Here’s how I will probably sail away someday. A Cruising Outpost original comic.
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. [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 are approximately 35 boats signed [...]
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. [...]