Sailboat Cruising

Whether you’re looking for insights into the best cruising grounds of the East Coast, West Coast, Caribbean or Great Lakes, or the latest in tips and techniques for doing everything aboard from set the anchor to fix your engine, recover a man-overboard victim or trim your sails, our editors and contributors have the answers.

Rousmaniere has put in many hard miles under sail. Photo Credit-Chip Adams


An Interview with John Rousmaniere

John Rousmaniere is a titan of yachting journalism, having written hundreds of articles and several books on sailing and seamanship.    He was an onboard reporter for both the 1972 Bermuda Race and the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race, races in which both fleets experienced extreme heavy weather. Rousmaniere’s book Fastnet: Force 10 helped create change Read More

The author works with Anna on her reading skills in a Tierra del Fuego anchorage


Homeschooling on the High Seas

If you’re planning to set sail for a year with your kids, you have one narrow goal—to keep up so your children will be able to rejoin their friends when they return. For kids in kindergarten to eighth grade, this usually means studying math, a bit of writing, a lot of free reading and they’ll Read More



Liveaboard Winter Storm Checklist

If you have lived aboard in a colder climate then you know what can happen if you aren’t prepared for a storm. I had to learn the hard way, my first year as a liveaboard, in Boston during the harsh winter of 2015. It wasn’t until my sink was full of dishes and I was Read More

Photo by Paul Humann


Citizen Science, Sailors and the State of Our Oceans

As a child, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say, decisively, a marine biologist. Did I have any clue what a marine biologist was? Not really. I was only 5. But it sounded smart and had something to do with the water and seals. Today, however, Read More

Photos courtesy of Andy Schell


An Interview with Magnus Rassy

Magnus Rassy is the CEO of Hallberg-Rassy yachts in Sweden and the son of the venerable company’s founder. Hallberg-Rassy has a fascinating family history that Magnus is an integral part of. Andy Schell sat down with him aboard the flagship HR 64 in Sweden last year to talk about Magnus’ upbringing, his nine boats all Read More



VOE: An Unexpected Storm Tests Boat and Crew

Last August, my wife, Lily, and I took ownership of our 2011 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409, Summerwind, in St Martin, and set sail toward her new home in Stuart, Florida. After lengthy stopovers in St Croix and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic—the latter to wait out Hurricane Otto—I was joined by my close friend Read More

The author’s  swollen nose, dressed with a Band-Aid after he clubbed himself with a winch handle


Self-Inflicted Wounds— Keep a Good Medical Kit

When I was younger and more invincible I didn’t think much about medical emergencies on boats. The first time I headed offshore on a boat of my own it never occurred to me to assemble a medical kit, until a sailing buddy of mine, a doctor, asked about it just a few days before my Read More



An Interview with John Kretschmer

John Kretschmer is a professional sailor and writer who has logged more than 300,000 offshore sailing miles, including 20 transatlantic and two transpacific passages. He is the author of At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting with Mermaids, and Cape Horn to Starboard, all seagoing classics. He teaches aspiring bluewater voyagers in seminars, lectures and training Read More



Eight Bells: Marine Photographer Robert Grieser

Robert Grieser, a legendary marine photographer, passed away on January 31 in San Diego, Calif., after a prolonged battle with illness. He was 70 years “young.” “Bobby G,” as he was known to all, grew up on the Chesapeake Bay loving the outdoor life. He was a photographer at the Washington Star newspaper in Washington, Read More

Seas try to climb aboard as Sailors Run approaches the Horn


Jeff Hartjoy’s Solo Circumnavigation: Cape Horn—part 2

In Part 2 of our series, JEFF HARTJOY continues his quest to become the oldest American to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. On board his 40 Baba 40 ketch Sailors Run, the intrepid 69-year-old sailor is now approaching Cape Horn… Day 20 — Dodging Squalls 24hr run: 151nm. Position: 32°00’S, 115°47’W. Wind: Read More