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By John Simpson Last month whilst on holiday I visited Kings Lynn where my old man came from which brought back many happy memories. Happy to remember my genius of a father! Lynn’s a lovely medieval town in Norfolk on the Wash; the land is as flat as a pancake, meaning the sea goes out […]
It’s quiet right now. For the last few hours I have been sitting in the main salon of the Lost Soul and going over pilot charts, navigation charts and cruising guides. This may be the best part of a voyage… The planning. In the planning stage everything is perfect. There are no storms. There are no […]
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By: Alex Blackwell Rocna’s new Vulcan anchor is the latest addition to the modern scoop type anchors. Incorporating elements from several of its forebears, Peter Smith (originator or the Rocna) designed it specifically for larger powerboats, which have hitherto often been unable to accommodate a modern scoop type anchor. One factor that made the Rocna […]
Jody and I decided to anchor in a very small and tucked away bay on the Island of Tahaa in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. For the previous couple months we’d had visitors who’d flown in to sail with us, and all of a sudden we found ourselves, just the two of us, with […]
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By John Simpson When I was ten my father sold his old 12 ton smack ‘Dauntless’ and moved further down the River Crouch from Brandy Hole. My parents bought (a younger) 1906 30ft Falmouth yawl called ‘Patience’ with a lovely canoe stern. Keeping her on Tucker-Brown’s mooring at Burnham. Mum, my sister Pat and I […]
Wrong Bay Bob. That is what they are calling me (I get no respect!) after a “little mishap” on the New Zealand Share the Sail, the story of which is in this issue. Yes folks, I did it. I screwed up! Oh, it’s not like this is the first time I have done so. Oh […]
By John Simpson We left Singapore heading south towards the end of July 1975 on a 550 nm passage, bound for the Sunda Strait; between Java and the bottom of Sumatra. Hoping to pick up the SE Trades, then cross the southern part of the Indian Ocean. ‘Kalayanee’ was a 40ft. Thai built, Canadian Sampson […]
Newport, RI – September 19, 2015 The weather couldn’t have been better for the Cruising Outpost Cruiser’s Party Saturday night. About 600 people started the party. There were 5 kegs of Heineken Light donated by Heineken to start the party right, and then we had 150 pizzas from Papa Geno’s arrive about 6:30 to help […]
We were smacking into a 30 knot headwind, with seas that were said to be 13 feet, but felt more like 30. We were about as tight on the wind as we could get. When the autopilot would swing us closer to 30 degrees than 40, we would slam into an oncoming wave and come […]
This rare footage has gone on record as the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film, by the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records.