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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
The publishing team here at AAC world headquarters is ready for spring. We have some other news too.
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.
So much of what is wonderful about voyaging is the people you meet...and sometimes the art they make.
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.