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Yea Water, Yea Happy – How The Water Lifts Our Spirits

Originally published in Maine, Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine, January 2015 Last summer I was teaching an Outward Bound course in a pulling boat off the coast of Maine when the students lost their way in the thick fog. My co-instructor and I told them to stop sailing, drop the anchor, and figure out where […]

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Getting to Know You Rocinante

A Look at the boat in more detail begins with pulling the chainplates and rebuilding the windlass. Last spring’s “shake down” from Panama to Maine went off without a hitch. Before we left, we checked the boat pretty carefully, but didn’t tackle anything except the essentials. After 3,000 miles, and some of the biggest waves […]

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March Madness – Still Snowing, Lots To Do

In an effort to share a little bit more of the day to day, I’ll be posting some shorter posts here chronicling our journey…hopefully not in a lackluster fashion. hen I lived aboard Elizabeth during the winter in Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island – March was about when you begin to go mad. Winter Mad. […]

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What Scares You While Sailing?

I had the opportunity to speak on the women sailors panel moderated by Pam Wall at the Chicago Boat Show. A question was asked of the panel, “As a woman, what is it that scares you while sailing?” I was thankful that I was the last to respond to the question. While everyone else shared […]

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Spaceships, Rock Bands and Namesakes

It is about time we tell you all why we have named our boat Rocinante. Nope, she is not named after Don Quixote’s work horse. Our boat is named after a spaceship. (I never thought I would utter those words together in one sentence. Ever.) Yes it’s true, Rocinante’s namesake comes from the story told […]

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Sailing A Serious Ocean

I can’t actually remember when I first learned about this crazy sailor guy named John Kretschmer. But I do remember that I instantly liked him. I picked up his book, Cape Horn To Starboard and read it faster than I had read any other book, besides Green Eggs & Ham. John and I met in […]

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What? Ocean Conservation at a Boat Show!

I’ll be speaking at the Chicago Boat Show. But I won’t be taking the typical approach and giving a seminar on sail handling, anchor skills, or an awesome voyage I did. Instead I’ll be talking about ocean conservation and how being an active advocate and conscious citizen can enrich your sailing life. Awesome! I’m so […]

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Sailing at Night: Can You See in the Dark?

By understanding how your eyes work in low-light conditions, you can ensure that your vision doesn’t fail you when you most need it. The sun is just about to touch the horizon and you’ve spent the last hour setting up extra safety precautions for night sailing. You’ve connected a strobe light to your MOB ring. […]

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