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How to Ring in The New Year

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I love New Years. I’m almost certain it is my favorite holiday. I don’t like to stay up late, I don’t love fireworks, and I’m not a drinker, but still – I love celebrating the new year. It all began six years ago when I made a resolution and stuck with it. I designed the resolution to be something where …

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#GivingTuesday

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I’ve been on both sides of #GivingTuesday – as a fundraiser asking for donations, and as a donor, supporting a cause, a creative project, or just a friend. I know how hard it is to ask and also how hard it is to give. I’ve benefited from the outcomes of a successful fundraiser – such as a clean beach, a …

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Sailing to Bermuda: Weather Planning

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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 procedures with our crew. Plus …

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Video: Near Gale Sailing

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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 – wind direction, fetch, wave height, …

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Right Sized Boating

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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 meaningless hustle and bustle, and living …

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Why Cruising Isn’t Enough

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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 alone—forging a close relationship with …

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Inquiry Is a Far Greater Adventure

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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 may be the reason that …