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With nothing more to worry about than craving succulent roast chicken and gooey ice cream, we sliced through the ocean, enjoying the stuff dreams are made of. The concerns of motoring much of the way temporarily held at bay. Leaving Acapulco, Mexico for Isle de Cocos we were blessed with perfect sailing for four whole days.…
 
With a charming mix of mega yachts and masquerading pirates onboard 7-metre sailing ghettos, San Diego is like a melting pot of poverty and prosperity. On the edge of America, with Mexico insight, here lies the stepping-off point for cruisers. San Diego is not a cruising ground as such with its king’s ransom fees and stifling regulations. It is a g…
 
Chatting to my dad on Skype, he in England me in Ecuador, I told him how we planned to sail to Panama to collect our new sails. “You talk about it as though you are popping off to Supermarket” he laughed. With only 560 nautical miles to traverse, we thought the journey a breeze. But the trip grew to epic proportions, even before we started. Farewel…
 
San Francisco is one of the most diverse and exciting cities we have had the pleasure to visit. It has a unique cultural tapestry and is a gay hub in more ways than one. Open water vistas are just waiting for a breath of wind to kick up into a brutal chop. Combined with a myriad of shallows, this recipe can cause even the seasoned sailor some diffi…
 
We are 15 metres underground in a silent, echoing cave. Only the solemn plop of icy, freshwater can be heard, woven between our awed whispers. I take two big breaths, the chill of the encompassing sapphire water temporarily forgotten. Two metres down, with lungs bursting only moments after a big breath, I turn underwater to head through to the next…
 
First stop, Salinas, an over-nighter from San Diego, into a new marina. The entrance is narrow and has a distinct ‘east coast of Australia bar’ feel, creating a strong desire to make use of a rather large blindfold. The marina is reasonable at $30 US per night, but there is no running water directly to each slip. The key advantage is the assistance…
 
It stole our hearts, we wanted to stay. The island's charm, the people, the way of life appealed to us both, although we tried we couldn't. We did make the most of our stay - dancing, lunching, sharing, making new friends, even doing the laundry became a cherished memory! Join us in Aitutaki... where the women chew tobaccy.....…
 
There are assorted methods to choose from to achieve the same thing. Whether at anchor, or in the mosquito-infested marina, there is a standard three days to complete all the paperwork. Once you have handed over all your dollars to anyone you meet, lied through your teeth, and signed your life away, you accomplish your “go through” date. Depending …
 
Behind schedule by three months (due to problems on terra firma not nautical) we hurriedly sailed 2,500 miles in six weeks to enable us to witness for ourselves why the San Blas is “a place to see”. We are also preparing for the Panama Canal experience, traversing the magnificent Pacific Ocean and heading home to Australia. We left Demopolis Alabam…
 
A successful ‘Flopper Stopper’ principally has to do two things. (1) Sink easily. (2) Resist an upward force. One simple method is to have a weighted horizontal door. The ‘door’ opens on the way down (sinks) and ‘closes’ on the up lift from the halyards, a bit like a one-way valve. I have plans, in my head, for a stainless steel flopper. Sort of li…
 
With unemotional precision and no time for niceties the facts are disseminated to the awaiting crews. The silence buffets between the groups and the adrenaline starts pumping as a few of us peek over the wall to the building seas that await us. Many of us are scribbling down the information and start swaying from foot to foot in impatience of ‘gett…
 
It's easy to judge people's decisions, especially those on the water. Being a Skipper must not be taken lightly. That little piece of paper saying you are a licenced Captain carries a heavy responsibility. As a Skipper, you are responsible for everything and everyone on board. You are responsible even when you are not onboard - and even for your cr…
 
We arrived Papeete the same day as Noel’s daughter, Mel arrived from Ayers Rock. We were nonchalant about the timing, only because we had not considered that marvellous innovation of the date line. After negotiating low flying aircraft, we chose the most popular anchorage, on the west of the island, south of French Polynesia’s Capital. Deep, clear …
 
‘Successful cruising is a matter of continual awareness’. This adage was not followed. Sitting at a beach bar, boasting about crossing oceans to the only people who care to listen, other cruisers, is not awareness. With my back firmly placed to the worrying scene of two dinghies porpoising in their attempts to ride the increasing swell, I figured t…
 
We may not have the refinement of fine arts but what we have is so much better. In a remote anchorage, with a welcoming beach and shady palms, where do we get our culture from here? Well these can be the best spots. Good anchorages will fill by the end of the day with Aussies; Pommies; Americans; Turks, Canadians, Dutch, Kiwis ad Infinitum. A potlu…
 
Featuring just five of the many cities we visited - here are some unique escapades that make us smile - from mesmerising strangers in Paris, to Mad motorboat owners in America. Plus fun in Havana, Casablanca and San Juan, in Puerto Rico.Jackie Parry
 
Recently, in the midst of teeth grinding fear I realised it was not the event itself causing my sleepless nights it was the lead up to it. It was the ‘what ifs’ that stirred up those little fear gremlins into a frenzy. I know this because during the event as we surfed down waves at twenty knots in the blackest of black nights, I spread my arms and …
 
The ebb and flow of wants and needs alter unexpectedly for us all, we will deal with the quick-sand of life, but we think it'll be okay at Greenwell Point. Nestled in the heart of NSW this lovely little village welcomed us in and allowed us to call it home for a brief time.Jackie Parry
 
Paradise - A word I try not to use often. Previously, we’ve visited a handful of islands without airports, cars, and supermarkets, but Suwarrow (pronounced sue-warh-row) has its own, unique, harmonic constant. The north-facing entrance has a low reef extending east of the wide bar that does a fantastic job of fending off the deep rolling swells. Th…
 
There is always something to fix, maintain, improve or add on. Once the boat is running smoothly, we do one main job a day, around the day-to-day chores. Then occasionally we can have a day off for sightseeing or simply enjoying swinging on anchor.Jackie Parry
 
What does it take to load your family into a plane with masses of luggage to move onto a boat on the other side of the world! But, also, onto a boat which they haven't even seen yet (other than a photo!) This extraordinary story of courage, risk, and adventure is laced with advice and tips that will show you that it is possible. And Erin, with Dave…
 
Tanya Rabe lives onboard full time with her partner Anthony. Dogs and sailing are their passions and Tanya has combined both to bring you Dogs Who Sail. Her FB page and website are full of useful information, but this is different from the usual 'loving our pets' - it's all about the dogs! People seeking advice can receive tough love with regards t…
 
With each journey my soul is reshaped. I’ve bid farewell to places where I know I’ll miss the people and the lands, but also a part of me because I’ll never be that way again. I wonder what part of me I’ll leave in which corner of our natural Disneyland. And what new thoughts and outlooks I’ll collect to replace what I’ve left behind; refreshing my…
 
When you are desperate to hop in your bunk, sleep and hide. But your partners is suffering through a frightening storm, you will stay up and endure it together. That's just what we did. Then we sailed on to Sri Lanka and dealt with flying fish. Join us on this fun voyage!Jackie Parry
 
Living onboard means that we quickly learn to prepare and adjust - never moreso than with weather. But on one particular night in the Pacific in a "safe" anchorage we experienced horrifying, vortexing winds and all-encompassing fear that became paralysing!Jackie Parry
 
It takes guts to buy a boat in a country where you don't speak the language. This hurdle creates much more than just a language problem, the culture is something you have to learn and adapt to. Join us on our adventure of buying a boat, that took us through France, Holland, and back to France again. You'll giggle your way through this one.…
 
I found the nautical world so daunting I withdrew and became really shy. I couldn't cope with the new language and culture, and as a person who wasn't particularly 'handy' I struggled with boat maintenance. I look back at that time and realise it is helping me so much now. As a professional mariner, I went from one extreme to the other. Now I can h…
 
Find information and tips on things you may never have considered. Did you know saltwater is denser than fresh? Find out why that is important when considering surviving if your boat sinks... there's lots to think about. What's a necessity and what's 'nice to have.'Jackie Parry
 
The Intracoastal Waterway is just part of The Great Loop in America, where we spent a year experiencing the unique and ever-changing pattern and culture of the great USA. Part 1.SisterShip Training
 
The Intracoastal Waterway is just part of The Great Loop in America, where we spent a year experiencing the unique and ever-changing pattern and culture of the great USA. Part 2.SisterShip Training
 
Modern technology is proving popular for communication onboard boats. It has its place but so does the HF/SSB (long-range) radio. I'd still have one on board today... from worldwide weather (free) to communication (free) and safety channels (free - and let's hope AMSA keeps them!) - this type of communication should be part of the safety plan on bo…
 
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