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Cruising World January/February 2019

Cruising World is your passport for exploring the world’s coastlines and oceans while voyaging under sail. Its contributors inspire and entertain through stories, pictures and videos that underscore the beauty and adventure of sailing, while providing instruction on the disciplines of seamanship, navigation and boat handling. The Cruising World community is made up of experienced, committed sailors and boat owners. No matter their long-range sailing plans, Cruising World’s mission is to nurture their dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure features.

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4 min.
shrinking expectations

Wintry mix forecasted. Now that’s a chilling reminder that once again I waited too long to get the winter cover on the boat. For those who haven’t tried it, shrink wrapping (the verb) is a lot like facing a dentist appointment for a filling. Though you know you’ll be better off for going, you can think of all sorts of reasons to perhaps postpone. And like the inevitable toothache that results from too many delays, there’s a price to pay, because one morning you’ll awaken and step out into a cockpit full of slippery snow. At the marina where our boat spends the winter up here in Newport, Rhode Island, do-it-yourself shrink wrapping has taken on the traits of a popular fall sporting event. Players choose sides (I’ll help with your boat…

17 min.

A PERFECT ANCHORAGE A cloudless sky, a palm-fringed islet and a clear lagoon — who doesn’t dream of anchorages like this? Memories of the atolls have been calling to my husband, Seth, and me ever since we left the South Pacific 10 years ago. So when we once again had the time to make the crossing, we jumped at it. Adding to our excitement was the fact that we’ve become avid photographers in that decade. Looking at pictures from our circumnavigation always conjures regret that we were not photographers then and didn’t capture our stunning experiences with equally stunning images. So here we were, not only about to revisit Polynesia, but to do it with an arsenal of DSLRs and a burly underwater housing. We try to keep photography a passion rather than…

1 min.
passage notes

Ladies! Let’s go Sailing! The Sailing Convention for Women is heading back to the Corinthian Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California, on February 2, 2019. This fun day includes both land-and water-based workshops covering a wide range of topics. All skill levels are welcome. The registration fee of $225 covers all workshop sessions, three meals and a souvenir gift. Sign up at sailing conventionfor women.com Mustique Blues On the hunt for some great live music while cruising through the Caribbean this winter? Check out the Mustique Blues Festival, January 23 through February 6, 2019. Basil’s Bar is hosting the event, featuring world-class blues musicians. Mustique is a small island within the popular cruising ground of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For more info, visit basilsbar.com. Need a Vacation? If you’re interested in taking a sailing vacation,…

6 min.
keep your hands off

Immediately after completing a 38-day passage from Cape Town, South Africa, to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I raced on a lovely yawl named Osprey. And I was honored when Larry Best, a highly competitive Virgin Islands racing skipper, allowed me to helm her on the downwind run with the massive chute up. There is a certain irony here. Larry probably figured my helming skills would be pretty good after such a long downhill South Atlantic passage. I knew, however, that Larry had already steered his vessel, that very day, more than I had hand-steered my cruising sailboat in the past year or two. The fact is that offshore sailors almost never steer their boats, and with good reason. Steering is fatiguing. If a cruising couple steers their vessel watch-on,…

8 min.
at home on the sea

Seated comfortably in the cockpit on my second watch of the night, I set my book down on the cushion next to me to check the spinnaker and mainsail, and scan the horizon. All good. A steady southerly drew us forward toward Kodiak Island, which was still a couple hundred miles to the west. Along with the swell, I could see the breeze on the water, illuminated by the moon. Over my shoulder and just above the southern horizon, it was full and glowing bright, sending a shaft of light across the water that seemed to extend all the way to us. Fine on the port bow and above the mast, Jupiter twinkled like a sparkling, icy jewel. To starboard, the sun had set just over two hours prior, but a dusky,…

6 min.
exuma park’s new protector

The Bahamas’ Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park stretches for 22 miles, from Wax Cay Cut at the north end to Conch Cut in the south. Established in 1959, the park is a marine protected area, and as such, is a no-take zone, both on land and under the water. It’s a special place and a favorite among cruising sailors, with many returning year after year. New for the 2018-2019 winter season, cruisers visiting the park will encounter modest anchorage fees, which will help support the park’s renewed commitment to marine conservation and educational outreach (see “If You Go”). Protecting the flora and fauna of the 176-square-mile park while also educating visitors and nearby communities about the importance of the park’s mission is a big job. Brent Burrows started his position…