The Voyaging Galley

During their voyage around the world, they experienced cultural immersion through the local cuisine  (published June 2013) When my husband Seth and I first set out on our global circumnavigation, I thought almost solely of the sailing. I envisioned great stretches of ocean with only a bird to break the

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Searching for Birds

Circumnavigators savor the pleasures of birding on the Chesapeake Bay  (published April 2013) Our first visit to the Chesapeake Bay had been cold and rushed. My husband Seth and I were still completing the refit of our 38-foot cutter-rigged sloop Heretic for our global circumnavigation, and Jack Frost had been

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Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia

14° 40’ S, 145° 28’ E  (published March 2013) The northwestern bay of Lizard Island was littered with boats, quite a change from the empty anchorages we had grown accustomed to on our cruise north inside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  For a moment my husband Seth and I wondered about

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The Right Decision

Flexible plans mean good seamanship and unexpected rewards  (published May 2015) Sailors setting out on long voyages rightly devote a lot of time and energy to preparing and provisioning their boats and to researching routes, ports, regulations, weather and other factors. This is important and makes offshore sailing safer. But

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Jade Harbor

Prince William Sound, Alaska  (published January 2015) While crossing the Gulf of Alaska, I’d eagerly anticipated nosing up to Columbia Glacier at the head of Prince William Sound. Although I’ve crossed several glaciers on skis, I had never seen a tidewater glacier and the idea of blue bergs floating in

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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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The Other Higher Education

(published April 2014) In the War of 1812 my great-great-great grandfather was taken prisoner by the British. He was the captain of a merchant sailing vessel, and had been since the age of 18. He was in command not only of a wooden ship capable of crossing the Atlantic, but

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Montague Harbor, Gulf Islands, British Columbia

48° 53’ N, 123° 23’ W  (published March 2014) Sometimes the best anchorages are unexpected ones. The weather had been perfect for our cruise in Desolation Sound, British Columbia, and my husband Seth and I were looking forward to a few more days there. But as we listened to the

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