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Moonshade and Other Summer Surprises

By Richard C. Ilse

Eclipse post officeGot a minute? How about 1,440 of them? That may seem like a lot, but when you add them all up they equal a single day.

If you liked the U.S. Postal Service’s Star Trek commemorative stamp, you’re going to love their Total Eclipse of the Sun.   © U.S. Postal Service

This summer, there is a day that may have you questioning time itself. Imagine waking up in the cockpit from a brief midday nap and it looks kind of dark out. You check the time – it’s mid-afternoon – and then look to the sky. The sun is there, but yet it’s not! What on earth is happening?

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From the Log of Argon: Sailing Offshore - Ruminations of a Coastal Cruiser

By Captain Linda Perry Riera

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series of dispatches from Captain Linda and Captain Bob Damiano, who have completed the island portion of their one-year sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 and are now sailing familiar waters along the coast of New England.

argonLong periods of physically draining boredom…

Veiled by a haze of exhaustion…

Interrupted by brief spurts of wonder and terror...

Crashing into blackness struggling to stay oriented with no discernible horizon…

Squinting, straining and then silently rejoicing as the initial signs of another first light are revealed.

The outboard motor is mounted to the stern rail and the dinghy is lashed onto the foredeck. The davits are only for coastal cruising, since large following waves can smash up against or wash into a dinghy on davits and cause major damage.  © ArgonSailing.com

 

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K9 Safety at Sea

What to Know Before Setting Sail

By Meg Marrs, Founder and Senior Editor at K9 of Mine

Dog safety at seaMany dogs love sailing just as much as their humans. With the wind in their fur and the smell of salty air on their noses, dogs are just as drawn to the ocean as their two-legged shipmates. However, it’s easy to forget that even dogs need to be suited up with the right safety gear before heading out on the open waters. For example, even the most water-loving Labrador should wear a dog life jacket, as rough waters can pull under any canine. There are plenty of considerations to keep in mind when you bring your furry skipper out for a sail.

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Refit of "Scaramouche"

Part 1

By Andrew Cooley

ScaramoucheWelcome to the first in a series of articles detailing one of our most current projects at Cooley Marine Management, the refit of s/y Scaramouche. We will follow along in real time as our team works to restore this iconic vessel.

There’s plenty of work to do on deck, but Phase 1 of Scaramouche’s refit began below the rubrail.    © cooleymarine.com
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From the Log of Persevere: Finding Fiddler’s Green

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the twentieth – and final – installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.

PersevereIt seems like a lifetime. Or more precisely, a lifestyle ago when we started this adventure, casting off from the docks from Yacht Haven West in Stamford, CT that Wednesday afternoon in October, 2014. Somehow we made it to New Zealand without too many major difficulties, a little wiser and our girls definitely a lot more seaworthy with over 25,000 miles at sea. Now the whole family is eager to start our new chapter on land.

Breana checks out a Hobbit House.   © persevere60545.com
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Video: Sailing Across Yellow Bank Bahamas

We have been exploring the Caribbean all winter on our Tartan 4000, Argon. After recently enjoying the pristine waters of the southern Bahamas, it was time to continue our northward path from Highbourne Cay in northern Exuma across the Yellow Bank.

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From the Log of Argon: Turks & Caicos - A Complicated Relationship with Sailors

By Captain Linda Perry Riera

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of dispatches from Linda and her husband, Captain Bob Damiano, who are finishing up the island portion of their one-year sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 Argon.

ArgonReaders of our Caribbean sailing experiences this past winter know that we have especially enjoyed some of the less traveled, more remote islands. Thus I was not deterred by the obviously more technical sailing required by the extensive reefs and shallows around Turks & Caicos (TCI). Even the occasional critical comment (in person or online) from fellow cruisers did not deter me from wanting to experience the country’s pristine waters, unique coral, copious wildlife, and extensive beaches.  

Magical in settled weather, horrendous in high blows, Pine Cay on the north side of Providenciales was appropriate for just one night before the 30+knot winds kicked in. Bob is taller than most of country, and with extensive reefs and shallows there are scant options for protected anchorages. Gone are the volcanic and mountainous islands we explored south of here the past several months.   © ArgonSailing.com
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From the Log of Persevere: Land Ho and a New Home…not quite yet

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the penultimate installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.

PersevereWe had to do some house cleaning prior to our final voyage to New Zealand. First, we had to resettle a few of our new furry passengers to a friendly home on land (not to be confused with re-accommodate) before we left Neiafu, on the island of Vava’u in Tonga and headed to Nuku Alofa, Togatapu (also in Tonga). The kittens would not be allowed into New Zealand because they do not have the shots and they are not old enough to get the shots, so we decided to find a home for them in Tonga.

Despite a soaking rain, Breana and Pam smile as Persevere crosses the Hauraki Gulf.   © persevere60545.com
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From the Log of Persevere: Swimming with Whales in Tonga

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the nineteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.


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We enjoyed Niue for multiple reasons. It has some of the best diving in the Pacific, with caves and deep chasms to explore. The water is crystal clear except where the cold springs from the island spill into the ocean and make the water look icy. It’s real cool underwater, like a frost spreading slowly within the water.

Swimming with whales was among the most memorable experiences of the Rath’s two-year voyage.   © persevere60545.com
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Adventures in Docking

By Derek Rupe

Adventures in DockingCaptains learn to recognize fear in eyes of the crew. I’ve seen fear, deep fear, white eyes and long stares. I wish these moments were always on hard crossings, rough groundings, or the occasional dismasting. But alas, terror is most likely experienced during the mundane task of leaving or returning to the slip. This is especially prevalent in people who grew up boating and have developed a Pavlovian fear response to being in the vicinity of a docking boat.

Too many boats are seldom used, the author reckons, because a lot of sailing couples haven’t mastered the nuances of incident-free docking.
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