Coastal Passages, Part 2—Rounding HeadlandsReading Time: 8 minutes
In the first chapter in this five part series, Colin shared his overall planning process. He now moves on to a more detailed look at the features that almost always control how we approach and execute a passage: headlands and capes.
Coastal Passages, Part 1—Making a Plan, 10 TipsReading Time: 7 minutes
Many voyagers worry most about ocean passages but, in fact, the dangers are far higher on a coastal passage. Colin, who has made countless passages along one of the most challenging coasts anywhere, is eminently qualified to guide us through the coastal passage planning process.
SARCA Excel Anchor—A Real World TestReading Time: 11 minutes
Colin’s in-depth, real-world test and review of the SARCA Excel anchor, based on a season of use in a cruising ground that is notoriously difficult to anchor in.
Colin on AnchoringReading Time: 8 minutes
Colin shares some techniques he was reminded of while spending the summer cruising the south coast of Newfoundland, a challenging place to anchor if ever there was one.
The Southwest Coast of Newfoundland—An IntroductionReading Time: 8 minutes
Colin carries on with the story of their 2018 cruise: A nerve jangling approach, deserted anchorages, a spooky abandoned village and managing a boat mechanical problem of the type that seem to plague us all sooner or later—a tale of real cruising.
Cabot Strait—Alias “The Chuck”Reading Time: 9 minutes
Colin carries on with his tale of an unsurprisingly unpleasant crossing to Newfoundland with a surprisingly pleasant landfall.
Getting Back Into The Cruising Life—2018 Season on PèlerinReading Time: 7 minutes
The first of Colin’s voyaging articles on their 2018 season cruising Atlantic Canada.
The Golden Globe Race 2018—And They’re OffReading Time: 6 minutes
The Golden Globe Race 2018 has started, and Colin, who lives in Falmouth, site of the feeder race start, takes a look at the boats and the competitors.
Boréal Yachts—Eight Years OnReading Time: 6 minutes
Eight years ago a new boat builder launched one of the most innovative cruising boats we have seen in a generation. Since then, Colin has been an eye witness to, and participant in, making those boats ever better. Now he and Managing Director Jean-Francois Eeman sit down to discuss what Boréal has accomplished and reveal some of their plans for the future.
There’s A Light…Reading Time: 2 minutes
There’s so much writing about the latest and greatest gear in the cruiser’s world. Here’s a pleasant break from that in which Colin shares simpler gear that takes him back to a time when his fascination and love for voyaging was still fresh and new.
The Bras d’Or Lakes—And Now For Something Completely Different…Reading Time: 7 minutes
Colin takes us to the legendary among cruisers, idyllic and sheltered Bras d’Or Lakes of Nova Scotia.
Surviving The Boatyard—Part 2Reading Time: 9 minutes
Managing a boatyard stay is all about good planning and getting the details right. Colin provides vital tips that will help from haul to re-launch.
Surviving The Boatyard—Part 1Reading Time: 8 minutes
A simple guide from Colin on how to select, manage and (perhaps?) enjoy your stay in the boatyard, wherever it may be.
The Golden Globe Race—The Boats and the RefitsReading Time: 9 minutes
In Part 3 of his analysis of the Golden Globe Race, Colin examines the boats selected, cost of refits, and most importantly, how that relates to realistic budgets for cruisers planning to buy an old boat and upgrade it for ocean voyaging.
The Golden Globe Race—The Good News and The Bad NewsReading Time: 7 minutes
Colin’s eagerly anticipated update on his involvement in the 2018 Golden Globe Race as project manager for one of the competitors.