Coming Soon and Editors Taking a Holiday (Vacation)


As we did this time last year, Phyllis and I are  going on a two week hiking holiday, so AAC will be quite with no new posts until we get back.

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Coming Soon

As soon as we get back, we will complete commissioning Morgan’s Cloud and get back out there, which always inspires lots of new content.

In the mean time, this is what we are working on:

Rig Tuning

Several chapters on rig tuning. This is a tricky one, and I’m not even sure I can do it clearly and well, but I’m going to give it a try because many readers have requested it. If you never see it, it means I failed to get it right.

Coming Alongside

An online book on docking (coming alongside)—probably the second biggest area of problems and anxiety for cruisers after anchoring.  But believe it or not, I actually enjoy and look forward to close quarters boat handling…I know, pervert.

Be that as it may, we will be sharing what Phyllis and I have learnt over the years handling a 25 ton boat with just two people and no bow thruster, often in wind swept harbours with no help on the wharf.

This one we have all mapped out and are confident about. There might even be video!

Person Overboard Prevention


Last season we were quietly working away on improving out person overboard prevention system and procedures on Morgan’s Cloud. This summer we will put the finishing touches to it and share the fruits of all that work as new and revised chapters in this Online Book.

Really important stuff, since if we go overboard off a short handed boat at sea our chances of rescue are small, no matter how well trained the crew, and if it’s dark and/or blowing, our chances approach zero.

And even if we are clipped on, with conventional jackline systems the chances of drowning by dragging are, as several tragedies lately have shown, pretty high too.

More Efficient Engines


Matt, AAC Engineering Corespondent has written a fascinating series that will help us understand diesel engine efficiency. Spoiler: we recreation boaters (both motor and sail) suck big time in this regard, so we will not just identify the problem but also looking at some things we can do to burn less fuel, produce less carbon and spend less money.

From Colin

Pic 1 - lowering the pole onto the foredeck to be rigged-2

We don’t tell Colin (or any of our writers) what to write about since we know whatever they send in will be great. Like Warren Buffet, we work with smart people and let ’em get on with it. Also, they will always write best about what they are focused on, not some subject that a far away editor up to his ass in snow set them.

Having said that, we have heard rumblings from the south where Pèlerin is sailing, of more sail handling tips and techniques as well as more destination pieces.

By the way, many of the loverly pictures that grace Colin’s posts, like the one above, are taken by Louise,  thank you, Louise. Plus she keeps him sane so he can write… No wait, I’m projecting what Phyllis does for me.

From The Deep South (a long way south of the Mason-Dixon line)

Our new writers Christopher and Molly with their two boys have just arrived in the Cape Verde Islands after a  42-day passage from south Georgia—yes you read that right, 42 days.

We already have one article in hand sharing what they have learnt and experienced in the last two years and over 20,000 miles, including a circumnavigation of South America, and we understand that there are at least two more articals in progress aboard Sila. In the mean time, you can keep up with the Barns family on their blog.

Adventure 40

Not a lot going on with the Adventure 40 at the moment since Erik is, as I write, heading for the Arctic for the summer in his own boat, Bagheera.

See you in two weeks.

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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.

5 comments… add one
  • richard (s/v lakota) May 11, 2015, 9:00 am

    enjoy…somehow though I don’t see somebody Bermuda born and reared being into hiking…do avoid any missteps a la several years ago…both of you please… Richard based Tampa bay

    • John May 12, 2015, 10:33 am

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks, I will endeavour to stay upright!

  • Vincent Bossley May 11, 2015, 9:15 pm

    Hi John,
    Correct me if I am wrong but I had a notion it was around this time of this year you were planning a trip to New Zealand to look at the boat building industry there? Has this been postponed or your itinerary altered?
    Enjoy your break.

    • John May 12, 2015, 10:32 am

      Hi Vincent,

      Yes, we were considering a trip to NZ, but it now looks as if it will be a couple of years down the road.

  • Steve Guy May 23, 2015, 1:31 pm

    I highly recommend the rig tuning “how to” by Brian Toss. Might give you some ideas.

    Keep up the great work.

    Steve Guy

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