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Hooray! First place!

My first writing contest win since third grade! I am delighted that my article “Pot of Gold” (about sailing in Sydney Harbour, December 2014 issue of Cruising World) won first place in the “Destinations” division of the Boating Writers International contest. Continue reading…

Home is the Sailor, Home From the Sea...

We’ve done two extended seabatticals, and the emotional process of transitioning back was very different each time. In this post, I’ll talk about how each of us transitioned back and what factors helped ease or complicate that process. It’s never easy to leave the sailing life behind, though, and we’ll never stop dreaming of new horizons. Continue reading…

Pacific Crossing Notes - coming soon!

Pacific sailing

Watch for our new title, coming soon! Pacific Crossing Notes: a Sailor’s Guide to the Coconut Milk Run covers everything from preparation, weather, and safety to detailed information on the island groups of the Coconut Milk Run: the trade-wind route from the Americas to Australia. Continue reading…

A Tropical Christmas Concoction

In Port Antonio, Jamaica, a simple errand turns into a new friendship and a glimpse into local ways… just in time for the holidays! Continue reading…

A Feast to Remember

A family of sailors goes to Tonga for the sailing and comes away with a new appreciation for feasting. A story of unlikely friendships and generosity in the South Seas. Continue reading…

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From Liveaboard Sailor to Landlubber

A sailor who read my article about selling our boat in Australia asked: Are you left standing there on the dock with all your family possessions? What then? How do you deal with the “stuff”? What will your family do next? Continue reading…

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On the trail of the Silver Spider, Part 5: weaving fact and fiction

Research was one enjoyable part of writing The Silver Spider, especially when it came to colonial times in Panama and the canal building era in the early twentieth century. Continue reading…

Six Tips for Homeschooling Sailors

Taking your children’s education to sea is not always simple, but neither is it a deeply complicated mystery. With careful decision-making and sensible preparations – just what you need for going cruising in general – you can let your children profit from an incredible learning opportunity. Continue reading…

Many Hands Make Light Work

You’d think that a solitary South Seas anchorage filling up with sixty sailors aboard six charter catamarans would spell bad news for the handful of full-time cruisers already moored there. Instead, it was the prelude to one of our fondest South Pacific memories. Continue reading…

Spicing Up Down Time

It’s easy to spice up down time for your kids, whether that’s on your next road trip, a visit to the grandparents, or a quiet weekend at home (for us sailors, that means a quiet day afloat). Just try the following activities to speed up slow hours for a fun ‭(and educational) family time. Continue reading…

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