Get Experienced

Five offshore adventures that will build your blue water skills and may change your life  (published August 2014) There is no better way to build the skills and confidence you need for safe passagemaking and extended cruising than by making long offshore passages with  experienced instructors.  Here are five ways

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Knowledge is Freedom

How upper-level cruising courses can take your passagemaking skills to new distances  (published August 2014) Somewhere between Tortola and St. Martin I sat on the leeward side of the cockpit on a windy, pitch-black night and dropped a blinking strobe light into an empty one-gallon water jug and then sealed

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The World’s Top Charter Regions

Explore the world under sail, one charter vacation at a time  (published August 2014) Caribbean: The B.V.I. is the charter Mecca and is a perfect cruising ground well set up for weeklong charters. Farther afield, the Windward and Leeward Isles offer great sailing and interesting island nations. Antigua and the

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Cruising Norway

An armchair sailor's dream charter comes true  (published April 2014) It all began one cold and snowy winter day in the northeast while watching an episode of “Distant Shores” that included a section on the Shard's voyage to Norway. A few days later a reference to a new digital version

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Before the Mast

Sailing on a tall ship or schooner can be a thrilling, life changing experience  (published March 2014) There is something exhilarating, fascinating and even romantic about sailing on a tall ship or traditional schooner. Maybe it is the deep history of explorers traveling across oceans to find new lands, or

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Please Go Away…Sailing, That is

(published March 2014) Sailing on other peoples’ boats (chartering) for a summer vacation somewhere you have always dreamed of exploring is a great way to experience something new.  Even if you have your own boat at home, chartering opens up doors to experiences that you may never have otherwise.   

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10 Days in the B.V.I.

Here's a quick guide to 10 days in the world's favorite chartering playground  (published December 2013) The British Virgin Islands were created to be a charter destination. There are dozens of protected anchorages. The wind is usually fair and mild. The beaches are beautiful and the reefs fun to snorkel

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Winter Charter Season Deals

How to get the best deals on your Caribbean charter vacation this winter  (published October 2013) The Caribbean is the world’s most popular place to charter a sailboat and among the many islands, the British Virgin Islands are home to the vast majority of the boats and the largest crowds

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Which Island is the Best?

Experienced Caribbean Island hoppers answer an unexpected question  (published September 2013) Get a group of cruisers together and the word “best” will be mentioned frequently: the best type of anchor, the best chartplotter, the best weather and routing advice, the best storm tactics. But when we recently mentioned that we

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Sailing Expeditions

From learn-t0-voyage experiences to Antarctic adventures, there are lots of ways to fill your sea boots with salt water  (published August 2013) Most of us don’t sail our own boat to the high latitudes or across oceans, but that shouldn’t stop us from having these experiences on other people’s ocean

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