Cruising

Let the Wind Do the Work

by Peter Nielsen, Posted January 20, 2014

The first time I tried to pick up a mooring singlehanded in a stiff breeze, I approached from dead downwind in the usual manner and stopped the boat with the pickup buoy right where I wanted it.


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When the customs officer in Bermuda asked for our next destination, I replied “the Azores,” just to keep things simple.


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The Perils of Bureaucracy

by Steve Dublin, Posted January 17, 2014

One of the more mundane aspects of bluewater cruising is having to clear in and out of all the foreign countries you visit. The task is often routine, but can sometimes be frustrating, perplexing or even hilarious. We have found this to be true on any number of occasions.


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Stop Over in San Juan

by Ellen Birrell, Posted January 17, 2014

“Have you ever sailed into San Juan?”

“No, but we’ve chartered in the Virgin Islands” is the response I often receive...


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Over the course of the past 56 issues, we’ve brought you “Windshifts,” a reflective collection of pieces written by a host of different sailors on sailing, sailboats and life lived among them. However, in 2014, we’ll be taking a slightly different tack with “Waterlines,” a column in which Amy Schaefer and Paul VanDevelder take turns using this last-page space to fill you in on their unique whereabouts and reflections.


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