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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Dry Suits for Cruisers

What's outthere in the realm of four weather gear for those looking to stay 100 percent dry?  (published April 2015) When sailors think of dry suits, an image of frostbiting in dinghies comes to mind, so too does the notion that they are ill fitting and difficult to put on

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Daring the Dangerous Archipelago

Cruising the atolls of Tuamotu brings spectacular marine life and scenery, as well as fickle and potentially unfriendly passes  (published February 2015) Steve and I stood over the chart table considering a parade of small blue circles that marched across the expanse of blank white that defined the Pacific Ocean.

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Heaving-To

The ocean is your parking lot  (published July 2012) For centuries, heaving-to has been the most reliable trick in a sailor’s arsenal for “parking” a sailboat at sea. Throughout that time, sailing vessels have changed and sailors have changed with them, but one fact remains—heaving-to is an important and necessary

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Medicine on Board

By the time you're looking for your medical kit, it's already too late to start getting prepared  (published July 2012) Racing around the world in the 1998-99 Around Alone Race, singlehanded Russian sailor Viktor Yazykov faced a potentially life-threatening situation—the abscess on his elbow required draining. Even to a former

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Mahina Expeditions: Auckland to Moorea

Sometimes the road to paradise is paved with bad weather    (published April 2012) May 8, 2010, 0730 hrs, 36.56 S, 176.54 E Log: 136,080 miles At sea, headed toward New Zealand’s East Cape Motorsailing at 6.5 knots in 5 knot N winds Baro: 1017.2, Cabin temp: 68 F, Cockpit: 65

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Bermuda and Beyond

Getting from the East Coast to Bermuda can present a road full of potholes  (April 2012) It’s another Bermuda Race year. That, however, is just one of the many reasons that sailors fetch up on those wreck-strewn, reef-surrounded, sandy, and yet still hospitable shores. At times, it can be a

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