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

Teresa Carey Words 8 Comments

Originally published in Maine, Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine, January 2015 ast 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 they were. We sat quietly …

What Scares You While Sailing?

Teresa Carey Words 42 Comments

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 their answers I wracked my …

Sailing A Serious Ocean

Ben Eriksen Carey Words 12 Comments

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 person that same day I …

Sailing at Night: Can You See in the Dark?

Teresa Carey Words 3 Comments

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. Every crew member on deck …

The Level of Expectation

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Solo sailing has always been a significant part of my sailing education. No other type of sailing even compares to the growth and challenge provided by long-distance solo sailing. When I sold Daphne my biggest concern was that I would lose the skills and perspective that I had developed while on my two-year solo voyage. Benji shared the same concern …

Sailing In The Fog – What You Need To Know And Do

Ben Eriksen Carey Words 1 Comment

Sound Signals and VHF Protocol in the Fog Our recent 3 day Morse Alpha sail training expedition in beautiful Maine offered a wide variety of sailing conditions. We saw gusts to 30 knots the first day out, thick fog the second, and light winds the third. The perfect course… a little bit of everything, couldn’t have planned it better myself. We had fun tucking in …

Are ASA and US Sailing Courses Really Worth It?

Teresa Carey Words 31 Comments

UPDATE!!  Several people asked two great questions: Q: What is a “sailing resume?” Q: If you don’t offer a certification, do your courses offer something to verify the experience and skills gained? I answered YOUR questions at the bottom! Thanks for asking! Ben and I have over 25 years of combined sail training experience. I began teaching sailing professionally at …