Blue Water Sailing

Summer 2020

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.

United States
Blue Water Sailing
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the pleasures of pocket cruisers

WE ALWAYS ENJOY PUTTING TOGETHER OUR ANNUAL pocket cruiser issue since we have so many fond memories of sailing and cruising in small boats. My first offshore passage was a double overnight from Cape Cod to Camden, Maine aboard my parent’s Tarten 27. We hand steered the whole way and had only a radio direction finder and a depth sounder for navigation. We chose to hug the coast at a distance of about 10 miles as we sailed north so we could tick off the light houses at Cape Ann and the Isle of Shoals before setting out across the Gulf of Maine. We made landfall on Monhegan Island and then sailed up Penobscot Bay to Camden. Along the way we saw two whales, a whale shark and a pod…

2 min
safely done salty dawgs

THE HOMEWARD BOUND Flotilla from the Caribbean to the U.S. has come to a close, and all 184 boats have safely made landfall in the U.S. or Canada. The Flotilla had 473 sailors, multiple countries (31 non-U.S. flagged vessels), 3 tropical storms, and over 240,000 boat miles collectively sailed. Whew! No wonder the Salty Dawg Sailing Association volunteers are exhausted after 11 weeks of planning, plotting, texting, tracking, and rescuing from afar. With hundreds of cruisers “stuck” in the Caribbean as hurricane season approached the SDSA organized the Homeward Bound flotilla to help get sailors to safety. All sailors were welcome and many were quick to sign up for the assistance. With about a month to set up and implement weather planning, boat tracking, and safety-net assistance the Dawg board and…

4 min
notable small boat voyages

Susan and Eric Hiscock IN THE 1950, NOT LONG AFTER THE END OF World War II, Susan and Eric Hiscock had a 30-footer built to a Laurent Giles design with a circumnavigation in mind. In 1952, they set off from England and spent three years sailing westabout via Panama, the Torez Strait and the Cape of Good Hope. Their voyage was a model of seamanship and prudent adventure and they laid a wake that many, many sailors would follow. John Guzzwell ALSO IN THE 50S, ENGLISHMAN JOHN Guzzwell succumbed to the call of the sea. With a modest budget, he built a 21-foot Laurent Giles design that he named Trekka and in this little boat he set off from his home in British Columbia around the world. In 1959, after many adventures and…

15 min
atlantic crossing

DIARY EXCERPT ON 15TH JUNE: “WE need to get you into Horta ASAP,” the message on our Garmin InReach read, “There’s a low forming north of you, and if you don’t get in by Sunday morning, you could experience gale force winds of 50-60 knots.” We were about 300 nautical miles from our destination of Faial, an island of the Azores archipelago, 900 miles off the coast of Portugal. We had less than 48 hours before the low was predicted to arrive. From our calculations, we’d have to cruise at least 6.5-7 knots the entire way to make it on time. While our Moody 47 was a moderately fast boat, what if something went wrong? She was also a solid boat, but we had three children on board, we didn’t fancy…

10 min
she wanted a zephyr and got a tempest

FOR THE LAST SEVEN SEASONS, Brenda and I have spent our winters afloat, and for the last several years we have sailed in the eastern Caribbean. Last November I sailed Pandora, our Aerodyne 47, to Antigua, with crew, as part of the Salty Dawg Rally, and by February, Brenda, who joined me in Antigua, and I were in Martinique with other cruising friends, enjoying the riotous fun of Carnival. Just two weeks later, we were locked down in quarantine in St. Lucia as the threat of the Covid-19 Pandemic shuttered island after island. Along with hundreds of other cruisers, we were struggling to decide what to do. Some opted to head immediately to Grenada and Trinidad, hoping to arrive before those islands closed. In our case, we were unwilling to leave Pandora…