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Why can't I see the rest of this post? (click here).In the last few months several people have written to me asking my opinion on the loss of Uncontrollable Urge and the subsequent death of a crew member wearing a Spinlock Deckvest.

I would strongly recommend that everyone read the US Sailing report, but the summary is that the boat ended up on an exposed lee shore after a rudder failure while racing, and as the six crew struggled to make the shore through the breaking surf, four out of the five Spinlock Lifevests worn repositioned so that the flotation chamber pulled over the wearer’s head to one side of the body. The one vest from another manufacturer (Sterns SOSpenders) did not fail in this way.

As many of you know, Phyllis and I have long been big time fans and users of the Spinlock lifevest/harness, so this issue is of more than academic interest to us.

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Getting Your Mojo Back

Even the best of seaman get rusty after a period ashore. Colin shares the process of getting back in the voyaging groove.

Featured Comments, January

The quality of  the comments we get here at AAC never ceases to amaze me. And, perhaps even more importantly, I'm constantly learning from, and being inspired by, the dialogue. A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with my son-in-law Ryan about this and he pointed out that we needed to do more to [...]

A Real Sailor’s Motorboat Launched

Chapter 6 of 6 in the Online Book Motorboats For Sailors (Second Edition)

I have written quite a bit about sailor's motorboats and as part of that project we analyzed a very interesting boat in-build in New Zealand. That boat, the Artnautica 58, has now been launched and is in the middle of sea-trials with encouraging results. It's too early in the testing process to draw firm conclusions, particularly since [...]

It’s Great To Be Back!

Following a long spell in the land of work, Lou and I have been back in Grenada for nearly three weeks now, getting Pèlerin back into shape for a long sailing season. We plan to really cover some miles this year, so there has been plenty to do! It’s axiomatic that successful cruises are proportionally [...]

This and That–December

It's been a while since we did a this and that post, so here goes. The photo above is the shop window at Arthur Beale, a chandlery (yacht shop) in London. Earlier this year our friend Alasdair Flint, who we originally met on a dark and foggy night when we talked him into a tight anchorage (using [...]

Our Year In Pictures–2014

As is our wont at this time of year we have created a slideshow story of our doings over the past 12 months. But before we show that, the picture below is of Phyllis decorating our Christmas tree, one that is definitely of the Charlie Brown variety since we selected it from our property here in [...]

Happy Holidays–Download Your Gift eBook

A huge holiday season thank you to all of our members for joining. Please login in (sidebar) and scroll down to download your gift eBook. Please read this. You will have trouble if you don't! The eBook is a PDF and can be read on pretty much any device. (It looks insanely great on a Retina iPad.) [...]