When compared to other tropical cruising paradises, French Polynesia is the least likely to suffer hurricanes or cyclones (published March 2018) After the devastating 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean basin and Gulf of Mexico with estimates of 63,000 boat destroyed or damaged, many boaters are thinking about safety related
Technically the hurricane season is behind us. The reality is that while some of the devastation remains in some places, the weather will be idyllic in the Caribbean again this winter (published January/February 2018) It was a particularly rough fall for many of the islands in the Caribbean. Hurricanes mercilessly
Cruising sailor, yacht broker, surveyor and author Todd Duff was there and so was the Amel 53 Ocean Life that he used to live aboard (published Nov/Dec 2017) BWS: When you knew Irma was going to hit Tortola, what precautions did you take for your boat, your house and yourselves?
The numbers aren't all in yet, but we already know that one year does not necessarily make a trend (published Nov/Dec 2017) For many, the hurricane results of 2017 have been horrific. That is undeniable and a statement which should add caution to our actions in the future. Frantic TV
Daylight lengthens, and rumor has it that the weather is getting warmer further to the north. It's time to leave the tropics in favor of northern summers (published May 2017) Aquamarine water and pastel sunrises, warm breezes amidst softly swaying palm trees and the sound of tree frogs chirping: it
Weather can change in the blink of an eye or slowly over time. But if you sail often enough and long enough, sooner or later you will get more wind than you ever wanted. Preparation and training will help you cope with that reality (published March 2017) It was only
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
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
Where do you hide when summer storms threaten? (published September 2016) If you need a seasonal respite from cruising, the lovely island of Grenada is just the ticket. Just about 12 degrees north latitude, this mountainous and lush island hides natural hurricane holes among the bays of its southern coast.
Celador was spending the summer sailing in the Greek islands in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Little did we suspect that this cruise would include a lesson from weather school. Our topic: the meltemi (published May 2016) The islands of the Cyclades group are roughly arranged in an elongated