Out of Lisbon in the Gulf of Cadiz tonight and southbound for Tangier, with 20 to 25 knots of wind o...
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At 0500 on the stormy morning of December 2, 2010, the Multi50 trimaran Region Aquitaine-Port Medoc, en route from Guadeloupe to France, was hit by a violent squall and capsized in mid-Atlantic, 1,000 miles from land. Skipper Lalou Rocayrol and his crew were soon rescued by a passing freighter and the boat was never seen Read More
We had always said some day we would do it. That day had come, and Rob and I were on board our 38ft steel sloop, Il Silenzio, cruising the Fiji Islands and enjoying an idyllic island summer while most cruisers headed for the cooler waters around Australia and New Zealand, away from the hazards of Read More
At the end of the third day of our Intermediate Coastal Skipper course in Canada’s Gulf Islands, the four of us—three students and one instructor—anchored our Jeanneau 35 charter boat in Clam Bay, a quiet spot between Thetis and Penelakut islands. Snugging down for the night, we put a snubber on the anchor chain, put Read More
Generally speaking, the Caribbean is a safe place to sail—petty theft is not uncommon, and you only have yourself to blame if you don’t lock your dinghy, outboard and gas tank together when ashore—but sometimes worse things happen. Over Christmas week last year, two cruising boats were boarded by pirates in the Leeward islands. Both Read More
A few years back I made the decision to ditch my pressure-cooker job in favor of a midlife sailing hiatus. I went searching for my floating getaway machine, and given my modest economic status at the time, one name kept popping up: Catalina. “They sail well, and you get a lot of boat for your Read More
A Bilges can be mucky places, so make sure there’s enough slack in pipes and cables to get blocked pumps out. B A plastic crate with garden mesh at the bottom creates both a filter for fine particulates that can catch any soap and hair, and a coarse filter to keep out labels, paper or Read More
It is just over two years now since Thomas Tangvald went missing at sea while sailing singlehanded from French Guyana to Fernando de Noronha, an island far off the coast of Brazil, and I find I am still haunted by the loss. I never met the young man (he was aged 37 when he disappeared), Read More
My wife and I have owned many boats over the years we’ve sailed on San Francisco Bay. Though we always have a lot of fun on the water, we are getting a little old for jumping off the boat onto the dock to secure our lines when we return from a sail. This, plus the Read More
A Some slimline tenders can be used as recreational exercise machines, because they are fitted out with sliding seats, outrigger oarlocks and sophisticated oars. B They can even be fitted with rear-view mirrors, which is something we plumper beings could copy. Or, we could just make sure our passengers point us discreetly in the right Read More