Some AAC News and The Editors Are Taking A Holiday (Vacation)


Phyllis and I will doing a walking trip (hence the photograph) with longtime friends, on our way to Germany to teach our High Latitude Voyaging course. So the site will be quiet for about a week and comments will be turned off too, mainly so we don’t have to deal with all the spammers.

Making Commenting Easier

Talking of comment spammers, we are working on a solution to that ongoing problem that will allow us to remove the irritating arithmetic anti-spam field that you currently have to fill out before commenting. Look for that change in late May, as long as our testing goes well. This is part of our ongoing commitment to keep commenting on our posts as easy at it can possibly be.

While We Are Away

Don’t forget there are over 750 posts categorized by subject (see menu above) and 23 Online Books (see blue menu at right with light blue background) to keep you entertained while we are away.

Coming Soon

We already have a bunch of great content ready to go when we get back including:

  • One of my list posts called 20 Myths About Offshore Voyaging, about things I used to believe but now know to be wrong.
  • A muti-part series from Colin on a voyage to South Georgia in a Boreal 44 complete with stunning photographs.
  • The first post in the unveiling of the Adventure 40 design.

Online Book Updates

In addition to all that, we have been working away in the background on several of the first edition Online Books to bring them up to our second edition standard—a complete update and rewrite—so look for that over the summer.

A Visit to Boreal

While we are in Europe, Phyllis and will be visiting Boreal, the builders of the Boreal 44 (and several larger designs) all optimized for hard core adventure voyaging. I’m sure that visit will generate some posts.

Launching Morgan’s Cloud

Last, but by no means least, we are planning to re-commission Morgan’s Cloud in June, which will I’m sure, inspire all kinds of new content as we try to remember which end goes first.

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Meet the Author


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 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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