Sailing to Bermuda: Weather Planning

We left Fishing Bay at around 1500. A few hours after we planned, but for good reason. There were some last minute projects to take care of… final installation of the Monitor control lines, pad eyes for better dinghy lashing angles as well as going over sea-cock locations and our new Viking 8 Person Liferaft deployment […]

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Video: Near Gale Sailing

With Joaquin threatening to interrupt our Morse Alpha Sail-training passage by forecasting landfall on the New England coast (in more than one of the models), we knew we needed to be prepared for the worst, which meant getting to a solid hurricane hole. Still, the sail would be tough. We carefully measured the conditions – […]

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Right Sized Boating

VOYAGING ON A BOAT is a good metaphor for the voyage of life. Stowage space is minimal, requiring the distilling down of possessions to only the most important. Things that break easily, have no useful purpose, or have to be carefully handled are left behind. The same principle that applies to possessions also applies to relationships and activities. For activities this means clearing out the […]

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Why Cruising Isn’t Enough

Most of my sailing life has been in education. I’ve spent many years teaching teens, adults, men, and women how to sail coastal, offshore, in big ships, in tiny lifeboats. One day I thought – there must be something more. So, I decided to purchase Daphne and move aboard. My goal was to experience life at sea […]

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Inquiry Is a Far Greater Adventure

After only about a year of cruising, I was introduced to the idea of BCS – or – bored cruiser syndrome. Yes, apparently this exists. Sailors get bored?! Evidently, aside from a few variations in color, the horizon tends to look the same no matter what day of the passage it is. This in fact […]

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The Knot You Never Thought You Needed

The best knot stays tied when you need it to, and easily loosens when you’re ready to untie it. Each knot has a special purpose and function. Knots that require tension, such as a sheepshank, will fall apart when slackened. A knot improperly tensioned will capsize or bend out of shape

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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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