Clean Ocean Access Trimming the Sails for Environmental Wins in 2017

By Dave McLaughlin

Clean Ocean AccessAfter encountering problems with parking along the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island after a great day of surfing on a cold winter day in 2006, and growing concerns about water quality in the aftermath of frequent sewage spills and beach closures in Easton’s Bay later that year, a group of surfers founded Clean Ocean Access (COA).


Thanks to the efforts of Clean Ocean Access volunteers and partners, surfers along the Newport Cliff Walk enjoy good access and clean waters along Aquidneck Island’s shoreline.   © Dave McLaughlin

COA now comprises folks from all ocean activities who share a common thread of living coastally inspired lives, cultivating friendships with a unified desire of working together, taking good care of the environment, and living healthy lives.

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From the Log of Persevere: Looking for Civilization in Tahiti

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the seventeenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, 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.

JanFeb_17_web_page31_image2.jpgWe arrived early in the morning at the bay by Hanavave at Fatu Hiva. It’s a wide bay that is only protected on two sides and there are gusty winds that come down the valley at 50 knots, so you have to make sure you have a good hook. Otherwise you can literally get blown out to sea, especially with the large tide changes, because there is nothing stopping you if your hook slips. The water goes from 100 feet deep to 700 right away, so your anchor would have nothing to rehook on.

The girls enjoyed dancing at the Tahiti-Moorea Rendezvous. ©
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Winter Sailing in the Caribbean: Dominica

By Captain Linda Perry Riera aboard S/V Argon

ArgonWow, we are really way down at 15° North latitude with our Tartan 4000 Argon, having sailed her from our homeport of Boston, Massachusetts just a few months ago. The offshore passages to Bermuda and then to Antigua were challenging, and served to further add to our sailing experience.

Morning in the cockpit of Argon anchored in Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica   ©

When meeting people and talking about how sailing is so central in our lives, most people assume we are lifelong sailors; but we are what I like to call late-in-life sailors having taken our first classes only ten years ago in our early/mid 40s. And what do you know…here we are in the Caribbean after selling our home, cars and most possessions, moving onto our boat, initially in Boston, and now we are on a one-year exploration. Pinch me.

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A Voyage to Maine and Back

By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs

The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.

Step 1: Obtaining a Proper Cruising Sailboat for Us

A voyage to maineIn 1998, after sailing and racing in California for more than 30 years, I went through a divorce at 59, took a position as VP of R&D at Laser Fare in Warwick, Rhode Island, bought a home in nearby Saunderstown, and purchased a 1982 Catalina 30. The good news was that Sea Ya only cost $17.9K. The bad news was that she needed a lot of work. Hundreds of hours of sanding, varnishing, painting, scrubbing, cleaning and a suitable invocation to Neptune later, her new name, Clair de Lune – after the haunting Debussy nocturne – was now shining on her transom.

Pleiades sailing on a beam reach in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with Newport, RI in the background. This lovely photograph was taken by Daniela Clark. We love sailing this boat, and one by one the various barriers to the idea of a voyage to Maine and back began to melt away. By November 2013 I was approaching 75, was fortunately still in generally good health, and was quickly running out of excuses why we should not sail “downeast.” © Daniela Clark/
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From the Log of Persevere: That Pacific Paradise that is Marquesas

Editor’s note: This is the sixteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, 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. 

Persevere MarquesasWe arrived in the middle of the night in the harbor of Atuona, Hiva Oa, running on diesel fumes with a heavy breeze on the bow. It was dark, forbidding harbor with huge swells and cliffs on both sides as we anchored. (In last month’s installment, I gave the name of the wrong island in Marquesas at which we initially arrived. Sorry, it’s been a long journey.)

Spectacular anchorage in Hiva Oa   ©

At daybreak, the dark shadows revealed a lush, green paradise of volcanic mountains rising out of the sea – like a scene of paradise you would see in the movies, but it was real. We pulled the inflatable out of the garage after breakfast, piled in with our diesel cans and headed towards shore to explore.

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Scientific Research Underway

By Ben Carey

Hello Ocean.jpgSailing is a fantastic way to explore the world. I’ve heard many people say the sailing lifestyle is “living the dream.” But for my wife Teresa and I, sailing with a purpose felt more dreamy. We needed a way to give back, which is why we started Hello Ocean, an organization that expands ocean conservation and research through citizen science and educational media.

This Leopard catamaran, generously loaned by The Moorings, was an ideal platform for Hello Ocean’s Expedition Underway.   ©
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Top 10 Tips for Being Together at Sea: Happy Wife, Happy First Mate!

By Captain Charlie Simon

ND2016_web_page17_image1.jpgA lot of guys ask me, “How did you get your wife to sail around the world with you?” From our nearly 40 years of sailing together, here are my top 10 tips:


Captain Charlie & Cathy Simon completed a 26,000-mile circumnavigation aboard their Taswell 58 Celebrate in 2015.   ©



1. Take Small Bites. We’d started with chartering small daysailers on the San Francisco Bay and graduated to staying overnight at anchor. Then we purchased our first boat, a Ranger 33, and we’d drive to the marina on Friday afternoon, putt out to an anchorage, sail on Saturday, and drive back Sunday. When we moved to Seattle, I suggested sailing up the inside passage to Alaska and she exclaimed, “Absolutely NOT!” So we spent a week’s charter in the gorgeous San Juan Islands and another the following year, venturing an additional 20 miles north to Canada’s Gulf Islands. Our next boat, a Beneteau 461 (with hydronic heat), got a trip up to Desolation Sound. The following season, our trip was a bit further and continued on when I pointed out we were already more than halfway to Ketchikan, AK. She then agreed to Glacier Bay on the condition she could fly home any time she wanted.

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A Year Long Sailing Journey Begins (with video)

Follow Linda and Bob as they sail from Boston to the Caribbean on their Tartan 4000, Argon, for a one year sailing excursion.

What's a jib? port tack? gybing? rhumb line? TVMDC? snubber?... Only ten years ago we knew nothing about sailing except that we wanted to try it out. After our first class, we were both hooked. After the first few years, Matt Leduc of Latitude Yacht Brokerage helped us tremendously as we ventured in to boat ownership. Now we have upgraded our boat, sold our home, cars, and most possessions and are one month in to a year long sailing trip aiming for the Caribbean.

Check out our blog at and the first of our video blog series posted here.

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Catamaran Ownership for Less

A critical look at the charter-business end of yacht ownership

By Gregor Tarjan

Charter CatamaranLately catamarans are all the rage. A keen sailor might have noticed – even in our historically conservative New England sailing grounds – the once exotic catamaran is encountered on a more frequent basis than ever. It is not unusual to find a dozen sailing cats in popular harbors such as our homeport of Port Jefferson on Long Island’s North Shore.

The author’s Bavaria-Nautitech 40 Open catamaran moored at the Port Jefferson Yacht Club ©
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From the Log of Persevere: 21 days at Sea to Marquesas

By Colin RathPersevere

Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, 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 at linked below.

A Pacific sunset   ©

We left Galapagos with as much food and supplies as possible on May 7, but we were not able to top off our fuel as much as I wanted. We had 90% on the tanks and two 20-liter jerry cans of diesel. Good enough for government work, right? So off we went. The girls hit every DVD shop in the islands before leaving and picked up enough movies for the journey. I think we got 75 movies at 50 cents a pop. Some were good, some were not so good.

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