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Cruising World August/September 2019

Cruising World is your passport for exploring the world’s coastlines and oceans while voyaging under sail. Its contributors inspire and entertain through stories, pictures and videos that underscore the beauty and adventure of sailing, while providing instruction on the disciplines of seamanship, navigation and boat handling. The Cruising World community is made up of experienced, committed sailors and boat owners. No matter their long-range sailing plans, Cruising World’s mission is to nurture their dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure features.

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8 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
they’re back

“We had the best time,” he said, recalling the early races that have kept him coming back. “We drank a lot of mudslides; we had good racing, good fun.” When I wandered into the infamous sprawling white tent at the end of Payne’s Dock eight years ago after my first afternoon of sailing during Block Island Race Week, I thought, Wow, everyone here knows each other. With 100-something boats, plus their crews, plus their friends, that would be impossible, of course. But the roar of the crowd, all talking and laughing, was deafening, as sailors wandered from group to group, shaking hands, slapping backs—all well-lubricated, courtesy of Mount Gay rum. Talk about a party! And it rages every day, from the opening bash Sunday through the final awards Friday evening. Storm Trysail Club…

2 min.

ANCHORED AMONG GIANTS After years of anchoring inside South Pacific atolls—where tropical islands of sand and coral lie just a few feet above shimmering seas, and our tallest companions were rustling coconut palms—we’ve entered a new region, one of imposing scale and grandeur. It feels like we’ve wandered into the mythical world of King Kong. These rare geographical giants emerged more than 200 million years ago, forced by shifting tectonic plates from below the ocean to rise hundreds of feet above. They are weathered by centuries of driving monsoonal rains, and dripping with great stalactites of calcium deposits hanging the height of Dream Time’s mast. These pillars stand sentry throughout Southeast Asia, resting gently on emerald waters while towering into wispy skies. Thailand is unlike any other region my wife, Catherine, and I…

1 min.
passage notes

It’s Showtime! Boat-show season is about to kick off with the Newport International Boat Show, located in Newport, Rhode Island. The show, which runs from September 12-15, 2019, is known as the place to see new boats and gear launching in the North American market through its Newport for New Products program. Up next is the U.S. Sailboat Show, in Annapolis, Maryland, October 10-14, 2019. This is North America’s largest in-water sailboat show, and is not to be missed. Heading to a show? Come say hi to team Cruising World! More info at newportboatshow.com and annapolisboatshows.com. Sail South with the Salty Dawgs Looking to sail south in company? Join the Salty Dawg Fall Rally to the Caribbean! Pre-departure events will begin on October 26, 2019, in Hampton, Virginia, and departure is scheduled for November 2.…

2 min.
you shouldn’t have done it

Having cruised and raced extensively internationally, up and down the East Coast and in the San Francisco Bay for many years, I believe that it was irresponsible for Cruising World to publish “Small Wonders” in your May 2019 issue. Those who know the bay (and who have rescued their share of unfortunate and/or foolhardy boaters in distress) understand that what the albeit experienced author did alone in his 10-foot wooden open dinghy was foolhardy precisely because of the bay’s “strong winds, tricky currents, chilly water and plenty of commercial traffic [that] make for dangerous sailing, especially when much of it is often shrouded in fog.” Despite citing many of the Golden Gate and Bay’s extreme boating hazards, the article was silent on advising potential copycats about even the most basic…

2 min.
island in the clouds

The furious wind hurtled rain at us and churned thick fog banks down the steep hills that shielded us from the 35-knot storm now seething overhead. We were hunkered down for the blow, but with two young sisters on board, card games and hot tea would satisfy our crew for only so long. Talia (12 years old) and Savai (10 years old) were anxious to get outside and explore, despite the pelting rain. We had only a few days to enjoy the shores of Haida Gwaii, a remote archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, and there was no time to waste. We donned our foul-weather gear and muck boots, extra fleeces and warm beanies, then piled into the dinghy and headed to shore. Our initial plan, to hike through the…

2 min.
eight bells: jeremy mcgeary

Jeremy “Mac” McGeary died July 8 at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, after a long bout with cancer. I never knew his age because I froze him at 14 going on 32. He was a professional mariner, editor, writer, yacht designer, engineer, carpenter, chef, cricket player, free spirit, shipmate, husband, friend and imp, and he’s left a huge void in many people’s lives. In a phone call 10 days before his death, he suggested he was in the storm of his life, but we laughed till we cried about our maritime high jinks together over the past 43 years. It was a daunting call, but you couldn’t give up on him because Mac always could claw off a literal or figurative lee shore. Professional mariner? He skippered the charter boat Kittiwake…