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You Never Had It So Good

You Never Had It So Good

Old wooden boats, wet canvas and fathoms… a good old boy remembers.

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Chalk and Cheese

Chalk and Cheese

Coaching on the water for many years has given many opportunities to try out different kinds of boats. Two craft I’ve tried to describe here are perhaps some of the most different I have been involved with:

A ‘Shasha’ (reed boat) was built whilst I was the sailing coach

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SAN DIEGO SAILOR LAUNCHES ADVENTURE, DESPITE CHALLENGES

SAN DIEGO SAILOR LAUNCHES ADVENTURE, DESPITE CHALLENGES

The accomplishments of  Ryan Levinson are outstanding for an able-bodied person, but Ryan is fighting much more. Ryan is battling Muscular Dystrophy and has been for 20 years. He’s a former U.S. Sailing Team member, a winner of the 2012 US Sailing Disabled National Championship, and he’s placed first in several triathlons. But now, Ryan […]

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A Gorgeous Northern Sail

A Gorgeous Northern Sail

Weather at the end of September in NW Scotland can often be cold, wet and windy. Ullapool where my friend keeps his boat is roughly 58 degrees north. Fall often starts very early here. We had intended to go sailing for few days…

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2014 Muster in Anstruther

2014 Muster in Anstruther

When I was a nipper living at the mouth of the Thames one postcard that really delighted me was a painting of the clippers ‘Ariel and ‘Taeping’. Driving neck to neck up Channel with everything set including Stun ‘sails. I kept it on my bedroom wall for many years. After reading the fascinating story of their 1866 China voyage, when they finished within a few minutes

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82 Year Old To Sail Solo Around Cape Horn in Southern Winter

82 Year Old To Sail Solo Around Cape Horn in Southern Winter

82 YEAR OLD MAN EXPECTS TO SAIL SOLO FROM Atlantic Ocean, under CAPE HORN to Pacific Ocean in the Southern Winter AND, RETURN to the ATLANTIC WITHOUT STOPPING. He says, if he is successful, he will then continue Eastward in the Southern Ocean and pass under the CAPE of  GOOD HOPE from Atlantic to Indian […]

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Sailing The World (Pregnant)

Sailing The World (Pregnant)

Video clip from a multi-part story from San Diego Magazine chronicling The Kaufman family’s sailing journey. Read parts 1, 2 and 3 on San Diego Magazine online.

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Cruising the Abaco Islands: Hope Town

Cruising the Abaco Islands: Hope Town

It was a destination that rivaled all others. Hope Town, Abaco was not only the picturesque bahamian spot to pick up a mooring ball, but it was a place worth spending two nights of a short week-long trip. Again, we had our scares when it came to getting into port. This time, it wasn’t just […]

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Cruising The River Guadiana

Cruising The River Guadiana

Portugal and Spain are separated by hundreds of years of fighting, big wars, small wars, lots of negotiating, smuggling, lover’s spats and finger pointing, as well as being separated by one very long, narrow, winding river called the Guadiana.

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The Hunt For The Black Pearl

The Hunt For The Black Pearl

Sometimes nothing gets a woman more excited than hearing that there is jewelry around. So while traveling throughout French Polynesia Jody mentioned that Tahiti and the islands surrounding it are “the place to get a black pearl”. Immediately I had to go find one. Bob and Jody talked a lot about the pearls and how […]

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The Hike

The Hike

Someone once told me that hiking is really just walking where you can pee, and in most cases – I would have to agree. But in this instance a random hike lead to an adventure of a lifetime. It was our first day on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. A place I had never been […]

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How Bora Bora Changed Me

How Bora Bora Changed Me

Growing up in a small town in Texas I always hoped that my future would lead me somewhere. The small town mentality never really fared too well with me and I would daydream about the day that I would become a household name like Katie Couric or Amy Poehler. I wanted to show the world […]

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Here’s the Thing

Here’s the Thing

By Stuart Gough Have you ever noticed the strangest things happen to you, when you are least expecting them? First of all, I should explain that I am fortunate enough to live in and be part of one of the busiest sailing areas in the world, Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the UK. […]

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The Curse Of The Traveler

The Curse Of The Traveler

An old vagabond in his 60s told me about The Curse over a beer in Central America, goes something like this: The more places you see, the more things you see that appeal to you, but no one place has them all. In fact, each place has a smaller and smaller percentage of the things you love, the more things you see.

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1950’s Cruising – John Riley Sails To Hawaii

1950’s Cruising – John Riley Sails To Hawaii

There are many of us who consider making a blue water voyage but somehow, we never seem to get  out to real blue water. As we have all been told on many occasions, just get out there and do it. However, starting a voyage, either single handed or with a crew remains a non-trivial undertaking […]

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Depth of Feelings – From The Book The Sailing Life

Depth of Feelings – From The Book The Sailing Life

An Excerpt The Sailing Life by Bob Bitchin You’ve just pulled out of Gibralter and headed around the southern tip, on your way to Ibiza, Spain. Your significant other is down below, and you’re on watch. You stand holding the wheel watching the ships that squeeze through the bottleneck at the straights of Gibralter, and […]

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Our Wildest Dreams

Our Wildest Dreams

Excerpt from “Our Wildest Dreams by Liz Tosoni. Around the World in 27 Years! Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we would sail all the way ‘round the wondrous world when we set out from Vancouver aboard Hoki Mai in 1985. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that over the next […]

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A Boat Refinishing Experience In San Blas, Mexico

A Boat Refinishing Experience In San Blas, Mexico

by Lynn Appley sv Cricket      Our boat needed work and we had a budget.  The amount of work needed, exceeded the budget necessary to hire professionals.  New bottom paint would be a must; the hull needed painting, but would have to wait.  The stainless was rusty, the topsides dull, the name and hailing port barely […]

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First Crossing

First Crossing

There are a few special places and experiences that stand out in everyone’s early life. In my case my personal paradise was a short stretch of beach in Panama City, Florida along Saint Andrew Bay. My grandparents had a home off Beach Drive and the creeks and bayous feeding the bay became my personal playground. […]

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Ocean Rowing Experience

Ocean Rowing Experience

Ocean rowing is one of those rare sports where it is possible to compete at an international level without any prior experience, or even proof of the basic skills required to succeed. The only prerequisite for entry in an ocean rowing race seems to be a tinge of madness perched on an excess of bottle. […]

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Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

I was out sailing with a friend this past month on an old quarter-ton-class racer from the 70s. He invited myself and his date along to take a sunset sail past the breakwall towards Santa Monica on a gorgeous summer evening. She was a confident, attractive young actress who was energetic and quick to engage […]

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New, Free ‘Salty Dawg Rally’ Going ‘Viral’ in the Cruising World

New, Free ‘Salty Dawg Rally’ Going ‘Viral’ in the Cruising World

[scrollGallery id=9 start=1 autoScroll=false thumbsdown=true] The new grassroots, Salty Dawg Rally, has literally ‘gone viral’ in the cruising world. Or so it seems to co-founders Bill and Linda Knowles, whose workload in organizing this year’s cruising rally to the Caribbean has become almost overwhelming. Boats are joining, and at the time of this writing, there […]

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A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

It had been a long couple of days. I had headed out of Charleston harbor on my 1987 Morgan 41 Classic, Impulsive. With me was my oldest friend in the world, Hod Arnett. We have known each other since kindergarten and have been best friends through grade school, High School, College, and even the USAF. […]

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A New Venture

A New Venture

It is incredibly difficult to start something new, so my hat is off to Bob and Jody for starting this new venture. That difficulty in taking that first major step is also what is preventing a lot of people from going cruising. There is always something that looms large and suggests the easy way out […]

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A Stormy Night Entry into Cooktown

A Stormy Night Entry into Cooktown

We were breaking the rules of course and we knew it. It had begun in early August, 2005 after we had received an e-mail to “phone home, urgently”. We were about to sail from Fiji when we received the news that our oldest daughter was pregnant with our first grand-child. Whilst the grand-mother-to-be was dancing […]

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O’Day Rendezvous

O’Day Rendezvous

Every summer, for the last 10 years, O’day sailboat owners from around the Northeast gather for their annual rOnDAYvous. This owners club exists on various web ihaunts, but there are no dues, no officers, no meetings just a once a year get together for a weekend of fun, food, sailing and libations. Under the ever […]

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The Boat Boy

The Boat Boy

“Would you like to meet Gregorio Fuentes, senior?” “ What? That’s impossible, he’s still alive? He would have to be 100 years old!” “No senior, he’s 101.” So began that memorable day 1999 in the small fishing village of Cojimar, east of Havana, Cuba. A chance to participate in the restoration of the once popular […]

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Yacht Jumping

Yacht Jumping

The first wave rose suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere. “Dane, are you sure this is okay?” Jessi queried, a smothered concern in her tone. “Yeah, it’ll be fine,” I answered. “But you’d better let me take the wheel.”  It was a stock answer. Having been through the pass many times, I felt overly comfortable. But […]

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