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Blue Water Sailing March 2018

Blue Water Sailing is the leading magazine for cruisers and offshore sailors. Every issue offers readers the dream of cruising under sail in the form of real stories from around the world and how to make that dream come true. Founded by circumnavigators George and Rosa Day, BWS offers valuable insights into what the cruising life is really like, what boats and gear work (and don’t work) and where to go for the best in cruising and sailing vacations. Plus, the digital version of BWS provides direct interactive access to dozens of great marine websites where you will find everything you need to make your sailing life safer and more fun.

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skippering a bareboat charter

(photo by Bill Kund)Most BWS readers are experienced sailors and many have taken bareboat charters in the Caribbean and around the states. But not all of us have had the chance to be the actual skipper of a bareboat charter and there is a real difference between sailing as crew and running the boat as the skipper.To begin with, the boat you have chartered is likely to be new to you and may be quite a lot newer and more modern than your own boat at home. In a monohull, it is likely that you will have an in-mast furling mainsail. If you haven’t sailed with one before, learning how it works and using it safely requires a bit of study and some caution as you get used to handling…

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Last fall, the Salty Dawg Fall Rally, which usually ends at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI, had to go to plan B after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Virgin Islands. The obvious choice was to end the rally in Antigua, which had been only lightly hit by the hurricanes and had all of its marine services up and running.There were over 70 boats in last fall’s rally and about 50 of them sailed straight to Antigua, which added a day to the passage as compared to making landfall in the BVI. Rosie and I didn’t sail down; instead, we made use of a 757 and then rented an Airbnb overlooking Falmouth Harbour. We did not have any sea stories to tell from our trip. But that’s…

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Fire, of course is only one example of a potential emergency offshore. I don’t consider it any great claim to fame that I’ve faced most of them already: heavy weather, rigs over the side, structural failures, men overboard, failed steering systems, water gushing in through the bottom of the boat. The few problems I haven’t faced, I don’t want to face. But the fact remains that as long as I continue to click off more sea miles, the possibility still exists that I might have to confront a few more situations. Whether we’re diehard racers or cruisers, whether we day sail or prefer ocean crossings, safety and a knowledge of how to handle emergencies is important for all of us to know and understand. In fact, it may be more…

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circumnavigating denmark in six weeks

Every summer, my teenage sons have six-week summer holidays allowing me and my 1973 Pearson 36, Skylark to visit more distant European harbors from her European base in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. We did the Malts Cruise, several trips to the Channel Islands, the 2015 America’s Cup trials in Portsmouth, UK and the summer of 2017, we sailed around Denmark. All the way around.For these longer trips, I begin a call for crew the preceding fall. Also, I place an ad on detailing the tour I was planning and Virgilio F. contacted me wanting more information. Virgilio is from Portugal, speaks and reads English very well and is building sea miles. I informed him that he could join the boat in The Netherlands and remain onboard until the Admiral (my…

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the maiden voyage

We were finally ready to leave Hong Kong on the Kraken 66 flagship White Dragon’s 18,000-mile voyage to Gibraltar. We were a couple of days later than intended, but that’s how it normally goes when getting everything done before departureIt’s been a frantic few days as we filled all of White Dragon’s storage spaces with food and drink plus all the paraphernalia one needs to be self-sufficient for an extended period at sea. Spares, filters, oils, sprays, glues, tapes, fishing tackle, dive gear, hoses, pipes and every conceivable tool we might need have now been stowed away for the first leg of the trip. And we have provisioned up with special items that we may not be able to find easily on our voyage. Steve and Jack kindly brought a…

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sailing to the revolution

Flying fish and flying spray were keeping my dad from lighting the cigarette he so fervently desired.“Nils Jr., can you please pass me up a lit cigarette?” he yelled down the main hatch of our 1938, 33-foot Hereshoff ketch Winds Way IV. We were attempting a rough Gulf Stream crossing from Key West, Florida to Varadero, Cuba in the revolutionary summer of 1958, and everyone was seasick except Dad; but poor brother Nils still had to light Dad’s cigs for him.It turns out, we got to Havana before Fidel did, although his shadow would fall on us frequently during our three months cruising the North Coast of Cuba, “The Pearl of the Antilles”, as a family of five. Before there was Outward Bound or other adventurous team building activities common…