This whole transiting the Northwest Passage (The Passage) in a yacht is getting out of hand and many (maybe most) of the crews and boats trying it shouldn't be anywhere near the place. How can someone who has spent much of the last 20 years in the high latitudes in a yacht say that without being a [...]

Always Take The Weather With You

Colin is back from sailing in Scotland with one of his loverly marine wildlife articles. If this doesn't move you...well, you are some cold hearted.

We Are Not “Captains”

This post is going to get me in all kinds of hot water, but I just can't stand it any more. I tried to ignore it, I really did, but it's no good, I have to say something. What's making me crazy is the current fashion for recreational mariners, particularly on VHF radio, to call each other [...]

How To Get A Better Marine Survey

Every time I post about structural issues or refits the subject of poor surveys of used boats comes up. Now I'm sure there are many reputable surveyors out there striving to do the best job they can, but on the other hand I am hearing a distressing number of stories about surveys that were sketchy at [...]

“Bagheera” Reaches Greenland

Erik de Jong, designer, and one-day builder of the Adventure 40, has arrived at Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, after a passage from Halifax with a single refuelling stop at St. John's, Newfoundland, in his expedition sailboat "Bagheera". This is the first leg of Erik's planned science and filming cruise of the west coat of [...]

We just finished teaching our new High Latitude Voyaging course for the first time. We had a capacity audience of 25 in Munich, Germany for two days of intense work as we packed in as many of the lessons that we have learned in 22 years of sailing in the Arctic and adjacent North Atlantic [...]

Five Quotes To Voyage By

Writing our High Latitude Voyaging course materials reminded me of four great quotes that really apply to cruising, and then I added one. Also a quick report on our activities at Boreal.

20 Myths About Offshore Sailing

I'm constantly amazed by the number of accepted "facts" about offshore sailing that, when subjected to rigorous analysis, turn out to be wrong. Here are 20 such myths.

This and That–March

The publishing team here at AAC world headquarters is ready for spring. We have some other news too.

Bottomfeeder

As an ocean sailor, or an aspiring one, we are sure you are as concerned as we are about the rampant overfishing of the world's seas. But there is some good news: you can eat fish sustainably and avoid dosing yourself with horrible industrial toxins at the same time. Learn how from this book.

Still Life Of Maine

So much of what is wonderful about voyaging is the people you meet...and sometimes the art they make.

Don’t Leave It Too Late

It's a time of year when all of us, hopefully, are focused on the things that really matter, family, friends and life direction, and Colin has the perfect post to fit into that. Don't miss it. I promise it will make you think and it might just change your life.

Salty Dawg Rally—What The Hell?

I suspect that this post is not going to make me popular, but I’m seething about what’s happening with these rallies and offshore voyaging in general, so here goes—brace yourselves. What the heck is going on here? As I understand it, 116 boats were registered in the Salty Dawg Rally and at least five of [...]

Funny the triggers that get me thinking about larger issues. A few weeks ago, while we were visiting Bermuda and out with friends on the water, we passed the house in the picture above. It’s a pretty nice house. It shares an island in Hamilton Harbour with several other private residences. It has a small [...]

This and That—November

It’s amazing how often we see this: an otherwise substantial anchoring set up totally compromised by one small detail. Can you spot it? Please leave a comment. Just to keep things simple, I’m only talking about the starboard anchor. Colin, AAC European Correspondent, and Louise, Colin's partner in sailing, business and life, have a new [...]