A Trip into the Dangerous Middle

An eventful passage between French Polynesia and Niue  (published December 2014) It was going to be just another downwind leg on the long voyage that was taking us slowly across the South Pacific. Our passage, from French Polynesia to the small island nation of Niue, would take us back into

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Tales from the Crypt

An equatorial crossing haunted by superstition  (published September 2014) We woke up to a double rainbow arching across a clear sky and disappearing behind Isla Cocos. The sea was calm but for a steady ripple of breeze that skipped across the surface. The horizon was a smooth flat line of

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Welcome to the World of Tomorrow

Sailing in the Kingdom of Tonga; navigation time on the edge of the dateline  (published June 2014) A Canadian, an American and an Australian are sitting in the shade of a thatched roof bar having cold beers when a 150-pound pig walks in. The barman turns and yells “Charlie!” The

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Riding It Out In Fiji

An unexpected cyclone season hideout makes for a laborious but rewarding stop  (published February 2014) Kate was truly ready to stop when we arrived in Fiji. The engine troubles that had been plaguing us for the last 18 months hadn’t managed to fix themselves. After six thousand miles we were

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