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Follow Captain Yannick’s Journey on YouTube

Ahoy followers! We’ve got some exciting news! Captain Yannick, whom we crossed the Atlantic Ocean with in 2016 on his 46’ Soubise Freydis s/v Andanza, just launched his own YouTube channel, sharing he and his family’s adventures aboard Andanza. I … Continue reading

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Our Corona Crusade: Sailing Home While the World Locked Down In Our Wake!

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to take the privileges and good fortune we have for granted.  While the fact that travel, dining out, attending concerts, plays, or other fun events, even meeting up with friends, old … Continue reading

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My Scariest Moment Underwater

Getting up close and personal with seven-foot sand sharks at the Florida Aquarium?   No, that wasn’t it.  Let’s see … coming up on a sunken airplane and fearing I might find the dead pilot, all bloated and rotting still in the … Continue reading

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Ever Been On a Sail You Just Want to End?

Phillip and I will both eagerly, happily, readily admit it: We are 100% fair-weather sailors on our boat. While there are definitely longer, more intense passages we still want to make in our lifetime—sailing around Cape Horn, for example, sailing in … Continue reading

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The Magic of a Dinghy Ride

It’s not just a rubber transport, it’s more of a magic carpet.  Looking at the photos from our time at Devil’s-Hoffman in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, I felt inspired to share a little about … the magic of a dinghy ride.   … Continue reading

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A Cruiser’s Wine Cellar: Article in SAIL Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Edition!

I probably had way too much fun writing this one!  Go on … ask me how many bags of wine we can stow in our “cruiser’s wine cellar!” ; )  We interrupt our regularly-scheduled Bahamas broadcast for this fun announcement! … Continue reading

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What Lurks Beneath? Overcoming My Thalassophobia at Hoffman’s Blue Hole!

I have a confession to make. I have a phobia—thalassophobia—or a unique form of it, perhaps.  Where Thalassophobia is the fear of what lies beneath you in a vast, deep body of water like the ocean, mine is limited to shallow bodies … Continue reading

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Croc Hunting in Great Harbour

November 9, 2019 – Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas: [Spoken in a thick Aussie accent] There I was … standing on the precipice, knowing it was going to be a gnarly journey across treacherous waters and an even more unforgiving landscape … Continue reading

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Cruisers’ Rule #42: Find that Flange! (And Other Engine Tips)

They’re more like guidelines, really, but we cruisers do have them: good rules of thumb to keep you and your boat going. “Find that flange!” is an important one, as it can mean the difference between carrying on with a … Continue reading

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Hurricane Dorian: A Close-Call for Plaintiff’s Rest in the Bahamas

Sep. 1, 2019, a Cat 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph and a minimum central pressure of 910 mb hit the Bahamas. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the northern Bahamas since modern records.  Phillip and I … Continue reading

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