When To Go

Picking a favorable weather window from the east coast of the United States to the Virgin Islands  (published April 2016) The hardest part about the passage from the east coast of the U.S. to the Caribbean in November is making the best decision about when to leave the dock. The

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Galley Guide: Sprouting and Yogurt Making

Over the years, and much experimentation, I have adopted two regular galley activities that not only keep meals interesting but, most importantly, give our diets a healthy boost; sprouting and yogurt making  (published April 2016) I am always searching for ways to expand and enrich the menu onboard while keeping

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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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Fitting Out

Readying a small boat for a Pacific crossing  (published December 2015) Outfitting a boat for an ocean crossing is no easy task. Like so many aspects of cruising, every decision represents a trade-off: cost versus utility, safety versus comfort, savings versus preparedness. Given a finite amount of space, what should

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Kite Crosses the Indian Ocean

The southern Indian Ocean has a nasty reputation for strong winds, large seas and quickly changing weather systems  (published October 2015) At a chandlery in Langkawi, an island off the coast of northwest Malaysia, we found a stack of second-hand jibs and mainsails in a corner. The owner said he

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Galapagos Cruising

How to navigate the various government agencies  (published September 2015) Every sailor, naturalist and even school kids have a vision of what the Galapagos is like. Giant land tortoises, islands topped by isolated volcanoes, Darwin’s finches flying through the bushes and sea iguanas heading out to sea for breakfast, not

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The Inevitability of Problems

It's a virtual certainty that problems will arise at sea. Solutions are not always as inevitable. The goal is to minimize the number and severity of the problems and handle them with grace and composure.  (published September 2015) Spain or bust: as always, it could have gone either way. Prior

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