Escape From Pago Pago

Cruising American Samoa is not as impossible as it seems  (published September 2017) It appeared that we were victors and victims of that strange luck, circumstance: victors because we had somehow easily, magically procured the rare permission from the harbormaster of Pago Pago to sail our boat to the remote

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Fiji: Flirting with the Date Line

On paper, crossing the Pacific in one season seemed like a perfectly good plan. But once there, we were like kids in a candy store: everything looked so good. We wanted it all! So when the chance came to decelerate our cruise from a two year run into a three

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Discovering New Caledonia

Before we sailed through the Havannah Pass and into the lagoon that surrounds "La Grande Terre" we'd heard very little about New Caledonia. The few people we met who had stopped in there said it was little more than a way to break up what can be a rough passage

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Nowhere Else

Still sailing the same silent sea. Photos by Nancy Krill  (published January 2016) “So you didn’t go anywhere this season...you only cruised Alaska”, is a refrain that, I must acknowledge, sometimes makes me rather testy. I hear it with some frequency, so I’ve managed to quell my annoyance and stoically

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Reef Piloting

Heading to the tropical reef systems of the world is the driving reason for many cruisers. However, when we get among the reef systems of the cruising world we can no longer rely solely on electronics and the safety of the boat now relies on our reef piloting skills. (published

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Samoan Sojourn

A family finds more than just a great destination in the South Pacific  (published July 2013) I had flown into Samoa from Hawaii with my two children expecting to see my husband and our boat Sundance, an old Swan 48, arrive within a couple of days. This was the beginning

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Broken Bay, Australia

Sydney's Second Harbor  (published December 2014) We’ve all seen images of Sydney’s stunning harbor, with its iconic opera house and coathanger bridge. But just 20 miles north is an equally special place called Broken Bay. We spent two happy weeks pottering around that aquatic playground and quickly grew to appreciate

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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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