Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Cockpit Confessions

As cruising sailors know, the cockpit is one of the most useful spaces aboard a sailboat; it is a place to steer and trim, cook and eat, entertain and sleep. With nicer weather officially here, our cockpit was full of friends on Tuesday night and it was a welcome sight. While listening to stories and discussions about boat projects, cruising plans, racing schedules and the merits of one piece of sailing gear over another, I couldn’t help but sit back and smile.

Whether in a far-flung anchorage with just a few boats or a crowded marina, the cockpit truly is the epicenter of cruising entertainment. Yes, there are those who don’t care for small talk over a cold one at the end of the day, but I’ve always found the cockpit gathering to be one of the highlights of cruising. Meeting new people, sharing in enriching conversations, laughing at ridiculous stories and sitting with mouth agape at harrowing tall-tales from the sea — it’s all part of the fun.

Enjoy this week’s edition.

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