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 […]
Podcast #103 from Bob Bitchin!
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 […]
Did ya ever notice how, the closer to taking off on a voyage you get, the more you start worrying about things that you know you can’t do anything about? I am specifically thinking back on my departure early last year on a little 2,700 mile voyage across the Pacific. Joining Jody & I on […]
There is this phenomenon in sailing that happens on just about your third day of an ocean crossing. The evening of day two you will usually be sitting, looking back at where land used to be, wondering just what the heck you were thinking when you decided to come out here in the first place. […]
We were about 50 miles out of Palmyra Island, on the 900+ mile voyage to Hawaii. There was Jody & I, and two young crew members we’d had with us since Papeete, almost three months, Luke & Joel. All of a sudden the boat started to swerve off course.
Bob explains why it’s difficult to find free anchorages these days.
We gotta be nuts, ya know? Check it out…just what is it we all have in common? I mean besides smelly feet? Well? Ya know what it is? A desire to sell all of the stuff we have worked our whole life to gather about us, and then to move into an area slightly larger […]
Originally published in Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine, in this Vintage Attitude Bob talks epic cruising moments.
Okay, so it was a pretty near perfect crossing. We’d left Fatu Hiva and the Marquesas behind us, and for the last four days we had been sailing in paradise. There were 18-20 knots of wind coming from over our shoulder, the main, mizzen, staysail and headsail were out, and we were making a good […]
I was sitting with my legs wrapped around a toilet bowl, and I was laughing out loud. All of a sudden it seemed funny. A bit earlier I was about to toss the darn thing over the side in silent rage. Then it hit me. Something my tormentor used to say when I’d bitch about […]
I half-felt someone shake me, and for a minute I forgot where I was. As I opened my eyes, I heard Patrick whisper, “Hey man, 10 minutes and you’re on.”
It was 5:50 in the morning and the sun was about to come up. I walked through the creaking main salon in the twilight of dawn with the kerosene lights casting a warm glow…
Didja ever notice how there is only one right opinion, and that is yours? You know, only one right way to do things. One correct anchoring method, one way to sail from one point to the next? Probably one of the things that cruisers enjoy about sitting in an anchorage as it fills with boats […]