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Cruising World January/February 2020

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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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United States
Bonnier Corporation
35,75 kr(Inkl. moms)
215,03 kr(Inkl. moms)
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4 min
editor’s log

It’s for the ISLAND Critters As goodwill ambassadors go, it would be tough to top Moonpie. She is, after all, one cute-looking island pup that went from unwanted to beloved by her new owner, Christine Joseph, who herself is a big cheerleader for PAW BVI, a volunteer animal welfare group on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. Promoting Animal Welfare, or PAW, was founded in 2014 to raise funds to spay or neuter strays and pets whose owners couldn’t afford to have it done. The mission is pretty simple and clearly stated on PAW’s Facebook page: “We believe that by doing this we can decrease the number of animals in need of homes and also decrease the number of animals vulnerable to abuse, poisoning and starvation.” Besides encouraging pets to be fixed, PAW…

16 min

MARQUESAS MAGIC On the fifth morning of our soggy upwind passage, a green smudge took shape on the horizon. The spray from the confused seas coated every surface on deck with a crusty layer of salt, and wormed its way through every portlight and hatch, dripping onto the berths and settees with irritating persistence. The unpredictable upwind motion tossed us around like a snow globe in the hands of a rambunctious child. We were bruised and exhausted. The anticipation was palpable. This upwind bash, while uncomfortable, had always been part of the plan. After crossing the Pacific on our Valiant 40, Halcyon, my husband and I started cruising the South Pacific in the Gambier Archipelago, in the southeast corner of French Polynesia, then slowly explored north and west through the Tuamotus. From…

1 min
skip tahiti?

As the Gifford family completes projects on Totem and wraps up their time in the boatyard, they are planning their Pacific voyage, and for the first time wondering, “Should we skip Tahiti?” New anchoring regulations in some of French Polynesia’s most popular locations, including Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea, seem to be sending a clear signal that cruisers aren’t wanted anymore. The biggest reason cited? Environmental damages caused by careless anchoring. “I’m keen to find the lesson in any situation,” Behan Gifford writes. “What’s the lesson here? That we (cruisers) need to lose entitlement and gain perspective for our negative impact, real or perceived. It’s incumbent on us to proactively be good citizens.” Read more at cruisingworld.com/sailing-totem and voiliers.asso.pf Boat of the Year 2020 The judging team had their hands full this year! Be sure…

8 min
on watch

Golden TIMES We should do something,” my wife, Carolyn, said. “Something special.” Carolyn is still a party gal. She loves to invite fellow sailors aboard our 43-foot Wauquiez ketch Ganesh or visit on their boats, or even go ashore to mingle with the dirt dwellers. She is far more social than me. “You mean for our 50th?” I asked. She came aboard my boat in 1968 to sew up my curtains, and has been stitching happiness into my life ever since. We were both 15 years old at the time and, being a gentleman, I waited until she turned 16 to suggest we run away to sea together. Sadly, she wanted to complete high school first. “How middle class,” I had sniffed at the time. However, patience is a sailor’s virtue. At age 18, fresh from…

6 min

Canoe KIDS They arrive shortly after we throw the anchor in a wide, protected bay in the Western Province, Solomon Islands. The scout boat stands off, cautiously waiting for our cue. We wave and ask, “You got something?” Our inquiry is met with bright smiles and whispers as the two girls in the dugout canoe tentatively paddle closer. Once they finally reach the boat, the girl in the bow holds onto the toe rail, and there are more whispers and giggles. This shy stalemate could last forever, and so we ask again, “What you got?” “Lemons!” they declare. They proceed to hold up a small plastic bag filled with limes, the words interchangeable here. “Yes, we like. You want trade? You want money?” “Lollies?” they respond. They, like kids the world over, want candy. But…

7 min
point of view

The SHAPESHIFTER It’s a dim, drizzly morning, and the truck that bore Kraken from Florida awaits us at the entrance to the marina. For all that I’ve officially lived in New Jersey most of my life, I’ve never berthed a boat here, and it seems strange. And the shape-shifter on the trailer in front of me is even stranger. My husband, Tom, and I bought the Kaiser Gale Force 34 in 1990 to cruise the world while we let the recession of the late 1980s sort itself out. Here she was, back in our possession after 25 years away. Most of the deep-ocean sailing we’ve done has been more recent on Oddly Enough, a Peterson 44 we sailed from Florida through the Panama Canal to Borneo, halfway around the world, over 10…