Susie Goodall pitchpoled and dismasted in Golden Globe Race

5 Dec
It looks like the Southern Ocean is still dishing out its balmy summer sailing conditions and has claimed yet another victim. British sailor Susie Goodall, racing solo in the Golden Globe Race, was rolled and dismasted and is out of the race. Goodall had been lying in fourth place behind the Estonian sailor Uku Randmaa, Dutch sailor Mark Slats and the leader, the indomitable ...
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Cape Horn, and onward…

4 Dec

November 30, 2018

Day 57

Noon Position: 54 36S 63 15W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NExN 6

Wind(t/tws): SWxS 17 – 23

Sea(t/ft): SW 8 – 10, very steep; wind-over-current seas. Nearly pooped.

Sky: Alternating between squall and clear.

10ths Cloud Cover: 9

Bar(mb): 1008, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 52

Water Temp(f): 40, back down from yesterday’s 45

Relative Humidity(%): 69

Sail: Twins poled out.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 174 (Favoring current.)

Miles since departure: 7645

Avg. Miles/Day: 134

What can one say about Cape Horn, except that he is happy to have rounded it safely and in such fine weather. Apart from ...

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Cape Horn Approach

3 Dec

November 28, 2018

Day 55

Noon Position: 55 54S  71 58W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7+

Wind(t/tws): NWxN 27 – 31

Sea(t/ft): NW 10; very steep and breaking

Sky: Overcast, low gray deck

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1007+, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 54

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 71

Sail: #2 working genoa, two reefs, broad reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 172

Miles since departure: 7329

Avg. Miles/Day: 133

All morning I study the seas from the the pilot house. They are northwest, as is the wind we are taking on the beam, not too high, but steep as walls and ...

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#250 Matt Rutherford & Randall Reeves // Figure 8 Voyage, 2nd Attempt

3 Dec


#250: Matt Rutherford and Randall Reeves are both veterans of the podcast and extremely accomplished single-handed ocean sailors. In today’s special episode, Matt guest-hosts the show to talk to Randall about his latest attempt at the ‘Figure 8’ voyage, his plan to sail solo and nonstop around the America’s AND Antarctica. Randall was on the show with me just before his first attempt, which failed when he suffered a serious knockdown, blowing out the windows in his boat’s wheelhouse. At the time of this recording with Matt, Randall was set to depart San Francisco on his second attempt the very

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Broken Wing and Positioning for Cape Horn

2 Dec

Broken Wing and Positioning for Cape Horn

November 27, 2018

Day 54

Noon Position: 56 01S  77 05W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExN 7+

Wind(t/tws): WNW 25 – 27

Sea(t/ft): NW 8 – 10

Sky: Overcast with drizzle

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1012, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 52

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 74

Sail: #2 poled to windward; #1 free flying to starboard.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 160

Miles since departure: 7157

Avg. Miles/Day: 133

One cannot call these anything but excellent, simply excellent sailing conditions. Winds W, WxN, WNW at 20 – 30, day after day. And Mo churning out ...

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Fast Days on Horn Final Approach

1 Dec

November 26, 2018

Day 53

Noon Position: 55 35S  81 46W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExS 7

Wind(t/tws): W 20+

Sea(t/ft): W 10

Sky: Clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 0

Bar(mb): 1011+, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 57

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 65

Sail: Twins poled out, two rolls in each.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 168

Miles since departure: 6997

Avg. Miles/Day: 132

One gets to see first hand during weeks like this why the Clipper Route was the most efficient route around the world for commercial shipping prior to steam and the Panama Canal.

Mo has had consistently strong westerlies since November 15th, ...

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Coming soon to Toronto and Seattle Boat Shows

30 Nov
birds-eye view of two boats rafted together as a dinghy carves a wake through the water in front of them.


Making winter boat show plans? Let’s meet! Jamie and I are excited to have finalized plans for presenting at the Toronto Boat Show and Seattle Boat Show in early 2019. We can’t wait to share our experiences and enthusiasm for cruising with those who hope to make the break, and meeting up with members of the cruising community. Here’s the scoop on when and where.

Toronto Boat Show: Jan. 23rd & 24th

Toronto International Boat Show Logo

We’ll be coming up from Puerto Vallarta, a jarring climate change. Shove tea in my trembling hands if necessary. Jamie and I are presenting at 12:30 ...

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The Bone of Satisfaction

30 Nov

The Bone of Satisfaction

November 25, 2018

Day 52

Noon Position: 54 56S  86 34W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExS 7+

Wind(t/tws): WNW 25 – 30

Sea(t/ft): W  10

Sky: Total, slate gray cloud cover

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1000

Cabin Temp(f): 52

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 79

Sail: Twin headsails, poled out; reefed by two thirds.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 160

Miles since departure: 6829

Avg. Miles/Day: 131

Wind finally eased overnight, and by morning was 25 – 30 from the WNW. Our four-day blow had ended. Seas too had eased. The grand, high swell had moved on, leaving ...

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Mo is Around Cape Horn – November 29th 2018

30 Nov

November 29, 2018

Day 56

Noon Position: 55 59S 67 44w

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7+

Wind(t/tws): W 15 – 25

Sea(t/ft): W 5

Sky: Overcast with rain and drizzle

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 998, rising slowly

Cabin Temp(f): 55

Water Temp(f): 45 (warmer. hmm.)

Relative Humidity(%): 69

Sail: Twin headsails poled out; three reefs in each.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 142 (light wind overnight as we moved between weather systems)

Miles since departure: 7471

Avg. Miles/Day: 56


We jumping this post to the head of the line because we’ve just receive a few photos of Randall’s rounding ...

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Day Four of the Blow

29 Nov

November 24, 2018

Day 51

Noon Position: 53 51S  89 52W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 6

Wind(t/tws): WNW 33 – 39

Sea(t/ft): W 20

Sky: Light cumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 5

Bar(mb): 989, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 54

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 77

Sail: Working genoa, four-reefed as usual.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 159

Miles since departure: 6669

Avg. Miles/Day: 131

Each morning the forecast calls for diminishing winds and each morning the sea spurns such a futile thing as a forecast.

Yesterday I said we had surfed but not fast and that seas were breaking but not with intent. Both ...

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