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That Cruising State of Mind
After two and half years of bringing you Cruising Compass every week, our intrepid and capable editor, Tatja, is taking a sabbatical for a few months. So, I will step in and try to fill her sea boots. Cruising Compass is now in its eleventh year and we have more than 25,000 readers across North America and around the world. Thank you for sailing with us.
This week I had a phone call with our regular Blue Water Sailing columnist Heather Francis who was home in Canada for the first time in five years. Her boat is on the hard in the Philippines for the typhoon season. Arriving in North America was a shock. Life here is so fast and materialistic, she noted, and everyone seems so frantic. This is from the perspective of her cruising state of mind –mellowed over 10 years– that emphasizes simplicity, self reliance, living in the moment, spontaneity, curiosity and a close relationship with the natural world. I remember that shock well from the year following our return as a family from our own five-year circumnavigation. And I know now, that once you get into that cruising state of mind, even when you are thrust back into the workaday world, you never really come all the way home. And, that’s a good thing.
One of our favorite websites is www.noonsite.com that was created by Jimmy Cornell and is now owned by the World Cruising Association. Here’s the lead in to the ...On August 15, 2017 / By George Day
Beige sailing yachts and bright green t-shirts dominated the waterfront this past week-end as the 16th Biennial Maine Island Packet Rendezvous hosted by Norm & Mary Pierce of ...On August 15, 2017 / By George Day
Solo sailor Mervyn Wheatley set out from Plymouth for Newport, Rhode Island on 29 May this year with stirring tunes belting out from his beloved Tamarind, the Formosa 42 ...On August 15, 2017 / By George Day
The disappearance of Malaysian Air flight MH370, which vanished in March 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board, remains one of the ...On August 8, 2017 / By Tatja Hopman
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Here’s a great article from Daniel Collins on how to get the most from your video cameras while sailing… ...On August 1, 2017 / By Andrew Cross
New Jeannneau Sun Odyssey 440
The small wooden sailboat rocked at its mooring in Naskeag Harbor as a motor boat from The WoodenBoat School pulled quietly ...On July 18, 2017 / By Tatja Hopman
Whereas long-term cruisers develop various communication strategies over time, offshore communication has always been a challenge for occasional passagemakers ...On August 15, 2017 / By George Day
This Doug Zurn 52 foot concept is designed as an offshore capable fast cruiser for a couple, couple with guests, or small family. The perfectly proportioned sweeping sheer ...On June 27, 2017 / By Tatja Hopman
MSY in Germany has started construction of a fascinating 72 ft explorer, ordered by the Siemens Foundation in Switzerland. This ultra-clean, wind-powered research vessel will be used worldwide ...On June 13, 2017 / By Tatja Hopman
Grab your fins and get your mask fog-proof ready because we’re kicking our way through nature’s island-hopping paradise to ...On August 15, 2017 / By George Day
Sailors for the Sea announced today that the Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race is the first youth regatta in the world to achieve Platinum Level Clean Regatta ...On August 1, 2017 / By Tatja Hopman