Pirate Attack

In the Gulf of Vietnam, they were chased by pirates and barely got away. Here's what happened and what they learned  (published May 2017) “Rebecca, QUICK, I need another flare from the hanging locker!”     The jib alone was just barely pulling Brick House southward at a pace slower

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Northward Bound

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

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Before the Wind

There are a number of options for comfortably running downwind  (published March 2017) There is nothing quite so awesome as a warm breeze at your back, your biggest spinnaker pulling strong and the horizon ahead in a wide arc like outstretched arms just waiting for you. That’s the way it

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Victoria to San Diego

Mahina Tiare's crew settles in for a journey south along the U.S. Pacific coast  (published February 2017) March 23, 0115 hrs, 44.53 N, 124.38 W, Log: 180,947 miles Baro: 1010.1, Cabin Temp: 66 F (furnace is on low), Cockpit: 50 F, Sea Water: 55 F Close-hauled at 5-6 kts under

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Risk Management

A seasoned offshore sailor and business consultant takes a systematic approach to managing risk for those heading off passagemaking  (published February 2017) November is not the best month for sailing from the U.S. East Coast to the Caribbean, but for lots of reasons, that’s when most of us sail down.

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Decision Time

All of the weather forecasts from multiple sources indicated a likely and potentially dangerous passage. The real question was whether or not we would have the courage to stay tied to the dock or would ego and momentum keep us moving towards departure  (published October 2016) I still have a

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Passages South

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

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