Victoria to San Diego

Mahina Tiare's crew settles in for a journey south along the U.S. Pacific coast  (published February 2017) March 23, 0115 hrs, 44.53 N, 124.38 W, Log: 180,947 miles Baro: 1010.1, Cabin Temp: 66 F (furnace is on low), Cockpit: 50 F, Sea Water: 55 F Close-hauled at 5-6 kts under

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Risk Management

A seasoned offshore sailor and business consultant takes a systematic approach to managing risk for those heading off passagemaking  (published February 2017) November is not the best month for sailing from the U.S. East Coast to the Caribbean, but for lots of reasons, that’s when most of us sail down.

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Decision Time

All of the weather forecasts from multiple sources indicated a likely and potentially dangerous passage. The real question was whether or not we would have the courage to stay tied to the dock or would ego and momentum keep us moving towards departure  (published October 2016) I still have a

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Passages South

How to plan a fall passage from the East Coast to the tropics  (published September 2016) Several falls ago, I found myself aboard Peter Johnstone’s 68-foot sled Mojo headed south from Newport, RI to Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. We had caught the tail end of a fresh cold front

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Dealing with a Hurricane

Tropical weather systems, and hurricanes in particular, have their own idiosyncrasies. Understanding them can help us deal with them more effectively. Misunderstanding them can be a disaster  (published September 2016) It was 7:30 p.m on a Sunday evening. The phone rang. Lia Ditton, a woman with whom I have sailed

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Fumbling for Solutions

If you’re attempting to address a medical emergency and you’re not prepared, you’re already too late  (published August 2016) Six months before we were scheduled to take Moondance across the North Atlantic, we began to assign tasks and areas of responsibility to the people scheduled to be onboard. Those responsible

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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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