Easting Puerto Rico

A sailing route less traveled by made all the difference  (published September 2016) We continued our beat to windward, leaving Isla Saona, Dominican Republic for Puerto Rico. Crossing the southern end of the Mona Passage, one of course has to pick a good weather window. We set waypoints for clearing

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Dominican Republic, A Country of Contrasts

Here began our tour of the contrasts of the Dominican Republic as we cruised from small fishing villages to bustling cities  (published August 2016) Departing Ile ‘a Vache Haiti, we sailed 140 nautical miles along the southern coast of Hispaniola to make first land in the Dominican Republic (D.R.) at

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Our Final Sail

The decision to switch from a symmetrical spinnaker to a Parasailor proved to be the right one for this cruising couple aboard their Pearson 424  (published June 2016) About six months before leaving for full time cruising, we decided to spend some time practicing with our spinnaker. We had almost

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Leaving the Bahamas-Take Bruce or Frank

Deciding the best possible route to leave the Bahamas  (published May 2016) As we proceeded south through the Bahamas, we made the inevitable stopover in George Town. It was still early in the season, but the forest of masts that greeted us was immense already.  The self-appointed statistician of the

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Making a Visual Commotion

A guide to everything you should know about visual communication  (published March 2016) From our boat anchored alone between cities off the Indian River on July 4th, with NASA’s iconic vehicle assembly building to our east, we enjoyed at least 10 fireworks shows. Complementing the professional shows were any number

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Get A Grip!

Stronger deck handles and no varnishing  (published September 2015) A wise sailor once said to me, “sand or sail”.  All his topside teak was unvarnished, gray, but functional. (He on the other hand was varnished, gray, and moderately functional).  Having invested the time and effort of a full paint job,

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The Queen Goes Digital

How we assissted, purchased and upgraded our electronics with the past, present and future in mind  (published January 2015) After three and a half years in a Colorado cornfield, the complete restoration and refit of our Pearson 424 ketch, Regina Oceani (Queen of the Ocean), was almost complete. Trucked 2,000

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