Members' Online Book: Getting Out There Cruising, Chapter 2 of 13

What Really Matters—The Big Five…Revisited


Some years ago, while preparing for one of our high latitude voyages, Phyllis and I were feeling completely and utterly overwhelmed by our task list, to the point we were starting to wonder if it was all worth it.

But rather than postponing the voyage, or changing to easier goals, we came up with a list of what really matters in offshore sailing. And using that list we got better at prioritizing, and that in turn led to many more successful voyages over the years with less stress.

In fact, the list worked so well that it became the core of our voyaging philosophy.

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

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