Preparing to Sail South

The fall migration from the East Coast to the Caribbean takes planning and preparation  (published August 2015) Only you can decide whether this is the year to head offshore to the Caribbean for the winter rather than hauling, covering up with a tarp, and generally being landlocked ‘til spring. I’ve

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Heading Back to Sea

It's a familiar theme, but as with all long distance passages, there are-and will be-vast differences.  (published August 2015) It’s early June and another transatlantic passage is about to unfold, this one aboard Moondance, a beautifully maintained Swan 56. For me, it’s my 40th transat; for the seven others on

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Third Time Success

In her third attempt, the 70-year-old author completes a solo, non-stop circumnavigation aboard her 38 foot sloop  (published July 2015) In the darkness of the early hours on Monday, July 8,  2013, Nereida drifted across the finish line at Ogden Point, at the entrance to Victoria harbor, British Columbia, having

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Confessions of a Reluctant Voyager

An experienced sailor finds the inspiration and education he needs to fulfill his passagemaking dreams  (published March 2015) I’m no Magellan, Cook or Ericson. No Chichester, MacArthur or Knox-Johnston. Hardly. I’m a 60-year-old music producer/ad man with a voyage monkey on my back. I’ve read Slocum, Moitessier and the Pardeys.

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Fitting Out for the South Pacific

How we prepared our boat in Mexico to go offshore  (published October 2013) Sailing is pretty basic; as long as the boat floats, has sails to push her, and can be steered in the right direction, you will eventually get where you want to go. Like many cruisers who enjoy

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Accidental Circumnavigation

Part One: A couple's unexpected journey around the world  (published September 2013) I would have never stepped aboard Miss Jody had I known we would end up sailing around the world. My husband Ron, a life-long sailor and racer convinced me to go cruising. Our plan was to sail as

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Uphill to Tahiti

A couple takes the road less traveled across the South Pacific  (published September 2013) In the early 1980s a 25-year-old American named James Baldwin sailed alone around the world in his 28-foot yacht. In his book, Across Oceans and Islands, he wrote, “The sea, especially in its moments of fury,

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Mexico to the Marquesas

A South Pacific dream is fulfilled with a passage west  (published August 2013) Will opened his sleepy eyes and looked at me with a puzzled expression as I burrowed my face in his shoulder and tried to hold back my tears. We were on day four of our crossing of

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Balance Pose

How to strike a balance between cruising and working  (published June 2013) Today’s office is open-air with yellow and orange pillars, a red stone floor and a desk with a bright blue tablecloth. My husband Will sits across from me and behind him a monkey swings back-and-forth in a cage

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