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Blue Water Sailing September 1, 2015

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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cruising boats evolve

As we were putting together our annual Preview of New Monohulls for 2016, it struck us just how new and different many of the new cruising boats are that will be presented to the public this fall at the boat shows. The times are certainly changing.Many of the new designs have plumb bows with small sprits or extending sprits for flying asymmetrical spinnakers. Many have nearly flat transoms that fold down to reveal wide boarding platforms. Some larger boats have dinghy garages behind these folding transoms where a RIB can be stowed securely while the boat is underway.Sheer lines have become flatter and flatter over the years and gone, pretty much, are those springy sheer lines that we used to associate with yachts. Topsides have become higher and higher above…

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greece is open for cruising

Greece has been in the headlines for the past year and this summer the country’s financial crisis came to a head with the closing of the banks. The negotiations between Greece and the European Union have been dragging on and there seemed to be little desire to bail out the Greeks, particularly on the part of the Germans.As one of the Med’s most popular cruising grounds, Greece usually attracts thousands of sailing tourists every summer and in August the harbors throughout the Ionian and Aegean Seas are usually packed with foreign flag vessels on annual holiday.But given the financial crisis, what is life like for cruisers who sail there this year? For an insight, BWS turned to the invaluable website for cruisers In mid-July there were several posts from…

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gary takes a vacation

The author at easeMy wife Virginia and I left Punta Gorda, Florida on our 45’ Hunter Passage 450 Honeymoon Forever in February of this year to begin our multi-year cruise. With no particular destination in mind except to follow the weather, have fun, and be safe. I do not mean we would just meander aimlessly, we knew that for the first few years we would work our way through the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and The Virgins (US and BVI). So after several months in the Bahamas a plan took place. We were anchored off Stocking Island, Georgetown, Bahamas on a beautiful sun drenched afternoon, after a delicious lunch at Chat N Chill when she proposed this plan. Virginia and I would fly to Florida, check…

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el niño

In July the National Weather Service and NOAA announced that the 2015 El Niño was building into one of the biggest such events on record and equal to the huge El Niño in 1997. The effect of this massive warming of the waters of the eastern South Pacific stretch around the world and have serious economic impacts, both positive and negative.For blue water sailors who are heading into the South Pacific now or in 2016, weather patterns are likely to vary a lot from the regular trade winds that they expect to find. Those headed south to Mexico and the Caribbean are destined to see very different weather with Central America forecast to have more storms than usual and the Caribbean fewer.THE CHILDThe El Niño phenomenon was first documented and…

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the inevitability of problems

(Photo by Laurie Warner)Spain or bust: as always, it could have gone either way. Prior to our departure from Jamestown, RI in June, preparations had been thoroughly reviewed and executed. The Swan 56, Moondance was a tried and tested vessel ready for sea. For most of the crew, the passage from Jamestown to Spain by way of the Azores would be their first transatlantic crossing, although most had sailed to Bermuda and back several times and completed other sailing milestones. With eight people onboard, we had a wide variety of experiences and preferences, and we could either turn that into an asset or a liability. How we would treat each other, deal with the extended time at sea and the inevitable problems that would arise was an uncertainty.Michael, Moondance’s owner,…

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the new inland navigational rules

Last year about this time, the USCG changed the US Inland Navigation Rules and their Annexes. These are the rules that apply inside most point-to-point lines across coastal bays or inlets leading to the ocean—notable exceptions are all of Puget Sound, AK, and HI waters. There has been little notice of these changes despite a couple details of interest to sailors. Knowing these details could save you up to one hundred dollars; not knowing them could cost you a couple hundred dollars.The goal of the changes was to bring the wording and format more in line with that of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) or simply the International Rules. Another goal was to address recommendations made by the Navigation…