Niue Yacht Club Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

(published February 2017) Twenty five years ago, a few volunteers, both Niuean and ex-pats, shared a vision to provide safe moorings that would encourage cruisers to sail to Niue during their voyages in the South Pacific. In the intervening years, we have had over 3,500 yachts with approximately 12,000 crew

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Hove-To in Minerva Reef

After days of sailing through heavy wind and weather in the South Pacific, a stop at Minerva Reef offers a chance to regroup  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) We’re about 800 miles north of New Zealand, six days into our sail to Tonga with more wind, wilder waves, and more violent squalls

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Exposed in the Tropics

A cruising couple benefit from a little shade  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) We admire intrepid cruisers, captains and crew intent on sailing high latitudes, enduring chilly challenges around distant windswept capes. But my wife, Catherine, and I have little interest in exploring regions that require anything more than board shorts and

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Pacific Personalities

The vast Pacific contains some of the most remote pockets of humanity on earth. With many islands hundreds or even a thousand miles from their nearest neighbors, the small communities we have found during our off-the-beaten track sailing contain a decidedly self-sufficient outlook. In many of these places, one or

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Marquesas Landfall

Most of us who cross the Pacific to French Polynesia are doing the passage for the first time. It is the first step of the euphemistically named Pacific Puddle Jump or the Coconut Milk Run  (published October 2015) Whether you leave from Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica or the U.S.

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Putting Penrhyn on the Map

Discovering Penrhyn atoll in the Cook Islands starts by learning where it is  (published March 2015) Type “Penrhyn” into Google and you’ll get back a list of things to do in a small town in North Wales, UK. When we were in Bora Bora, South Pacific, that wasn’t much help

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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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Sailing Back in Time

Tanna, Vanuatu offers a land of natural wonder and hospitable people  (published September 2013) Active volcanoes, dense forests, pristine bays, rugged mountains, cyclones, earthquakes, ash plains, bamboo huts, chiefs, pigs, kava, cannibalism, cargo cults and malaria. It feels as though we’ve sailed back in time to arrive when the Earth

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Connecting the Dots in the South Pacific

The author and her family find paradise on the South Pacific island of Suwarrow  (published July 2015) Cruising can be a game of connect the dots, and for most of the Coconut Milk Run, sailors choices are fairly straightforward. The Marquesas can be cruised from windward to leeward in a

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