Gone Cruising

Phyllis and I have just headed out on a cruise that will, all going well, last about three months.

The good news for Attainable Adventure Cruising members is that we will be collecting a ton of ideas for new content, as well as shooting lots of photos and maybe video too.

The bad news is that this voyage will involve more time offshore and less time in anchorages working for AAC than our cruises in the last few years have allowed. And much of the time we will be off the grid with no internet access.

Phyllis’ expression reflects the weeks of hard grind it takes to get ready for an extended cruise.

The result is that our publishing schedule will be a bit erratic, often with longer gaps between posts than the maximum five days that we have kept up for the last four years.

And of course my participation in the comments will be limited by internet access too.

Also, posts will be more about places we have been and our experiences, rather than technical or how-to stuff.

But not to worry, I’m definitely planning to continue with the Coming Alongside (Docking) Online Book over the summer (the next chapter is nearly ready). That said, the gaps between chapters will be extended since these in-depth technical articles require hours, and sometimes days, of distraction-free time to complete—not exactly a feature of the kind of cruise we are planning.

So if you miss our tech stuff over the summer, don’t forget that we have:

  • Over 1000 posts available from the topics menu above, most of them technical.
  • Over 20 in-depth Online Books, available from the sidebar if you are on a computer or tablet in landscape mode, or by scrolling way down if on a phone or a tablet in portrait mode.

And don’t you dare wish days and days of being weather-bound by gales on us just to get the next docking chapter!

Wishing great cruises for all of you members who live in places where ’tis the sailing season.

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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.

11 comments… add one
  • nortonsson Jul 12, 2017, 9:31 pm

    Bon voyage!

    Wishing you and Phyllis calm seas and a prosperous voyage.

  • Allan Jul 13, 2017, 4:38 am

    Enjoy the break you guys – you deserve it!

  • Conny Harlin Jul 13, 2017, 4:48 am

    Good news! That you heading out again,,looking forward to your pics. Please Say hello to our common friends from Maine when you see them next time.
    “Fair winds” !!

  • Ernest Jul 13, 2017, 6:05 am

    Phyllis and John, have an enjoyable and safe trip, and don’t forget to keep the keel down, water out, and crew in 😉

  • Stein Varjord Jul 13, 2017, 8:10 am

    Have a great trip!
    We’re also out cruising, but just easy, up to southern Norway, and will be back in a couple of months. I assume many of the participants here are likewise busy. Coming back in a while, full of experiences and ideas. Looking forward to be exposed to it!

  • Terry Mason Jul 13, 2017, 8:11 am

    Have a ball! Circumstances have conspired to keep us more or less shore/marina bound in Maine this season, so we will have to cruise vicariously through you guys. We look forward to your posts.

  • Marc Dacey Jul 13, 2017, 1:22 pm

    Glad you two have attained some adventure and cruising. Bon voyage.

  • Robert Snelling Jul 13, 2017, 4:17 pm

    Enjoy, and fair winds

  • Jeff Rowe Jul 13, 2017, 11:24 pm

    Travel well Phyllis & John. Been a member for not quite a year now, in 50 years of yachting, I have never read such relevant and informative boating articles before. Your getting out there obviously flows back to us in return. I look forward to more of the same!!!

    • John Jul 16, 2017, 1:25 pm

      HI Jeff,

      Thanks very much for the very kind comment, much appreciated.

  • John Jul 14, 2017, 8:17 am

    Hi All,

    Thanks very much for the kind comments and best wishes. It’s great to be back on the boat and back out here. Just loving it.

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