a local

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Never Without Bread

A foolproof recipe to keep your crew fed at sea or to share at that next beach-side potluck  (published August 2014) As a bit of a tomboy, I’ve always felt somewhat deficient around women who can knit hats and effortlessly produce pastries, all without mussing their glossy hair à la

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Fun with French

Learning a language while cruising can be a fun way to enhance your interactions with the locals  (published January 2014) Listen and then repeat: “Bonjour.” “Bon Jour.” -- Beep --. I am hard at work studying French using Rosetta Stone on my laptop with headphones, while tucked in at the

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Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard

41°24 N  70°37 W  (published December 2013) Martha’s Vineyard, which lies only a few miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Machusetts, is one of the most famous summer colonies in America. Presidents Clinton and Obama have both spent summer vacations there and many literary lions and lionesses, Broadway

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The Snubber

A simple piece of cruising equipment with a big job  (published September 2013) It was around 3 a.m. and I awoke to a building breeze pushing us back on our anchor and chain. From the warmth of my bunk I could tell the wind had veered as it was predicted

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12 Caribbean Charter Hot Spots

For great sailing, fun in the sun and musical beach-bar evenings, chartering in the Caribbean has no equal  (published August 2013) Bareboat chartering in the Caribbean has something for everyone as long as you like warm trade wind breezes, beautiful clear water, fun and fast sailing days, walks on pure

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Fishing Bay, Orcas Island

In the San Juan Islands, unplanned anchorages can often be the best  48° 41.5' N 122° 54.4' W     (published July 2013) Go cruising and you usually have a well thought out plan of the anchorages you’ll use, ports you’ll visit and sights you’ll see. More often than not, though, when

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Small Boat, Big Lake

When two brothers venture out on Lake Michigan, the destination doesn't really matter  (published July 2013) “Make sure you’re back by next Thursday at 6:30 for the yacht club dinner!” my Grandma warned us as we left the house for the marina. Later that night and out in the middle

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