Phyllis reviews Colin Speedie's new book, "A Sea Monster's Tale: In Search of the Basking Shark". If you enjoy Colin's writing on this site (and who doesn't?) you won't want to miss his book.
Phyllis and I are taking a 10-day holiday (vacation) while my daughter and our granddaughter are visiting. This will be our first holiday in two years from our six-posts-a-month publishing schedule and daily work in the comments and, to be frank, we need the break, particularly since the behind-the-scenes work here at AAC, including accounting, tax compliance, [...]
Colin writes about a cruise that didn't turn out as planned—something all cruisers will face at some point. All you can do then is pick yourself up and keep going. We saved this one from last season to motivate all us northern hemisphere cruisers to get stuff fixed and get out there.
During the some 35 years that John has owned offshore cruising boats, he has made some deeply stupid maintenance and gear decisions. Here's his latest blunder and what we can all learn from it.
Some of us write about extreme heavy weather survival at sea based on a few experiences accumulated over decades, combined with not a little guesswork and conjecture. And then there's Trevor. Few offshore sailors have even one-tenth the first-hand survival storm experience that Trevor shares in this article.
Anyone who goes to sea needs to read every word in this chapter with great care and attention.
So how can we be sure whether or not heaving-to will result in a knock-down or roll-over in heavy weather? John tackles this difficult but vital question.
John sticks his neck out and gets right controversial but it's really all about seamanship...it's always all about seamanship.
After our miserable experience with Lopolight, we are looking for an alternative. Please help.
A new Online Book on docking (coming alongside) that will truly take the drama out of this everyday activity for cruisers.
Changing survival strategies in the middle of a storm at sea is not something that any of us want to be faced with, but here are some thoughts from John about how that might be done safely.
John is thinking about modern anchors, the Vendée Globe, winter storage, and why the heck is it so hard to sell Nova Scotia as a winter yachting destination?
Lovers of Colin's lyrical and entertaining articles have a treat coming: he has written a whole book about his decades of professional sailing and work in basking shark conservation.
John had a great chat with a deeply experienced (250,000 miles) ocean racing sailor. Here are some insights.
John takes a look at recent disturbing trends that could result in bad outcomes for us voyaging cruisers.
John takes a look at the latest news on Iridium satellite phones and GO!, some real world reports from users, and finishes with some solid purchase and usage recommendations.