People often assume that we are fantastic sailors. After all, we have made it from the Chesapeake to New Zealand – we must be awesome, right? Well, I won’t claim that we haven’t picked up a skill or two along the way. But cruising is a different kind of sailing. In some ways, your boat turns into your car: a vehicle you use to eat up the miles in order to to reach faraway places. You can slip into the habit of being destination-focused. And that is a shame, because if sailing is good for anything, it is good for showing you the world very, very slowly. …Read More
An inspired video that is only tangentially related to sailing and water, but too good not to post.
So: this is for all the adventurous women out there. May more of you find your way onto a sailboat.
Courtesy of the Sail Magazine Great Escape Contest winner, here is Elliot Crowder’s winning entry top 5 reasons to win a charter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from TMM Charters:
1. Our family of 3 live and sail on the cold & rugged Oregon Coast. Our love of sailing has us out year round. When the wind is blowing sideways & the rain gauge shows 20 inches for the month an escape to a tropical paradise torn from the pages of Sail Magazine sounds like a dream come true!
2. Our 8-year old son is on the junior sailing team & is quite good at racing! He has been on boats since he was days old and loves charts and navigation.…Read More
We've often been accused of playing up our lack of sailing experience. People say things like, “They can't really be that dumb.”
To which we reply, “Au contraire, we most certainly can be that dumb.”
And I think, really, we all can be. The difference is that I don't mind admitting it. I got over impressing people a long time ago. What do I care if I appear to be a genius or an imbecile? If you need to act like a genius, it's a fair bet that you aren't one. Isn't it? And don't we all hate that guy anyway?…Read More
Anyone familiar with cycling understands the benefits of riding in a peloton or group of riders. Not unlike a flock of birds flying in formation, riders in a peloton save energy by riding just a few inches behind the rider in front of them, taking full advantage of the phenomenon known as drafting or slipstreaming. The reduction in drag is dramatic; a rider in the middle of a well-developed group can gain as much as a 40% advantage compared to being out there riding on their own. In other words, the riders in front are literally pulling along the riders behind.…Read More
After my post titled, Catamarans vs Monohulls, I received a lot of feedback. Most of it positive, because I am the utmost authority and I have now handed down judgement on the subject. But one commenter to our Facebook page said that he stopped reading the article after he read, “Sailing is not meant to be complicated.” He said I do myself and the sport of sailing a disservice by describing it as simple.
My reply was, “BUT IT IS SIMPLE!”
Maybe I should have added, because he may not have been aware, that I am the utmost authority.…Read More
As I started writing this note, I believe the sixth storm of the east coast season was piling up on my drive way. I then pondered, “Why exactly do I winter on the East Coast?” At times like these, we all start to google what deals we could find on flights to any Caribbean Island that would take us. And the best (and really only) way to vacation down there is on a bareboat charter. Even the words sound sweet and luscious, bareboat…
But before packing up those flip flops, here is a good check list of things to do.
1) Use a reputable company.…Read More