Author Archives: andrew

Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Todd Gillenwater for this gorgeous shot taken from the famous Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay, Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands! Do you have cool shots from your sailing adventures? Send them to us at … Continue reading

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Raft Logic The lights of the shop shined through the bright, fluorescent-orange roof of our life raft as I zipped up the doors. It was an eerie feeling to sit, look around and take stock of what being in a … Continue reading

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Dutch Sailor Missing in the Atlantic

Dutch sailor Sietse Hagen left the port of Tenerife heading for the Caribbean on January 15th, 2014. Since his departure, now over 60 days ago, he has not reported home. His friends and family, as well as the Dutch sailing … Continue reading

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The Florida Keys May Get a New Mooring Field

This is the area of Buttonwood Sound that would get the mooring field. The white area is the Point of View RV Resort, which has expressed interest in providing shoreside services. The Lower Keys anchorage in Boca Chica Basin sorely … Continue reading

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Flyer Returns to Huge Reception

The famous S&S 65 Alaska Eagle left the West Coast recently after a 30-year stint as the flagship training vessel for the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship. Her new Dutch owner shipped her back to her original home, … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Hilary Lister Hits the Record Books Again

Quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister set a new trans-ocean record by becoming the first paralysed woman to complete the 850 mile voyage from Mumbai in India to Muscat, Oman. Her sailing partner, Omani yachtswoman Nashwa Al Kindi, also set a record … Continue reading

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Spring Officially Here, Boaters Urged to Use Caution

As air temperatures get warmer, more and more recreational boaters are taking to the water and the Coast Guard cautions boaters not to be fooled by the warmer air temperatures; the water is still cold, very cold. Every year the … Continue reading

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Fast Downwind Sailing Continues for Clipper Fleet

Clipper Race teams continued to fly in perfect downwind conditions towards San Francisco on Monday as the sun shone and 18 to 35 knot winds continued to power the fleet. As a low pressure system builds not too far away, … Continue reading

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The latest addition to Interlux’s premier performance Micron® antifouling product line, Micron® CF (Copper Free),  not only offers best-in-class performance in the copper-free category of paints, it also offers the longevity that boat owners have come to expect from traditional, … Continue reading

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Dock Like a Pro – Warp Around a Corner

Here’s another sailing tip from our friend Captain John at skippertips.com… Docking a boat will always be a challenge. But what happens when you need to moor your boat in a space at the end of a pier that’s shorter than … Continue reading

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Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 38

Being that I am slightly obsessed with sailboats, I usually get excited when something new and bold hits the market. It is a rarity, though, when I am overly enthusiastic to see the interior of a boat first—I guess I’d … Continue reading

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Tech Talk: My Boat App

With the start of boating season just around the corner, Intelligent Maintenance announced the launch of the My Boat app for iPad. Providing tools for trip planning, photo sharing, inventory tracking, and more, My Boat will help make sure you have everything you need … Continue reading

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Strictly Sail Pacific Starts in Two Weeks!

The West Coast’s largest original all-sail boat show will sail into Jack London Square with all that is hot in the world of sailing. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned sailor, this four day sailing spectacular is the … Continue reading

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Website of the Week: SetSail.com

Dashew Offshore, Beowulf Publishing, and the FPB team have been blessed with the support of the cruising community for many years, and would like to return the favor in a small way. They are making two of their books, Mariner’s Weather … Continue reading

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For the Hungry Crew

Here’s a classic appetizer great for sharing at the next happy hour… Classic Deviled Eggs Ingredients: – 1 dozen large eggs – 1/2 cup mayonnaise – 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard – 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard – 3 dashes … Continue reading

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Mindbender

What information is needed to complete a dead (ded) reckoning position? Send your answer to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers. Thanks to last week’s Mindbender winner, John Jones, for his … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

Thanks to Denny Guy for this great shot of Richard Bernard’s Valiant 42 Surf Ride whistling thru Molokai Channel while cruising from Kona to Oahu! If you look close you can spot Diamond Head beneath the reacher. Do you have cool shots … Continue reading

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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Friend Ship While having dinner on Friday night with a group of landlubbing friends, the discussion turned to us living on a sailboat and they soon asked if we could go sailing on Saturday. I thought it was a great … Continue reading

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Two Crews Dismasted Off Cape Horn Discover Bizarre Link

Two round the world crews were rescued west of Cape Horn last week after being dismasted, only to find their histories had been intertwined seven years ago after a rescue in the Southern Indian Ocean. Solo sailor Andrew Halcrow was … Continue reading

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Dr. Stanley Paris Announces Second Round the World Attempt

When Stanley Paris decided to abandon his attempt to become the oldest sailor to complete a solo circumnavigation after sustaining damage to his 63-foot yacht, Kiwi Spirit, in January, he figured the dream was over. “Initially, I thought, ‘this is … Continue reading

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