There are so many skills required to be a competent seaman. The trick to getting out there cruising is prioritizing the ones that really matter. Membership not required to read this post.
It's time for yacht clubs to rethink and to stop projecting a stuffy last century vibe. Free post.
Celebrating the middle of the sailing season (in the North) with post on a cool meeting with great potential for AAC, a great video, and some other fun stuff too. Free post.
Solving a fundamental problem standing between us and a real Adventure 40 that we can sail away.
A few thoughts and photographs in a FREE post to start the month off: lee shores, pubs, books, and a sobering reminder.
Thinking smart, rather than lazy, can make all the difference when voyaging...and in life.
I recently came across a video that asks adventurers how they define "adventure", which made me think about how I define it. This is important--we call our business Attainable Adventure Cruising!
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 [...]
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 [...]
I rarely attend major boat shows these days, and sincerely don’t regret it. In the past I spent many a day on stands for whoever it was that I was working for, or supporting, at that time, generally in the foul aired mausoleum that housed the late, lamented (?) London Boat Show at Earl’s Court. Not [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]