Cruising

In this section, our contributing writers share their adventures from the Northeast to exotic destinations around the globe.

Cruising

Cruising Under the Cloud of the Coronavirus

By Chris Szepessy

Cruising Under the Cloud of the Coronavirus

By Captain Linda Perry Riera Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at ArgonSailing.com, an excellent cruising blog produced by Captain Linda Perry Riera and Captain Bob Damiano that documents voyages aboard their Tartan 4000 Argon in New England, the Caribbean and everywhere between. Argon’s itinerary for spring 2020 had her starting a leisurely month through the Bahamas in April followed by some offshore passages to arrive home in Newport, Rhode Island by early June. Instead, we found…

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Private Sailing Charters: The Way to Go?

By Chris Szepessy

Private Sailing Charters: The Way to Go?

Captain Darin Keech, owner of Poet’s Lounge Sailing Charters out of Mystic, CT, has offered private charters in the region’s most exquisite sailing location for seventeen years, and he has a sailing solution for those who’ve been too long in isolation. “Providing the COVID-19 public safety status improves, Poet’s Lounge Sailing Charters intends to operate two classic sailing vessels this season,” says Captain Darin. “Considering the concerns of these times, private charters for couples or your own…

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Against All Odds

By Chris Szepessy

Against All Odds

By Anthony Pozun, RN Photos by the author Over the summer of 2019, I decided to travel from my home in Northport, NY south to Florida and the Bahamas on my Catalina 400 Mark II Mystical Paradise. She’s rigged for long term cruising, with two headsails including her 150% genoa and a small cutter-type staysail for light air sailing, as well as a full cockpit enclosure. I stocked her with enough foodstuffs and water for six months…

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Atlantic Crossing on a Contessa 32: It’s Always Something!

By Chris Szepessy

Atlantic Crossing on a Contessa 32: It’s Always Something!

By Anne Kolker Photos by the author I had been talking about doing an Atlantic crossing on my boat Etoile, a 52-foot sloop-rigged Stellar, but the complexity of the systems made it seem like a daunting project. When my friend, Margaret “Garet” Wohl, sent me a copy of Cape Horn to Starboard by John Kretschmer, featuring a Contessa 32, I thought the story was compelling. Garet had bought a 1985 Contessa 32 and asked if I would…

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120 Feet Aloft with Tall Ship Rigger Becca Buckler

By Chris Szepessy

120 Feet Aloft with Tall Ship Rigger Becca Buckler

By Ger Tysk, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island Mate/ Marine Operations Associate Traditional rigging for sailing vessels is not a job for the fainthearted. Besides having to commit hundreds of knots, splices and leather- and woodworking skills to mind and muscle memory, rigging involves fine detail work and intricate knowledge of traditional techniques passed down through generations. The safety of crew and the structural integrity of the ship are literally in the hands of the rigger. Among…

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Cruising Croatia with Colgate Sailing Adventures

By Chris Szepessy

Cruising Croatia with Colgate Sailing Adventures

By Heather Hild Atwater Editor’s note: Flotilla cruising is an excellent way to enjoy an unforgettable charter vacation, particularly if your sailing experience is limited. And you won’t find nicer or more capable flotilla leaders than Heather & Nate Atwater, who lead Offshore Sailing School’s Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotilla Cruises to exotic destinations around the world. Heather recounts a visit to the lovely Adriatic Sea.     The Meet and Greet dinner at La Barca restaurant at…

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The 2019 Mariner Class Association National Rendezvous: August 2-4, Niantic to Mystic Seaport Museum

By Chris Szepessy

The 2019 Mariner Class Association National Rendezvous: August 2-4, Niantic to Mystic Seaport Museum

By Nate Bayreuther (#1922 Orion) Maybe it was because Orion had such a late launching last spring due to school and work commitments. Maybe it was because I’d recently been reading a number of sailing narratives. Or maybe it was simply the excitement of returning to a familiar yet exciting destination…an because so many new people were coming. Whatever the reason, I was itching to get to the Niantic River launch ramp on Thursday, August 1 to…

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Sailors NYC – Sailors Cruising Club

By Chris Szepessy

Sailors NYC – Sailors Cruising Club

By Capt. Nitzan Levy   Started in 2013, Sailors NYC is the only club in the New York Harbor that offers local sailors an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy recreational sailing on medium-size vessels (25 feet and up). To create a true club environment, we provide a variety of programs for all levels of sailors, including cruising, racing, organized boating events, and social events and educational programs. The club’s boats are docked at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey…

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No Dream is Impossible! The world’s only universally accessible catamaran provides empowerment through sailing

By Chris Szepessy

No Dream is Impossible! The world’s only universally accessible catamaran provides empowerment through sailing

By Carter Blease, Project Coordinator, Impossible Dream Inc. Traditionally, sailing has been an activity limited to able-bodied individuals, but with her universally accessible design, the Impossible Dream catamaran is breaking down barriers and changing the way people think about what is truly possible. It was love at first sight for Deborah Mellen, owner and founder of the Impossible Dream Inc., upon her initial meeting of the world’s most accessible sailing catamaran. In 1989, Deborah’s life changed in…

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Elektra Weathers a Microburst

By Chris Szepessy

Elektra Weathers a Microburst

By AK   On Sunday, June 30, my friends Arlene Graffa and John Cravenho were helping deliver my Cal 27 Elektra from Shelton to Norwalk, Connecticut when we were overtaken by an unpredicted flash microburst with winds over 70 miles per hour. We started sailing down the Housatonic River from Shelton at 8 am, passing under the Merritt Parkway, I-95, the 110-year-old Metro North Devon bascule bridge, and the Washington Bridge (Route 1). We encountered a (much…

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