The near-universal availability of accurate weather forecasts and GRIBs is great, but over analyzing the data can lead to analysis paralysis and missed opportunities. Colin tells the story of an imperfect forecast that lead to a perfect voyage. Free feature post.
The Virgin Island are a great place for a charter escape, but do you really want to cruise there? And if so, where are the hidden gems? Colin tells all.
Alter two full seasons in the Eastern Caribbean, Colin has found the best places...and he is even willing to share them with us in his usual lyrical prose.
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 [...]
Colin's clear and insightful summary of their season cruising the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. Don't miss it, this is the real story on this popular cruising destination from a deeply experienced voyager.
"Boat Boys" in the Eastern Caribbean. Now there's a subject to rouse passionate debate in in any group of cruisers. Colin does his usual insightful and sensitive job of exploring the issue, along with some great tips for dealing with the practitioners of that trade. Not to be missed.
Leaving Grenada was tough, as we’d had such an enjoyable stay, and there was still plenty to see. But with family aboard, and the whole of the rest of the island chain to explore, we were on our way without a backward glance. One of the great things about the Caribbean is that there’s so [...]
There’s nothing like a departure that has been long anticipated to get the adrenaline flowing. Add to the risks inherent with going to sea the possibility, however slim, of a possible attack and boarding by pirates, and you’ll be wide-awake, I can assure you. As indeed we were as we set off on our first [...]
In the past I met many people who expressed amazement and envy for my then way of life: skippering yachts on wildlife research projects. And for the most part they were right, it was an enviable way of life. And although the pay was awful and the hours endless, the rewards were colossal, not least in [...]
Colin finishes off his online book about a Trans-Atlantic via a route less traveled with a clear eyed analysis of the benefits and challenges of cruising Brazil. Not only will this chapter be of use to those with that country in their cruising plans, Colin also does a masterful job of discussing the issues that a voyager visiting any country with a very different language and culture from their own should consider.
Leaving Rio wasn’t difficult for us. After just a few days in the city we were longing for the peace and quiet of rural Brazil once more, far from the noise and security concerns of the big city. Besides, we had an overdue appointment to keep with one of the country’s great natural wonders, the [...]
Land people sometimes ask what we cruisers do out there in the dark in the middle of the ocean. You don't keep going all night, do you? Yes, we keep sailing. Don’t you just go to bed? No, we have to keep a watch out at all times. What for—surely there’s nothing out there? Well not a [...]
We’re often asked whether we make much use of our lifting keel and rudder, and the answer is always an unequivocal "Yes"! Having real shoal draft capability (0.8m with board and rudder up) is a huge plus, not just for exploring rivers and creeks but also sheltered bays and islands, and we take full advantage [...]
Like many of you, we’re lovers of islands, especially if they’re small and peaceful. Since our arrival in Brazil, we’ve visited a few, but mainly ones that have been sizeable and busy like Itaparica. So as soon we arrived in the lovely Baia de Camamu, we were scanning the chart for the right sort of [...]
Our decision to make Salvador our landfall in Brazil was due to a mix of the prosaic and the profound. In practical terms, it’s an easy port to enter, it is strategically well placed for arrivals at this time of year bound further south, and once you’re rested up after the Atlantic, the winds and [...]