(published August 2016) We have a lot of favorites in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, but Urupukapuka is the one place that had it all: protected anchorages, sandy beaches, and idyllic hikes. We’d been intrigued by the melodious name ever since we first visited the area during a week-long sailing
After selling their Dufour 35, Namani, the author and her family enjoy a final month aboard during the delivery along the East Australian Coast (published June 2016) Sailing in Australia can be a lot of things; blue water passagemaking or day hopping, downwind daydreaming or head bashing beats to windward.
Funny how the beginning and end of a voyage can parallel each other, even when they're three years and thousands of miles apart (published April 2016) In 2011, when I set off from the U.S. East Coast for Panama with my husband and eight year old son, the greatest complicating
On paper, crossing the Pacific in one season seemed like a perfectly good plan. But once there, we were like kids in a candy store: everything looked so good. We wanted it all! So when the chance came to decelerate our cruise from a two year run into a three
Readying a small boat for a Pacific crossing (published December 2015) Outfitting a boat for an ocean crossing is no easy task. Like so many aspects of cruising, every decision represents a trade-off: cost versus utility, safety versus comfort, savings versus preparedness. Given a finite amount of space, what should
The author and her family find paradise on the South Pacific island of Suwarrow (published July 2015) Cruising can be a game of connect the dots, and for most of the Coconut Milk Run, sailors choices are fairly straightforward. The Marquesas can be cruised from windward to leeward in a
How to step from casual cruiser to successful blue water sailor (published January 2015) Day sailors with big dreams might leaf through the pages of sailing magazines and wonder how to work their way up to an ocean crossing. It’s a question my husband and I often asked ourselves and
Sydney's Second Harbor (published December 2014) We’ve all seen images of Sydney’s stunning harbor, with its iconic opera house and coathanger bridge. But just 20 miles north is an equally special place called Broken Bay. We spent two happy weeks pottering around that aquatic playground and quickly grew to appreciate
Finding the best of what this beautiful island kingdom has to offer (published November 2014) Apparently, we had it all wrong. The best thing about Tonga is not the sailing. No! The true highlight of this island kingdom is in fact, a Tongan feast. This message was continuously reinforced from
Working while cruising, can the two mix? (published October 2014) Sounds good, doesn’t it: working as you cruise around the globe. Many sailors fantasize about such an arrangement, but just how viable is it to work while you cruise? What are the risks and the limitations? What are the rewards?