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Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

A High Tech Life Since the dawn of recreational sailing and cruising, sailors have long mixed the pure simplicity of sailing with the passion to expand the sport and lifestyle with new technology. The GPS for instance, can be credited … Continue reading

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Rescue Me Flying low and coming from dead astern, an orange and black Coast Guard helicopter was purposely making its way south. For a split second as it approached it seemed as though it was going to stop and hover … Continue reading

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Rally Season Over the last week and a half several big cruising rallies have departed the East and West Coasts of the U.S. for points further south, and the participants of the ARC will soon set off across the Atlantic. … Continue reading

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Energy Matters The blades of our wind generator softly whooshed through the air above me as I steered and our two solar panels soaked in the bright summer sun beside me, spread out on either side of the cockpit like … Continue reading

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Rig It There it was, a nasty looking rust spot and crack right at the elbow of the starboard lower shroud tang on our mast. While hoisting myself up our rig for an inspection I could see the blemish, but … Continue reading

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Testing, Testing The Chesapeake Bay sunshine illuminated the Allures 45′s bright orange spinnaker as it filled with wind and the boat noticeably surged ahead. We don’t often get to fly spinnakers while test sailing boats, but the day was so … Continue reading

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Show Time Rain gently pattered on the window this morning as I awoke and though the weather might not be perfect for the first day of the United States Sailboat Show here in Annapolis, that doesn’t mean there won’t be … Continue reading

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Whale Tale Ghosting along in barely five knots of breeze I heard the whale’s spout well before I saw it broach. Scanning the water with the binoculars I wasn’t the first to see it break the surface of the water … Continue reading

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Learning Curves Before I got out of my bunk I knew we’d need two reefs in the main. I delighted in this prospect because I love sailing in a big breeze, but I also knew that my crew of cruising … Continue reading

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Calling All Bloggers Cruising blogs are better and more popular than ever and it seems that every week a new and intriguing one catches our eye. Many of you have shared your cruising blogs with us through your “Cruising Shot … Continue reading

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Pass it On The wind pressed hard against the sails as we sheeted in and steered to a close-hauled course. About 30 minutes later the breeze jumped a notch or two and in the interest of keeping our crew comfortable, … Continue reading

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Tis the Season The passing of Labor Day here in the U.S. has officially marked the beginning of the fall boat show season. New boats and gear are ready to be put on display; a seemingly endless list of seminars … Continue reading

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Cruiser’s Spirit With all the anxiety and excitement that goes into planning an offshore passage and an extended voyage it can be hard to stay focused. And for weeks now we have watched as friends and acquaintances alike have conquered … Continue reading

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Cruising Neighbors From the dinghy dock I could see we had a new neighbor and as we rowed closer to our boat I couldn’t tell what kind of boat it was, though I was intrigued. Later, as we sat in … Continue reading

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Perspective from the Sea Sorry for the delay in getting out this week’s edition of Cruising Compass. I’ve been away to attend the funeral of a close friend who drowned in an unfortunate accident. It’s an unpleasant thought to think … Continue reading

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A Family Affair Summer cruising is in full swing in many parts of the world and that means sailors are out in force. One of the best parts of seeing so many boats out sailing, swinging in anchorages and taking … Continue reading

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Fog Days of Summer I awoke to the deep bellow of a foghorn. Looking out through the nearest port, I could see the starboard lifeline and not much beyond. I knew there were boats anchored nearby and a ferry working … Continue reading

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Safety First It has been a little over a year since we purchased and moved aboard our boat, a 1984 Grand Soleil 39 that we dubbed Yahtzee (due to our frequent playing of the game and because sometimes in life you … Continue reading

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Anchoring Antics Picking the perfect spot amongst anchored boats is somewhat of an art form. There are a number of questions and variables to consider and pretty much all of those can be answered on your own, except for one. How … Continue reading

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Cruise With Your Friends The morning after watching a spectacular fireworks display I arose early and climbed to our first set of spreaders for a photo op. We were rafted nine boats wide with rigs offset, bows pointed opposite one … Continue reading

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