Cruising Guide to the Western Caribbean

For a change of pace, spend a winter cruising from Florida to the Western Caribbean and back. Here’s how  (published May 2018) For U.S. east coast cruisers looking to extend their cruising experience beyond the Bahamas, a Western Caribbean cruise offers an adventurous alternative to the more common Eastern Caribbean

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Landfall

The rhythms of daily life change after being at sea for three weeks  (published August 2017)     On the 21st morning of our passage I wake long before the alarm goes off for my 0600 watch. The early morning air is warm so I dress lightly in a short

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The Many Emotions of Completing a Voyage

(published October 2016) The sun glistened brilliantly off the Strait of Juan de Fuca as we sailed eastward through Race Rocks wing-and-wing and then turned north towards Victoria to close our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It was three months to the day and 1,141 nautical miles later, and after coming

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Decision Time

All of the weather forecasts from multiple sources indicated a likely and potentially dangerous passage. The real question was whether or not we would have the courage to stay tied to the dock or would ego and momentum keep us moving towards departure  (published October 2016) I still have a

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Passages South

How to plan a fall passage from the East Coast to the tropics  (published September 2016) Several falls ago, I found myself aboard Peter Johnstone’s 68-foot sled Mojo headed south from Newport, RI to Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. We had caught the tail end of a fresh cold front

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Delivery South

An early fall passage from Portland, Maine to Annapolis, Maryland  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) As the sun set on our first night out from Portland, Maine en route to Annapolis, Maryland, I listened to the forecast, checked GRIBs and knew we were going to be in for a wild ride. A

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Coastal Cruising Meets Passagemaking

After selling their Dufour 35, Namani, the author and her family enjoy a final month aboard during the delivery along the East Australian Coast  (published June 2016) Sailing in Australia can be a lot of things; blue water passagemaking or day hopping, downwind daydreaming or head bashing beats to windward.

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Offshore Anticipation

Preparations for the Bermuda Race are about to commence, but getting ready for an offshore passage isn't unfamiliar territory despite the myriad possibilities that lurk in the future  (published June 2016) I just made my flight reservations. Moondance, the Swan 56 we brought to Spain last June is now in

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Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62

First sea trials aboard hull number one of a rockin' new flagship  (published September 2016) It’s not often that I get the scoop on a new design, much less one that is built across the Atlantic where European builders play their cards close to their vests. So, this summer, I

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