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Cruising Christmas

I write this as I am getting ready to head offshore in a few days. I am already wearing my sheepskin jacket and we have already had our first snow storm. I need my head examined!…  There is nothing better …

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Peter Holmberg – Interview with Val Doan

Editor’s note: Olympian and America’s Cup veteran Peter Holmberg, a Caribbean export, is now preparing for next year’s Cup in Valencia, Spain as a member of Team Alinghi, defending its 5-0 victory in March 2003 over Team New Zealand. The …

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Making a Delivery – Skyhook Round Two

After sailing Skyhook to Grenada, I was hooked on speed. When I got an email the next year from the owner of Skyhook, I was keen to deliver her from Tortola, BVI to Ft. Lauderdale. I called Julie from The …

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Synergy and Team Wave Sails Home

Synergy and Team WAVE received a fantastic homecoming after making history being the first women's team to ever win any division of 100th anniversary Newport-Bermuda race in June

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Tahiti

We finally made it to Tahiti when the French government had decided to resume nuclear testing on the Atoll Mururoa, so Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior was on its way from NZ, and protests were being organised in Papeete. The Tahitians didn’t …

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Marquesas Bound

After our adventures in the Galapagos, we set sail for the Marquesas. We had originally planned to sail to Easter and Pitcairn Islands, but scrapped that plan due to it being too late in the season for reasonable weather – …

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Cruising the Pacific

Panama Canal was one of the highlights of the first leg. Once we reached the Pacific side, Balboa, we finished provisioning for the longest legs of the trip. In order to be self sufficient for at least 2 months we …

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Alinghi’s Peter Holmberg talks to Val Doan

The Caribbean’s own Peter Holmberg has had an extremely busy year and has proved his worth to Alinghi many times over. The lead up to the America’s Cup is in a race format called Acts which are raced in the …

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Synergy to Race for WAVE

In order to raise awareness for ‘Women Against Violence Everywhere’ (WAVE), Synergy will be racing the 100th anniversary Newport-Bermuda Race in June, 2006 with a crew of Caribbean-based women sailing under the organisation’s banner. Synergy, a Frers 49, was famously …

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Dining out in Vanuatu

As we raised Vanuatu on the horizon after a difficult four-day sail from Fiji, my partner Les and I heaved a sigh of relief. We were looking forward to hot showers and cold beer, and meeting up with fellow cruisers …

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Georgia goes for a Test Drive

Being a photographer is sometimes kind of like being an ambulance chaser. Being in the right place at the right time is even better. I didn’t have a decent digital camera, that I could always have in my pocket ready …

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What a Blast for a Buck

As a delivery skipper, I get the opportunity to deliver everything from tricked out private yachts to clapped out charter boats, and just about everything in between. Once in awhile something radical comes my way. A few years ago, I …

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Close Encounters

I deliver boats for a living to finance my habit… I am a confessed traveling addict. My favorite mode of transport is by boat. It’s such a great way to see the world. Your house is always with you, kind …

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Cruiser’s Weather Guru

Herb Hilgenberg is the cruiser’s savior. He is the voice on the airwaves that heralds good news and bad on the ocean waves. He gives a heads upfor every sailor’s worst nightmare. He does his best to keep you out …

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