#249: Herb McCormick // Cruising World Editor-at-Large

19 Nov

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#249. Herb McCormick has made a career of writing about sailing, but it wasn’t entirely on purpose. A fifth-generation Newport, Rhode Island native, Herb didn’t even know that sailing was a thing at all until a chance meeting in his 20’s. After vagabonding around for a while, he wound up with a low-level job at Cruising World during the heyday of sailing magazines, and slowly started working his way up, of course eventually becoming Editor. Herb has seen it all in sailing, from the racing and cruising scene to an epic 13-month Around the America’s expedition on the 64-foot steel ...

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Light Wind Make Work

19 Nov

November 13, 2018

Day 40

Noon Position: 36 35S  118 50W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): S 5

Wind(t/tws): WNW 9 – 11

Sea(t/ft): SSW 8; W 1

Sky: Stratus on the horizon; otherwise clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 3

Bar(mb): 1022

Cabin Temp(f): 70

Water Temp(f): 59

Relative Humidity(%): 49 (wow, dry!)

Sail: Reaching with #1 and scandalized main.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 66

Miles since departure: 5106

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

Becalmed.

For hours we had taken from the dying wind what we could, the sails softly spilling in the troughs some of what they’d so ardently gathered at the crests of that ...

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Easy Going

17 Nov

November 12, 2018

Day 39

Noon Position: 35 42S 119 39W

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

Wind(t/tws): SWxS 15

Sea(t/ft): S 10

Sky: Stratus clouds cover the sky, but there maybe blue to windward

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1016+, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 66

Water Temp(f): 61

Relative Humidity(%): 60

Sail: #2 genoa and main, reaching to windward (again)

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 139

Miles since departure: 5040

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

A warm, gentle day and welcome for it.

Wind held all night and was still 20 from the SW when I came on deck at dawn. But our luck has ...

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Cooking aboard: Totem’s galley essentials

16 Nov
Two hands reach towards a Danish pastry while a third holds a mug of cocoa

  

Woman preparing a tart in a boat galley

Returning to Totem recently provided fresh perspective on land kitchens vs boat galleys. Last night, as our dinner cooked in the oven, Jamie and I wondered to each other that it seemed to be taking a long time. Then we remembered we were trying to compare a little boat oven with the beast of a Wolf convection oven at my parent’s home. Right, that’s what’s different!

Jamie and I love to cook: it’s fun, it’s relaxing, it’s a way to share time with friends, it’s a way to get to know the cultures we travel through as we experiment with ...

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$65 for Verizon unlimited hotspot? I’ll give that a try!

16 Nov

A few days ago Ben Ellison posted a link from the Mobile Internet Resource Center announcing Verizon updated their unlimited offerings adding a $65 / month truly unlimited option.  Every change to plans from the national carriers seems to be taking something away, further perverting the meaning of unlimited, or raising prices.   So, this caught my attention.  Did a national carrier really do something to make the options available better?  I read through the review on the Mobile Internet Resource Center then cruised over to Verizon’s own info and couldn’t find any big gotchas.  Verizon says there are no caps ...

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The BOSS on the bricks

16 Nov

Damage to the bow of Hugo Boss after grounding
Dramatic and heart wrenching news was delivered early this morning stating that the British sailor Alex Thomson, who was leading the IMOCA class in the Route de Rhum race from France to Guadeloupe, had run aground. After sailing a flawless race since leaving Saint Malo in France 12 days ago, Thomson aboard his yacht Hugo Boss ...
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A Little Low, but Long Last

16 Nov

November 11, 2018

Day 38

Noon Position: 34 55S 122 07W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 8

Wind(t/tws): SW 25 – 28

Sea(t/ft): SW 12

Sky: Rain. Low and gray

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1004, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 66

Water Temp(f): 60

Relative Humidity(%): 75

Sail: Triple reef in main and #2 genoa, hard reaching

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 142

Miles since departure: 4900

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

Ran all night on main and #2, both triple reefed, taking wind on starboard quarter as the low came on slowly and steadily. By first light, it was blowing a resolute 33 knots, and ...

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2018 SOUTHBOUND LUNACY: Annapolis to St. Maarten

15 Nov

Lunacy doghouse

What with swapping out old Lunacy for new Lunacy and last year’s jaunt down to Florida and back it’s been a few years since I pilgrimaged to the W’Indies for the winter. It’s past time to revisit old haunts, I decided, what with last year’s awful storms, plus I have some business to attend to down there. Having again pimped out new Lunacy to her builder to be shown at Annapolis, it was preordained I should depart from the Chesapeake, which is something I hadn’t done before. I assumed it would be easier than leaving from New England.

I made ...

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2018 SOUTHBOUND LUNACY: Annapolis to St. Maarten

15 Nov

Lunacy doghouse

What with swapping out old Lunacy for new Lunacy and last year’s jaunt down to Florida and back it’s been a few years since I pilgrimaged to the W’Indies for the winter. It’s past time to revisit old haunts, I decided, what with last year’s awful storms, plus I have some business to attend to down there. Having again pimped out new Lunacy to her builder to be shown at Annapolis, it was preordained I should depart from the Chesapeake, which is something I hadn’t done before. I assumed it would be easier than leaving from New England.

I made ...

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Of Scandals and a First Blow

15 Nov

November 10, 2018

Day 37

Noon Position: 33 01S  124 15W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ESE 5 – 6

Wind(t/tws): SWxW 7 – 10

Sea(t/ft): S7 (big swell; not from here)

Sky: Broken cumulus and strato cumulus. A sky that means trouble.

10ths Cloud Cover: 8

Bar(mb): 1010, falling. 1006 by 6pm.

Cabin Temp(f): 70

Water Temp(f): 65

Relative Humidity(%): 55

Sail: Big genoa and main, plus the lowered cradle cover. Close hauled.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 128

Miles since departure: 4758

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

Winds are light from the SW, and into them we reach steadily SE. But the long, ...

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