Thanks to Lisa and Norm for this beautiful shot taken while sailing in the British Virgin Islands!
When I got to the helm of the Garcia Exploration 45 (pictured above) the wind was piping up out of the south and boats were sprinting all over the Chesapeake Bay like thoroughbreds just released from behind
the gates at the Preakness. With a full main and jib, we tacked and jibed our way about the Bay while poking around and delving into the boat’s well-conceived design and build meant for any ocean. Had the wind been coming from the other direction, it would have been tempting to sail all the way to the Atlantic.
The following day, with the breeze showing no signs of letting up, a gust of wind hit as I turned the spry Seascape 27 downwind just slightly and our boatspeed jumped from 11 to 14 knots in a matter of seconds. This elicited boisterous hoots and hollers from the crew and I’m sure the GoPro captured a huge smile on my face as I looked back at the stern and our wake to really appreciate how fast we were moving over the water. I still wore that boyish grin hours later as I drove north away from Annapolis. Sailing just has a way of doing that.
Enjoy this week’s edition and look for reviews on both boats in upcoming editions of BWS.
The Marion Bermuda Race and Harraseeket Yacht Club are thrilled to announce a cruising yacht rally from Maine to Marion in advance of the 2015 Marion to Bermuda ...On October 16, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Ed and Ann Piazza of Great Kills on Staten Island, NY have a problem. There’s a big sailboat in their backyard and they can’t get rid of it. ...On October 16, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Brock Callen Jr. insists that sailing 67 miles in five hours on a kiteboard isn’t really that much. “It seems like it is, because it’s on a board, ...On October 9, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
A search has begun to find the final resting place of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour, after a marine archaeologist has said she knows where it is. Kathy Abbass ...On October 9, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
“Game Changer” – The future of satellite communication has arrived.
The all new Iridium GO! with an unlimited data plan for US$125 a month will change the way you communicate offshore. Iridium’s CEO Matthew Desch expressed how their partners were referring to it as a “game changer” for satellite communications. You can wirelessly connect up to 5 smartphones, tablets or computers to the Iridium GO! to make calls, email, get forecast updates and even use social media.
Purchase the Iridium GO! Marine Package from PredictWind today and save 22% off the retail price. This is unbeatable value for remote coastal and offshore sailors.
Here’s another great tip from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com… Could sailing be safer on coastal or offshore ...On October 1, 2014 / By Andrew Cross
Learn how to take the drama out of your dream, from choosing the right boat to sailing away together in ...On September 17, 2014 / By Andrew Cross