Doublehanding for the Distance

Shorthanded sailing presents both benefits and difficulties. Most of the difficulties can be overcome with a little forethought. Establishing a good watch system lays the foundation for problem avoidance as well as problem solving.  (published April 2016) Consensus thinking often leads one to believe that fewer crew implies fewer logistical

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Gaining an Understanding

Regardless of what you're trying to accomplish as a team or crew, clear communications is central to success  (published March 2016) Anchored off a lee shore the wind began to build around 2:00 a.m. The catamaran’s anchor had been well set in good holding ground, but as the seas stacked

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Another Uncertain Outcome

Getting a 48' Gunboat catamaran to Cape Hatteras in mid-December might seem like a good idea to some folks, but it could leave a great deal of risk to the imagination  (published February 2016) Anjella, a Gunboat 48 I helped to move north from Cape Town, South Africa ten years

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Digging Into the Bag of Tricks

As technology continues to drive deeper into our lives, it's important to remember that an elegant simplicity still exists with the traditional navigational tools and solutions  (published January 2016) I’m scrambling. With one and a half days before I fly to France for another transatlantic passage, I’m deeply immersed in

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Island Bound

Heading to the Caribbean from the East Coast always incurs the bitter and sweet reality of a Gulf Stream crossing. It will certainly have elements of one or the other  (published November 2015) Whether racing or delivering boats to or from New England or further south along the East Coast,

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Black Clouds on the Horizon

Sunshine and blue skies: they're the hallmark of another terrific day spent sailing on moderate blue seas, and they account for the vast majority of days at sea. There are, however, exceptions.  (published October 2015) Seeker was a well-found sloop with a few miles under her keel. The year before,

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The Inevitability of Problems

It's a virtual certainty that problems will arise at sea. Solutions are not always as inevitable. The goal is to minimize the number and severity of the problems and handle them with grace and composure.  (published September 2015) Spain or bust: as always, it could have gone either way. Prior

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Heading Back to Sea

It's a familiar theme, but as with all long distance passages, there are-and will be-vast differences.  (published August 2015) It’s early June and another transatlantic passage is about to unfold, this one aboard Moondance, a beautifully maintained Swan 56. For me, it’s my 40th transat; for the seven others on

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Maintaining a Weather Eye

Weather forecasts can be right or wrong, but the sooner you can recognize the difference, the sooner you can take appropriate action  (published July 2015) A couple of weeks ago we were tasked to move a Hinckley 64 from the Turks and Caicos to her home port in Martha’s Vineyard.

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