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Blue Water Sailing Summer 2019

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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Blue Water Sailing
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
brave new world of publishing

It’s 23 years since we started Blue Water Sailing in the attic of our home in Jamestown, RI and, it’s 24 years since Rosie, Si, Tim and I sailed our Mason 43, Clover, back into Narragansett Bay after a five-year circumnavigation. On the long last leg home from the Canary Islands via Bermuda, we set ourselves the project of figuring out what we would do next. We knew we were now unemployable and that we’d have to work for ourselves. And we knew we wanted to launch a new magazine for blue water sailors. The internet was in its infancy, but we had been following its development for the two years we had been cruising in the Med and could see its potential. The question we asked ourselves was, would we…

6 min
discovering saba

A quick glance at my cell phone reminded me of the lack of coverage, causing the anchorage to feel even more remote than it first appeared. As I sat in ROAM’s cockpit, our Moody 47, I marveled at the birds in full flight in the shadow of the towering cliffs. Mountain goats could be heard bleating in the distance from impossibly high perches, and I watched in awe as a family of goats balanced precariously on a narrow ridge. Arriving into Fort Bay earlier that afternoon offered little protection from the ever so slight northerly swell that caused our boat to roll as though we were still underway. With the ocean floor 20 meters below our yacht, it was far too deep to anchor, so we had tied to a mooring…

8 min
from marion to bermuda… or bust

It’s another Bermuda Race year, but this year the start is up Buzzard’s Bay and out of Marion, Massachusetts. Racing, however, is just one of the many reasons that sailors fetch up on those wreck-strewn, reef-surrounded, sandy, and yet still hospitable Bermuda shores. At times, it can be a real trial by fire to get to those shores. Fortunately for Marion - Bermuda racers, June is probably the best month of the year to make that passage, but even June can present its share of surprises. While Bermuda might be the ideal point in the Atlantic Ocean to make a stop whether you’re coming up from the Caribbean bound for New England, heading from Charleston or the Chesapeake Bay to Europe or involved in this year’s race to Bermuda, each…

8 min
landfall antigua: a cruiser’s home away from home

If you have never sailed the southeastern Caribbean, you’ve missed some of the best sailing anywhere. With a variety of well protected harbors, short line-of-sight sailing distances between islands and consistent tradewind sailing on a reach, for cruisers, this area simply cannot be beat. Make landfall in Antigua, arguably the sailing capital of the Caribbean and you’ll know that you’ve come to the right place to begin your winter cruising season. Brenda and I have cruised widely between Maine and Key West, multiple seasons in the Bahamas and a cruise that took us from George Town, Bahamas, westward along the south coast of Cuba. For us, after visiting so many wonderful cruising grounds, the eastern Caribbean has become our go-to area for winter cruising where we have spent the last few…

5 min
beveridge reef

One of the romantic images of sailing is that of disappearing into the distance, to be alone amongst nature. As sailors we are beckoned by the horizon and what lies beyond, driven by the thrill of exploring unknown territories and remote places. These are times when we find ourselves freed from the call of duty on the shore, leaving social engagements, schedules and dates far behind us. Such an environment is becoming harder to find these days, as even some of the most isolated anchorages have acquired a beach bar and WiFi. While these can be highly desirable, allowing one to keep in touch with far away family members and general life admin while swapping stories with fellow sailors over a sundowner, sometimes you just want to get away from…

5 min
american summer sailing vacation guide

Most of us don’t have the time to sail our own boats far from our home water every year and instead enjoy summer after summer of exploring places we may have been many times before. But, if you hanker to discover new cruising grounds and have a week or two to spare for summer vacations, then chartering a bare boat or attending a sailing school can make for a fun and unique way to try something new, build skills and make a family memory. CHARTERING CLOSE TO HOME: NORTHERN EXPLORATIONS Around North America there are some of the best cruising grounds you will find anywhere in the world and during the summer months you can explore the higher latitudes. The Pacific Northwest, with all of its islands, canals, remote anchorages and spectacular…