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 [...]
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 [...]
A while ago, we got an email from an American reader who wanted to know where he could clear Canada Customs in Nova Scotia. He had searched Canada Customs’ (Canada Border Services Agency—CBSA) website and couldn't find an answer. So, thinking he must have just missed the relevant page, I spent a long time searching [...]
We offshore sailors tend to throw the word seamanship around with gay abandon, but what does it really mean? I have been thinking about that a lot lately. Here's my definition.
Now there's a benefit of multihulls that I hadn't thought of. By the way, I don't write much about multihulls simply because I haven't had any experience with them since I skippered a head-boat catamaran around Bermuda some forty years ago as a moonlighting job when I was a barely-making-it sailmaker. We used to load [...]
We have always believed that robust, but always polite, debate makes all the participants better seamen. Today we codify that in a formal editorial policy.
I have heard of "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut", but...
We went for an after-dinner stroll in Lunenburg last evening and found the old Volvo 60, Amer Sports 1, alongside the visitor float. In her day, early in the millennium, she represented the pinnacle of high tech racing machines, designed and built to be sailed in the Volvo fully crewed around the world race by [...]
Most of our regular readers will know well that I am a dedicated fan of metal boats, so the following post may come as something of a surprise. For although Lou and I chose aluminium for our own voyaging boat, I still retain a love of wooden boats—aesthetically at least—particularly the honest, robust gaff-rigged wooden [...]
In my experience long distance cruisers are great lovers of the marine environment, whether it be clean seas, marine wildlife or their favourite wild places. If that is indeed true, we’d be the last people to want to cause harm to pristine places, either deliberately or unwittingly. And yet, as I recently learned, the latter [...]
For years people have asked us to write a book on offshore voyaging. Our answer has always been, “we already have”. After all, there are some 650 posts on this site averaging around 1000 words each—about the size of War and Peace! But the problem with that answer is that no matter how well a [...]
My post on the rebuild of the Bluenose II attracted a good readership, so I’m thinking that some of you might be interested in learning more about the series of races that the original Bluenose was built to win. A series that was inspired by the desire of working schooner fishermen to go out and [...]
Over the years I have been a member of several yacht clubs and I have enjoyed the benefits provided by these organizations and the opportunities to meet new people and make new friends. On the other hand, I have always been a little uncomfortable with the elitism that most yacht clubs imply by their requirements [...]
My friend Wilson is the project manager of the “rebuild” of the Bluenose II, nearing completion in Lunenburg just a few minutes away from our base camp here in Nova Scotia. He was kind enough to give me a tour today. I have the word “rebuild” in inverted commas, because the result of this project [...]