One of the five most difficult passages in the world, worst in the Caribbean, impossible; this was almost all my wife, Josie, and I heard when we announced our plan to sail the 500 miles from Cartagena, Colombia, nonstop to the island of Bonaire.
Looking for an active family-bonding vacation? Why not learn to sail together. This summer Offshore Sailing School is offering its first Single Parents Week, July 13–18, at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa at Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. Offshore has designed three course options (based on skill level) for single parents and their children, ages 7 to 17. Families will be paired together with a FULL STORY
I’ll admit it: I was a catamaran newbie until last week when my wife, my family, and I chartered a Leopard 4300 from The Mooring’s base in beautiful Saint Lucia. Coming from a racing background spent on high-performance monohulls, I was a bit intimidated, especially when it came to maneuvering the boat in tight quarters. Luckily, this part proved to be the easy bit: It was sailing Steppin FULL STORY
If you’re like me, your ability to fantasize about owning and skippering a globe-girdling yacht far out paces your ability to finance said endeavor. Still, it’s fun to dream, so when I saw some recent mention on the daily email newsletter Scuttlebutt that Tom Perkins’s mega yacht, the 290-foot Dyna Rigged Maltese Falcon, is for sale, I couldn’t resist listing the Flacon’s asking FULL STORY
San Francisco may be the “most European” American city, but San Francisco Bay and the views of whitecaps beyond the cable-car lines make this more than just a California placename. The ocean beyond the Golden Gate is challenging. Within the shelter of the bay is sailing adventure enough, with its typical brisk and chilly sea breeze and strong currents. Then there are the microclimates. Often, the FULL STORY
Seventy-four-year-old circumnavigator Gillian West and world cruiser Peter Passano were recognized for their “meritorious seamanship and adventure upon the sea” by the Cruising Club of America. West received the club’s Far Horizons Award for her circumnavigation in the 34-foot sloop Khamsin. She completed the circumnavigation over a 14-year series of passages while exemplifying the club’s FULL STORY