There’s good and bad news about planning a cruise in Maine. The good news is that there are over 1000 destinations and 3,500 miles of coastline from which to choose. The bad news is that there are so many choices that it may seem impossible to come up with an enjoyable cruise itinerary.
Last fall, I received many emails asking for my winterizing check list. And for those who wrote, I included my Spring Readiness list as well. If you’re like me, as soon as I see the mercury rising, snow melting and streets are drying, my mind goes to sailing and I just cannot wait to come out of hibernation.
Snubbers are a great addition to your boat! They will decrease the wear and tear on not only your dock lines, but your cleats as well. I highly recommend you add these helpful buddies to your stern line and at least one bowline.
Seasickness is the elephant on the boat that everyone is thinking about but trying to ignore. Dictionary.com defines seasickness as: “nausea and dizziness, sometimes accompanied by vomiting, resulting from the rocking or swaying motion of a vessel in which one is traveling at sea.”
Following in the footsteps of my foul weather gear article from the last SinC edition, this time around I will tackle base layers. I can’t stress enough the importance of getting these layers right!
My husband, Nick, and I planned our trip to Sint Maarten back in July hoping that everyone would be good and get vaccinated so we could get this pandemic over with. In September, we nearly pulled the plug, but as time went on, cases on the Caribbean island dropped to about three a week.
Winter is a great time to assess your gear and what upgrades you would like to make. If you’re needing new foul weather gear, you may be a bit worried about the price tags and overwhelmed with the choices. Here is a checklist when shopping for new gear.
The Canada – US border cuts directly though Lake St Clair, with about 1/3 on the US side, and 2/3 in Canadian territory. That imaginary line that runs down the middle of Lake St Clair gives all sailors from both sides of the border a place to enjoy racing crowd and cruising.
For a number of years, Sail Canada and Provincial Sailing Associations have been advocating Transport Canada in support of the approval of alternatives to the requirements for recreational boats to carry pyrotechnic distress signals.
Like many of you, I am itching to travel again… So, I will be heading to Croatia in September 2022 to join a flotilla! I am very excited to explore the islands, wineries, waterfalls, historic towns and much more. Even though I am part of a flotilla with a set itinerary, I still need to study my own passage plan as my crew and boat are my responsibility.
The Salty Dawg’s Fall Rally to the Bahamas will depart from Hampton, VA on November 2 with the Antigua-bound boats, but will head due south for a fur to five day sail to the Abacos in the northern Bahamas.
It has been remarkably windy lately, so I figured I should share some windy day techniques to make your sailing easier and faster. I’ve been club racing with my 13 year old son driving lately, so I figured I should share with you what I shared with him.
Many Canadian cruisers have discovered the Salty Dawg Sailing Association. The Dawgs is an educational and charitable organization that conducts rallies, educational seminars and webinars, and rendezvous to help sailors realize their long-distance cruising dreams.
In the first week of March 2020, Toronto sailor Bob Medland was elected Commodore of the prestigious virtual yacht club, the Cruising Club of America (CCA), which boasts 1400 members cruising the Seven Seas.
The world may feel like its standing still at the moment, but in the BVI, Bitter End’s 64 acres in are a flurry of rebirth. In this short video, meet Patrick Brizio, the guy at the helm of bringing back Bitter End.
In Parts 1 and 2 we discussed fiberglass and gelcoat. This time, we’ll explore the ways that epoxy can be used aboard.