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December 9th

Remembering John Lennon

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John Lennon went sailing in 1980 (according to some recently discovered book). He sailed from Newport to Bermuda to try and cure his writers block. Apparently it worked. 

We mark the anniversary of his death with a lot of sorrow. He was shot 35 years ago yesterday.

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Brian Hancock – owner Great Circle Sails
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December 9th

Sailing South

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By Diana Doyle

The final official event of the SAIL Magazine ICW Rally was the “Sailing South Seminar,” a full day of seminars on destinations south, including continental breakfast, lunch, one-on-one with the speakers, and a Q&A session. This all-day event was open to the public for registration, capped at 108 participants, for $125/couple. Rallyers received free admission as part of the Rally. We were at capacity with a waiting list, filling seats as a few registrants canceled at the last minute.

The event was held at The Corazon Cinema and Cafe, the oldest brick building in St.…

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December 9th

It’s time to go home

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american flag sailboat ocean

One of the hardest parts of cruising is being far away from people we love. It’s especially hard to be far away and during their times of need, when we can’t be present with support. But we also miss sharing everyday experiences: the laughs and events, celebratory or ordinary, that build memories with our faraway friend and family.

Going homeDuring our big road trip last month, the focus was on family—namely, spending time with Jamie’s aunt and uncle, who came to South Africa as expatriates in the 1970s. They fell in love with the country, and have made Johannesburg their home.…

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December 8th

Raymarine AIS intercept graphics, better collision avoidance?

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Written by Ben Ellison on Dec 8, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Raymarine-eS12-Pilot-Rendezvous.jpgGiven the recent strong interest in MARPA collision avoidance, let’s look at Raymarine’s new AIS target Interception graphic overlays. I’ve only had a little on-the-water experience with this and other collision avoidance features that came in the LightHouse Release 15 update last October, but I sense that a lot of boaters will appreciate the intercept zone concept, plus it may encourage other brands to follow suit or work on other ways that our very talented multifunction displays (and PC charting programs) can help us avoid unpleasant surprises.…

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December 8th

Harald under sail

Man, if I were younger (and childless) I’d be all over this opportunity like a fly on excrement. Draken Harald Hårfagre (that’s “Dragon Harald Fairhair” in English) is a modern interpretation (rather than an accurate replica) of an old Viking longship that was built in Haugesund, Norway, and launched in 2012. In May next year she will set out on a voyage from Norway to Newfoundland via Iceland and Greenland, and the project organizers have just announced they are accepting applications for volunteer crew. You need at least two months of free time to do it and presumably should have some sort of useful skill to boost your chances of being selected.…

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December 8th

Jennifer & Ken Kaye

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Episode 132 is Ken & Jen Kaye, the father-daughter duo who, alongside Jen’s mom Ellen Kaye, run the Schooner Woodwind out of Annapolis, MD. This is a very special episode for me, as crewing on the Woodwind was my first stint as a paid sailor, and I worked a whole lot alongside Jen and Ken, who usually were out on the water skippering the boats. If you’re a longtime listener to the show, you’ll have heard the stories of how i grew up sailing on my mom and dad’s boat on the Chesapeake. That’s all well and good, but I truly learned how to sail when I started working on the Woodwind.…

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December 7th

The Card is wrecked

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The Card, once a world class maxi-boat

I was trolling Facebook and stumbled upon some terrible photos of a boat I knew well. The Card, a Farr maxi built for the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. According to a brief report the boat broke free of her moorings and drifted onto the rocks of Whitsunday Island. The damage was done before the boat could be salvaged.

The project to build The Card was started by Skip Novak in 1988. Skip had a rich businessman interested in entering a boat in the upcoming Whitbread and it was decided that they would build the boat at Goetz Marine near my house in Rhode Island.
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December 7th

shell lights rb

Cruising boats have finite storage space. While we haven’t gotten to the point of taking something off for every item that comes on, there are understood rules that acquisitions should have at last one function – or require serious justification! When we choose a souvenir and keepsake, it’s often carefully picked with an eye to how it can be useful on board.

shell light craft easy holiday diyThis makes it hard to rationalize the volume of locker space we’ve managed to fill with beachcombing bounty. But a few days ago, Siobhan reminded me we should use some of the shells stashed in that forward starboard locker as part of our holiday decoration.…

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December 6th

San Juan to Culebra: Can’t get there from here (apparently).

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Paella!

Paella!

I’m typing this from the anchorage in San Juan. It’s Sunday afternoon, and we were supposed to have been in Culebra by now.

We knew coming here that it would be a windward slog to get back to the Virgin Islands. It’s about 70 miles when you account for tacking angles to Culebra from San Juan. Mia and I spent most of Saturday getting the boat ready for the passage back – replacing the genoa with the smaller jib, stowing all the accumulated crap down below that inevitably gets left out after a long stay in port, removing and stowing the outboard and the dinghy, etc.…

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December 4th

St. Augustine Cruisers Net

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By Diana Doyle
Throughout our several days in St. Augustine, there has been a powerful presence behind the scenes. No, not ghosts, although St. Augustine boasts many haunted locations, including the site of two of our gatherings: the “ghost bar” in the loft of Scarlett O’Hara’s restaurant.

The presence was St. Augustine Cruisers Net or SACN, an all-volunteer organization of cruisers who provide welcome and support to visiting boaters. It is kept going by a rotating group of boaters, depending on who is moored in the home port while others are off cruising. For starters, every morning at 0800 hrs the SACN moderates a net on VHF 72, where boats can check in, check out, share news, and get help.…

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