Sailing Sabbatical

Why I decided to sail around the world after college graduation  (published October 2017) Senior year of college is a poignant time, filled with nostalgia and excitement about the future, but it is also very stressful. Professors, friends, strangers, and most relentlessly, parents, anyone who knows you are about to

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Landfall

The rhythms of daily life change after being at sea for three weeks  (published August 2017)     On the 21st morning of our passage I wake long before the alarm goes off for my 0600 watch. The early morning air is warm so I dress lightly in a short

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Jeanneau 51

(published April 2017) When I woke just after dawn and checked the weather app on my phone, I could see we were in for a storm. The radar showed a massive squall line that reached from Cuba in the south all the way to Jacksonville in the north and it

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Sailing Blue Nun

Circumnavigators downsize to a smaller cruising boat and find themselves asking , "when is small too small?"  (published March 2017) Looking back, Frenchman Bay in Downeast Maine was a fitting place for Tom and me to open the third leg in our cruising career. This was the part where we

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The Right Way to Cruise

(published March 2017) We were in the final days of preparing to depart for our voyage south from California, where we purchased Kate, when we met a couple who were in the final leg of their latest trip. I don’t remember their names but do recall that they were in

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Expecting the Unexpected in Indonesia

Nothing is ever as it seems. At least, not in the cruising world. This is a revelation every cruiser comes to at some point or another in their travels. For me, the land that taught me to expect the unexpected, to revel in the unpredictable, was none other than the

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Year One

From landlubber to liveaboard  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) I had been dating my boyfriend for just a few months when, over a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner, I shared my desire for adventure and change. “Well, I actually have the perfect tool for that,” he said, referring to his Downeaster 32-ft. sailboat.

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Hove-To in Minerva Reef

After days of sailing through heavy wind and weather in the South Pacific, a stop at Minerva Reef offers a chance to regroup  (published Dec/Jan 2016-17) We’re about 800 miles north of New Zealand, six days into our sail to Tonga with more wind, wilder waves, and more violent squalls

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Dominican Republic, A Country of Contrasts

Here began our tour of the contrasts of the Dominican Republic as we cruised from small fishing villages to bustling cities  (published August 2016) Departing Ile ‘a Vache Haiti, we sailed 140 nautical miles along the southern coast of Hispaniola to make first land in the Dominican Republic (D.R.) at

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Salty Super Cruiser CNB 76

The new 76-foot cruising sloop from France’s CNB in Bordeaux, provides superb sailing performance in a luxury yacht that will turn heads  (published August 2016) Newport, Rhode Island is no stranger to luxury sailing yachts. All summer long super cruisers and mega yachts come and go without causing much fuss

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