What I really want in a Bluewater boat is “a tank that sails well; that I can stand up in.” But there aren’t many tanks that sail well and I’m 6’4″ tall with shoes on. Full disclosure, I had two other above the fold requirements…
Gear failure complicates an unusual passage across the Gulf Stream.
A quick video from this year’s shorthanded (3 crew) return from Bermuda. I don’t want to spoil the surprise so without further ado: My ego may never recover 😛 That night was some of the most intense helming I had ever done. The winds got stronger (30+) and the seas larger the next day but […]
This is Part IV in a series of articles on acquiring offshore sailing experience. Here we discuss and link to ways to find and evaluate offshore races and rallies from the comfort of your desk at home. Enjoy: Offshore races and rallies provide great opportunities for sailors new to offshore sailing to get out there. […]
This is Part III in a series of articles on acquiring offshore sailing experience. Here we discuss and link to ways to find and evaluate offshore deliveries via the internet. Without further ado: Deliveries are another great opportunity to get offshore experience as crew but they’re harder to find and require more vetting than other […]
The 830 nautical mile voyage from Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands to St. George, Bermuda was some of the most relaxed time I’ve ever spent at sea. After a bit of nervous energy regarding the number of hacksaw blades aboard I settled into a very comfortable watch schedule where each day was comfortable conditions […]
Anxiety is fear of what might happen. It’s that feeling of unease you feel when you’re about to leap in; unsure of how it will turn out. It’s that feeling in the pit of your stomach before you step off the dock into difficult conditions. Usually for my offshore “pick up” trips there isn’t time […]
I was convinced I needed to buy a boat. I’d spent the last two years skippering club boats as far afield as they were allowed to go; another year of membership simply wouldn’t help me grow as a sailor. I needed to get offshore to progress and to get offshore I needed to buy a […]