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Blue Water Sailing June - July 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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go small so you can go now

That title was made famous by Lin and Larry Pardey back in the days when they were sailing their 24 foot Seraffyn around the world. Even in the 1970s and 80s, 24 feet was a small cruising boat to be sailing across oceans. That it also did not have an engine made it all that much more extreme. Yet, the Pardeys made safe if slow ocean passages and always arrived at their destinations in one piece. So it can be done. In the same time frame BWS contributing editor Patrick Childress sailed a Catalina 27 singlehanded around the world. Not only was it a simple but sturdy production boat, it too had no inboard and relied upon an outboard for auxiliary power. Patrick and his wife Rebecca are now out saiing…

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summer reading for blue water sailors

Happy sailing and happy reading. George Foy has a deep affinity for the sea and has written several good books, both non-fiction and fiction, that have the sea as a main character. Run the Storm is the story of the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro that was lost with all souls in a violent hurricane just east of the Bahamas in 2015. This is inside the Bermuda Triangle. You get to know the crew, the ship, and the savage hurricane that sadly killed them all. A fast paced thriller staring a dynamic male and female team aptly named Cannon and Sparks, Kidnapped from the Caribbean takes you on a roller coaster ride of twists and turns, from the Caribbean to Central America, to the White House and even the Amazon. Todd Duff…

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beyond the blowouts

It happens. Usually, it’s unexpected. And watching sails disintegrate is never a joyful experience. Sails blowing out are the result of any of a number of causes. Old, over-exposed thread, colder denser air providing a heightened force for a given wind speed, or just too much wind and pounding surf providing excessive loads that go beyond the designed specifications for the sail's name but a few of the potential causes of failure. Most of those reasons for sail failure can be avoided if we, as sailors, live within our means, accepting the limits that our equipment has and honoring that reality. Of course, there are the unforeseen sudden gusts, an out-of-sync wave or other causes for failure, but many of the reasons are avoidable. Chafe is not your friend. Protect sails…

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galley guide

Provisioning, food storage and meal prep require a lot of time and effort when you must organize and cook almost every meal you eat. Making small, conscious changes in your routine doesn’t take much effort, but it will make a difference both in your galley and on the planet. I’ve been interested in making our lives more sustainable since we moved onboard Kate in 2008. I actively make decisions to lower our impact on the environment, especially when it comes to a place where I love to spend my time; the galley. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE For decades it seems like this slogan was practiced backwards; the emphasis always put on the end action, recycling packaging. In recent years, with the startling realization of what plastics, their use and manufacture, are doing to our…

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whatever’s in the fridge frittata

A frittata, sort of a stovetop, crust-less quiche, is a great way to use up leftovers or small bits of vegetables in the fridge. I have provided a basic recipe, but you can throw whatever you have in the pan; spinach, chicken, corn, grated carrot, cooked shrimp, mushrooms, you name it. Served hot or cold, it keeps well and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 1 Small Onion½ Green Pepper2 Small Cooked Potatoes½ Cup Ham2 Tomatoes½ Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese6 Eggs3 Tbsp Cold WaterOil Dice onion, pepper, potatoes and ham. Thinly slice tomatoes. Break eggs into a large bowl, add cold water and beat until frothy. In a heavy bottom 9” frying pan heat oil over high. Sauté onion and pepper 3-5 minutes, until soft. Add ham and potatoes and…

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saint helena beckons

In distant memory are Susan and Eric Hiscock and company, those pioneering sailors who, during Peter’s childhood, planted the seed of a life on the sea – not only in him, but others germinating through the years into today’s cruising fraternity. Saint Helena always seemed to receive a whole chapter in the Hiscock’s epistles, as it was an important stop in the long haul from South Africa to the Caribbean, Bermuda, or the Azores, on the final leg home to England in their tiny vessels. Their stories were read by generations, they became legendary and Peter has long had Saint Helena on his list of destinations for his own vessel. Many years and ocean miles into his own sailing life, a number of ex-pat “Saints” are to be found working and…