Contrasts in Cruising



Question: What do these two photographs have in common?

Answer: I made them both from the deck of Morgan’s Cloud.

The first while crossing Upernavik Icefjord on the north west coast of Greenland, one of the wilder places on the planet, and the second while leaving New York harbour, one of the most urban. I photographed the lady three months and about four thousand miles after the fjord.

Sure, you could accomplish the same thing in two weeks on a cruise ship, if one were going that way, and in a couple of days using scheduled aircraft.

But to do it on our own boat as a result of our own efforts, that is a very special thing. How truly fortunate Phyllis and I are to be able to travel in the way we do.

(Click on photographs to enlarge.)

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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