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Blue Water Sailing

Blue Water Sailing March 2017

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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2 min.
summer sailing vacations

As we have for many years, the March issue you have in your hands (or on your tablet) carries our special section on Summer Sailing Vacations. Even though most of us cruise our own boats during the summer, many of us also like to spend a week or two cruising in some great cruising ground far from home without having to sail there. For us, based in New England, we have great cruising all around us but it is a real project to get our boat to the Bahamas, Caribbean or Pacific Northwest. So, the answer is to charter a bareboat or, perhaps, focus on building skills by attending a sailing school in some lovely and even exotic location. With this in mind, this month we offer chartering stories that focus…

1 min.
rally to the america’s cup

Offshore Passage Opportunities, based in Huntington, NY, has announced that it is running a unique new offshore rally this spring called “Rally to the Cup”. The objective of the rally is to have cruisers who want to watch the finals of the 2017 America’s Cup races in Bermuda actually sail there in their own boats. OPO’s CEO Hank Schmitt said, “Sailing to destinations as a group is an extremely rewarding experience and for East Coast sailors Bermuda is just a short, challenging few days’ sail away.” Schmitt is the founder of the North Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (NARC) so he is no stranger to rally management. The Rally to the Cup will set off from six locations along the Eastern Seaboard on June 7, which allows plenty of time for boats to…

3 min.
vendee globe round the world

The eighth running of the Vendée Globe singlehanded, non-stop race around the world provided some of the most spectacular and most intense sailing in the 28-year history of the race. At the front of the fleet it was practically a match race between British sailor Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss and the French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h aboard Banque Populaire, but, in the end, it was Le Cléac’h who prevailed and won the race in record time. His time of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds took almost four days off the old course record set in 2013 by fellow Frenchman François Gabart. The pace from the outset was fast. After an unusually mild start from Les Sables d’Olonne on the west coast of France, Alex Thomson took…

2 min.
sydney-hobart record run

The 2016 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is now in the history books and not just because the race is over. It’s there because a new course record was set when the Juan-K 100 Perpetual Loyal owned by Australian businessman Anthony Bell smashed almost five hours off the previous course record. After a Boxing Day start the super-maxi stormed to the front of the fleet and enjoyed near perfect conditions managing to finish the approximately 630-mile course in 1 day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds. was a sweet victory for Bell who had suffered damage in previous races, but for this edition the wind gods smiled on him and his crew. The wind in the Derwent River on the approach to the finish in Hobart, Tasmania, usually dies in the…

8 min.
more wind than we ever wanted

It was only a couple of days before Christmas as we approached Newport, bringing the J Boat up from Florida. The warmth of the Gulf Stream was behind us, and the forecast ahead promised stronger headwinds and lower temperatures. Much stronger and much lower. Hypothermia could be a problem, but getting around the foredeck, especially with the possibility of icing, would certainly be a problem in the heavy weather conditions. The sooner you confront reality, the more likely you will have a favorable outcome. Conditions don’t need to be as radical as those we experienced on that December approach to New England in order for them to become problematic. Gale force winds or lighter can be daunting to the unprepared. The better option is for preparation to begin now and when…

7 min.
the right way to cruise

We were in the final days of preparing to depart for our voyage south from California, where we purchased Kate, when we met a couple who were in the final leg of their latest trip. I don’t remember their names but do recall that they were in their retirement years. Particulars about their boat escape me except that it seemed small, even for a 36-footer. We only had a brief dockside conversation but three things the man said stood out for me. They had sailed well over 10,000 Cruise nautical miles that season alone. They had to strictly ration water because they had no watermaker. And they also had no refrigeration on board. I remember walking away thinking to myself that they must have been some kinda crazy to think that…