Rants/Musings

This and That, July

At lunch with Andy Schell & Mia Karlsson of 59 North.

Celebrating the middle of the sailing season (in the North) with post on a cool meeting with great potential for AAC, a great video, and some other fun stuff too.

What Is Adventure?

Phyllis contemplates the meaning of Adventure at the same fjord on the east coast where Fridtjof Nansen started the heroic age of exploration with his 1888 transit of Greenland.

I recently came across a video that asks adventurers how they define "adventure", which made me think about how I define it. This is important—we call our business Attainable Adventure Cruising!

Featured Comments, January

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The quality of  the comments we get here at AAC never ceases to amaze me. And, perhaps even more importantly, I'm constantly learning from, and being inspired by, the dialogue. A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with my son-in-law Ryan about this and he pointed out that we needed to do more to [...]

This and That, December

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It's been a while since we did a this and that post, so here goes. The photo above is the shop window at Arthur Beale, a chandlery (yacht shop) in London. Earlier this year our friend Alasdair Flint, who we originally met on a dark and foggy night when we talked him into a tight anchorage (using [...]

Where Do We Go From Here?

Boreal 52 ‘Nordlicht’ at the La Rochelle Boat Show.

I rarely attend major boat shows these days, and sincerely don’t regret it. In the past I spent many a day on stands for whoever it was that I was working for, or supporting, at that time, generally in the foul aired mausoleum that housed the late, lamented (?) London Boat Show at Earl’s Court. Not [...]

We Are Not “Captains”

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This post is going to get me in all kinds of hot water, but I just can't stand it any more. I tried to ignore it, I really did, but it's no good, I have to say something. What's making me crazy is the current fashion for recreational mariners, particularly on VHF radio, to call each other [...]

Five Quotes To Voyage By

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Writing our High Latitude Voyaging course materials reminded me of four great quotes that really apply to cruising, and then I added one. Also a quick report on our activities at Boreal.

Don’t Leave It Too Late

It's a time of year when all of us, hopefully, are focused on the things that really matter, family, friends and life direction, and Colin has the perfect post to fit into that. Don't miss it. I promise it will make you think and it might just change your life.

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Funny the triggers that get me thinking about larger issues. A few weeks ago, while we were visiting Bermuda and out with friends on the water, we passed the house in the picture above. It’s a pretty nice house. It shares an island in Hamilton Harbour with several other private residences. It has a small [...]

This and That, November

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It’s amazing how often we see this: an otherwise substantial anchoring set up totally compromised by one small detail. Can you spot it? Please leave a comment. Just to keep things simple, I’m only talking about the starboard anchor. Colin, AAC European Correspondent, and Louise, Colin's partner in sailing, business and life, have a new [...]

When Bureaucracy Runs Amok

A while ago, we got an email from an American reader who wanted to know where he could clear Canada Customs in Nova Scotia. He had searched Canada Customs’ (Canada Border Services Agency—CBSA) website and couldn't find an answer. So, thinking he must have just missed the relevant page, I spent a long time searching [...]

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