Land Ho!

The culture shock of life ashore  (published August 2017) Stepping from the marina parking lot onto the sidewalk, cars rushed by in a flash and I felt my heart start beating a bit faster. Rain pounded on the hard pavement, the stench of exhaust hung in the air and I

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For the Love of Alaska

Achieving a cruising dream  (published June/July 2017) With our bright blue spinnaker poled out and full of wind, we sailed across the border between British Columbia and Alaska in perfect downwind style. Bathed in April sunshine, our family of four whooped and hollered at the occasion. It had been nearly

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The Right Boat For You Is…

(published May 2017) When I overheard Porter, our newly minted four-year-old, say, “Mom, I love Yahtzee” while being tucked into bed for the night, I couldn’t help but smile. The topic between he and Jill was boats, ours and others, and it was comforting to know that he loves his

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Ten Qualities of a Long Term Cruiser

Do you have what it takes to sail into the sunset?  (published April 2017) A cruiser is someone who sails for pleasure without an exact destination, and in some cases without an exact duration. Not as a cruise ship passenger, of course, but as a sailor on his or her

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Easting Puerto Rico

A sailing route less traveled by made all the difference  (published September 2016) We continued our beat to windward, leaving Isla Saona, Dominican Republic for Puerto Rico. Crossing the southern end of the Mona Passage, one of course has to pick a good weather window. We set waypoints for clearing

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Galley Guide

Holidays Onboard  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) Perhaps one of the most difficult things about being a voyaging sailor is being away from friends and family for long periods of time. It’s true that modern technology helps ease the feelings of isolation but many sailors still struggle, especially during the holidays. I

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Sailor, 74, Sets Sights On Being Oldest To Sail Solo Non-Stop Around The World

Jeanne Socrates has sailed enough ocean miles, 160,000, to circumnavigate the world seven times. Now she wants to establish a new record. Socrates has already been recognized by Guinness World Records and nautical associations, like the Cruising Club of America, as the oldest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a non-stop,

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This Couple Balances Work and Play While Cruising The World

“Freedom.” That is how Victoria Fine describes her life.In April, Fine left a big job at Slate to launch her own business, Finally, a growth hacking company that offers editorial and audience development solutions to grow digital audiences. In June, she set sail with her husband and now lives full-time on a

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