sailing close call: why weather matters matter

I grew up in a legit weather-obsessed home. Lightening? Floods? Clouds? We…


PAN-PAN: the fun-to-say middle child of radiotelephony protocol

If you ever hear Mayday on the radio when sailing, that is serious business.…


and to all a good night: solid planning helps new sailors rest easy

‘Twas the first night at anchor and all through the boat, not a creature was…


wanna sail the world? start your own Boataffair

My friend Dana told me about the matchmaking site months ago, but I hadn’t…


catamarans are giant floating shopping carts

THIS was my #1 takeaway from the ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising Course, and it was…


hold on: how to anchor a sailboat step-by-step

When we first started sailing, we avoided anchoring our boat at all costs. It…


trust issues and physics: is capsizing a thing?

  My friends will tell you I am a bad driver, but I don’t think that is…


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

As I was writing about my experiences in Thailand a reference to The Rime of…


what to pack for a week of sailing

First, let's sort out what exactly we are talking about here. When I say "what…


knot amusing: basic knots for the novice

My husband is an Eagle Scout and he is a knot-tying machine. He knows scores of…