Thanks to Mark Gordon of Amicus Adventure Sailing for this awesome shot of four cruising kids blowing their conch shells at sunset in Abaco, Bahamas!
After a week on the hard, Yahtzee had been back in the water for less than 24 hours and we just had to go for a sail. It didn’t matter that our mainsail wasn’t back from the sailmaker, that she really wasn’t tidied up from time spent in the boatyard and that we weren’t back on Puget Sound yet. When the breeze is fresh and the sun is shining, the decision is an easy one — we sail.
Seattle’s Lake Union provided the perfect playground and a friend and I decided to take the kids out for the morning. We sailed the small city lake south to downtown and back up to Gas Works Park where we tacked back and forth in the widest patch of water we could find. For a while we were the only sailboat out on the water and at one point I sat back, breathed in the fresh air and exhaled all the work and frustration out from the previous week in the boatyard. It was a fitting conclusion.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
In a laboratory in the north of England, a group of scientists are playing God — or at least, they’re brewing up an almighty storm. At the Extreme ...On February 25, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
There was a time when, among the boating crowd, the phrase “a Hinckley” conjured up visions of elegant sailing yachts with graceful sheerlines, long overhangs, powerful rigs and ...On February 25, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
11 Years and Still Going Strong with Coppercoat: What’s on your bottom?
This Catalina 27 has finished its 10th year sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with Coppercoat on the bottom and will be starting the 11th season in the spring. This spring it will need a 6-inch touchup on the keel, which will be the first touchup for this boat since applying the Coppercoat 11 years ago. What’s on the bottom of your boat?
Find out more at Coppercoatusa.com
Offshore Passage Opportunities has entered five boats in the ARC USA Rally from Tortola to Newport. The Rally is from May 9th to 25th. OPO has joined forces with the ARC Rally to offer amateur sailors the opportunity to sail a Swan in one of the World’s Premier Events. You can sail aboard a Swan 57, Swan 53, either of two Swan 46′s and a Beneteau 50 skippered by Tania Aebi of Maiden Voyage fame.
Join us for a fantastic classic trade wind sail from Tortola, BVI to Newport this May. Sail on a Swan with a pro skipper on a very affordable first time offshore passage. We start in warm trade wind conditions and end with a challenging 2nd leg crossing of the Gulf Stream and arrival in Newport by the Memorial Day Weekend Holiday. For more information visit www.sailopo.com.
Here are some more great navigation tips from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com… Imagine sailing along the coast ...On February 25, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Here’s a helpful article from BWS publisher & editor George Day on what to look for during your annual diesel engine ...On February 18, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Here are some great sail trim tips from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… What sailing control gets overlooked ...On February 11, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Here’s another great set of tips from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com that will help you navigate safely… ...On February 4, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
When cold weather conspires to keep boaters off the water, it’s time to move inside by the fire and ...On January 28, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
The Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show is underway at McCormick Place and there is a full lineup ...On January 14, 2015 / By Andrew Cross