Operation Cruising

SinC Maine Cruising 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.

SinC Marc Robic Spring Tips 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.

SinC Snubbers Performance Cruising 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. 

SinC Baselayer ColourFollowing 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!

SinC Sint Maarten Kids 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.

SinC Foul Weather Gear 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.

SinC Lake StClair Downwind Boats 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.

SinC Guides 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.

SinC Seasickness Caldwell 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.”

Windy DayIt 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.