Checklist

3 Feb

Last night, after the sun set, I went down Joff Brown’s checklist for the boat. He is our Boat Captain and Team Manager, and knows the boat inside and out. I had to do the list after sunset because it’s simply too hot to spend time scrutinizing a piece during the day time.

The list involved all the pins for the stays for the genoa, solent, and staysail, chafe on furling lines, etc. One of the items was to look at all of the batten cars, with binoculars for the top ones, to make sure that the stem coming from ...

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Our new Podcast “Sailing Stories”

2 Feb

It’s been quiet on the blogging front as of late. Winter, and hustling to start 3 new businesses will do that to you. However, that’s not to say I haven’t been making content. God knows I consume enough content: writing, youtube, and podcasts – especially podcasts. I love podcasts.The unique thing about them is that you can be entertained or even learn something new while doing some mindless activity. Driving, mowing the lawn, sanding teak, finishing out your 2 – 6 am watch. I can double my productivity on even the most boring, yet necessary tasks! 

I’ve listened for years to a curated ...

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SAILING STORIES LAUNCH: Brave or Stupid, Ep. 1

2 Feb



Introducing Sailing Stories

Tales from the high seas, told week by week. The first three episodes are now LIVE at the Sailing Stories podcast feed – subscribe on iTunes here, or through your favorite podcast app! Season 1 will run to 15 total episodes over the next 12 weeks, releasing weekly on Thursday. Donate to help fund the next season of Sailing Stories!

SEASON 1: Brave or Stupid 
Join Janne Larsson & Kalle Andersson as they set off to sail around the world on a handshake and lots of ambition. Click here to read more.

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Miles in the Correct Direction

2 Feb

Yesterday and today we have been finally out of our seemingly private bubble high with no wind, and into the usual South Atlantic high pressure system that generates the Southeast Trade winds near the equator. Finally we are making miles in the correct direction.

Yesterday we sailed most of the day with the genoa, our biggest upwind sail, and full mainsail. After much tweaking of sails, the boat was really going well. Yet we got to the end of the wind range for that genoa and switched to the solent. And then when there were several clouds with wind that ...

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Tasks During the Calm

1 Feb

Yesterday was a very difficult day. From morning to nighttime, essentially zero wind, the boat going in circles, or at 2 knots if we had 2 knots of wind. I’d change from genoa to solent, and even to the staysail thinking that it might stand whereas the genoa and solent were too big for no wind.

Several times we’d get caught aback, and then, in no wind, have to somehow get the boat going in the right direction again. Many times we ended up going south. It was very discouraging. And it was blazingly hot, 98°F (36.6°C) in the cockpit,with ...

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177: Lin & Larry Pardey RECYCLED

31 Jan



Lin & Larry Pardey need no introduction. They’re cruising legends, inspiring generations of sailors to ‘go small, go simple, and go now.’ I first discovered them through books I found in my parent’s basement – indeed it was the Pardey’s that primarly inspired my mom and dad to first set off on their 32’ sloop for a winter in the Bahamas in 1979. Mia and I read their books in detail when preparing Arcturus for the Atlantic crossing we made in 2011. What follows is a ‘recycled’ chat about their cruising careers that I had with Lin & Larry back ...

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BE GOOD TOO REVISITED: The EPIRB Question, Why She Didn’t Sink, What Happened to Gunther, and a Shameless Book Plug

30 Jan

BGT abandoned

There has been much less furor online about the rediscovery of the Alpha 42 catamaran Be Good Too (hull no. 1) on a beach in Scotland than there was when we abandoned her three years ago. Which is a good thing for sure. I was disappointed to see, however, that Gregor Tarjan of Aeroyacht, formerly president of Alpha Yachts, has seized on the boat’s reappearance to again malign her crew. If you take a moment to read his full rant here, you’ll see his primary accusation, the “worst” thing that happened, was this: “The crew DID NOT leave ...

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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the details – Part 2

30 Jan
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.





MAINSAIL DETAILS FOR THE CRUISING SAILOR

It used to be simple. In the
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Progressing

30 Jan

Another challenging night, not as bad in terms of miles lost as the previous night where we went in circles essentially for 4 – 5 hours, but difficult nonetheless. This time the culprit was a line of clouds and intense rainstorms and massively shifting wind, both in direction and velocity.

Sunrise, January 29th

We could see the big rainstorms on the radar, coming for us. And with the night sky being clear yet moonless, we could see the clouds coming. Some might not have rain. But they would still have the big windshifts, and the drop in velocity from 10 ...

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Going in Circles

29 Jan

We are almost up to the latitude of Rio de Janeiro, which will be a good milestone. After we get there, we’ll have to go through a series of areas where there may be quite a few oil rigs. We have them marked out in a broad region on the chart, so will have to be on high alert for about 75 miles or so, south to north.

Making pretty good time, today, with the genoa and full mainsail. It’s a beautiful sailing day, which we had last night also, all the way up until we didn’t. In the early ...

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