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NEW PODCAST: Sailing the Word – The Panama Canal Experience
A shroud of mystery envelopes the modus operandi for traversing the Panama Canal. Gossip, rumour, and dare I say, a little tittle-tattle gave the crew of Mariah II some serious forehead creases as we approached the infamous isthmus. If you prefer to read this story and view the pictures, click here.
NEW PODCAST: Sailing the Word – San Blas
The level of tranquility of the San Blas Islands was a surprise. With the warm and fun welcome from locals, pristine beaches respected by the few that visit, the San Blas have a special place in our hearts. If you’d like to read this story and view our pictures, click here.
The Essential Cruising Peacemaker
The scene is set in early morning, on anchor, an open road, the Pacific Ocean. Here we sit outside Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador, the day we supposedly finish a 2,800 nautical mile voyage. This odyssey entailed crossing the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) with all its associated calms, squalls, lightning and running before hurricane warnings. After four weeks, the nerves are shattered. If you’d like to read this story, click here.
Marine Police Rescue
Some of the best training we had was as Marine Rescue Skippers, particularly with the Marine Police. Unemotional, precision, skill, and patience are just some of the necessary skills. If you prefer to read this story, click here).
Don’t Judge Your Skipper
It’s easy to judge people’s decisions, especially those on the water. Being a Skipper must not be taken lightly. That little piece of paper saying you are a licenced Captain carries a heavy responsibility. If you’d like to read this article and view a few pictures, click here.
We’ve had a few hare-brained schemes, here’s one. Circumnavigating Tahiti. Chasing Cook’s history, and exploring places off the beaten track. If you’d like to read this story and view pictures, click here.
A Tender Moment in a House of Ill Repute
We’ve made it across the Atlantic to Barbados, arriving just in time for celebrating New Year’s Eve. Two weeks later, Den (my Dutch friend) and I are still hard at it, every day, in a Bridgetown brothel. There’s not much privacy either, we work at the rear of the establishment, in an open shed, exposed to the derisive laughter and unasked for advise from the local Cajuns. Just what went wrong…? (If you’d like to read this story and see the pics, click here).
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Can the cruising lifestyle be civilised. YES. Is the resounding answer from most of our salty buddies. Well, it’s what each of us term as civilised is where the question becomes a little ticklish. If you’d like read this story, click here.
Five Capital Experiences
With a hankering for small villages, we still savor the animation big cities and their inhabitants offer. These thoughts lead us back into a conglomerate of memories; here are a few, from deck level. You can read this story here and view some photos.
Fear is a Funny thing
Suddenly I had an affinity with middle-aged women, after all I was one! The emotional effects of self-inflicted pressure, learning something new, coping with a female body at a certain age. I had experienced being launched into the boating world in my twenties and now I was stepping up to a new challenge in my forties. (You can read this story here: with pics)
Destination NSW: Greenwell Point
The ebb and flow of wants and needs alter unexpectedly for us all, we will deal with the quick-sand of life, but we think it’ll be okay at Greenwell Point. Nestled in the heart of NSW this lovely little village welcomed us in and allowed us to call it home for a brief time.
(You can read this story here)
Buying and Selling a Boat – How we sold Mariah II
“It was wonderful to see Mariah sing along to the tune of her new owners.” But before we reached the stage we had to weather the storm of time-wasters and dreamers… but then we are all dreamers…
(You can read this story here: With additional top tips for buying/selling your boat included and feedback from those who didn’t buy Mariah and their reasons why!)
No Strangers Here – come with me on a journey to Suwarrow, an island in the northern group of the Cook Islands in the south Pacific Ocean. We sailed there a few years ago and it is a particularly special place.
The Cruising Lifestyle – the cruising lifestyle isn’t a lazy way to live – if you want to be successful at it. This story is a “typical” (if typical exists!) day on anchor in San Diego. Life on board is like occupational therapy; as long as you accept it as such it is mostly smooth sailing. You still have to live with your partner, and more pertinent but often not considered – you still have to live with yourself.
Blue Water Women – Come on a journey with several other women, who share some sailing tips, advice, and inspiration.
A View for every Occasion – With each journey my soul is reshaped. I’ve bid farewell to places where I know I’ll miss the people and the lands, but also a part of me because I’ll never be that way again.
I wonder what part of me I’ll leave in which corner of our natural Disneyland. And what new thoughts and outlooks I’ll collect to replace what I’ve left behind; refreshing my layers with a view for every occasion.
Boating with Buster – Amidst a crisis, Alison feels life’s not worth living, but Buster, a Beagle puppy, will change everything…
Acquiring Lily, a Dutch barge, Alison and her husband, Roger, head for the calmness of the inland waterways. Boating with Buster, they learn plenty about boisterous Beagles and bothersome boats!
Tacking Through Life – Terrified of water and unable to swim, why would an upstate New York farm girl contemplate an ambitious trip on the high seas? But that is exactly what she did. At the age of 55, in freezing winter over a shot (or two) of Aquavit, Carolyn and her Viking husband, Gert, hatch a plan to buy a sailboat and embark on a five-year circumnavigation of the globe. But like so many dreams, this one does not go quite as planned.
Destiny’s Gold – It is 1820 and a young, female sea captain sets sail aboard the schooner Destiny bound for the sugar plantations of Cuba and then on to the Baltic for iron. Political intrigue and mystery dog the voyage, and those who underestimate the captain’s skill and business acumen do so at their peril.
Read by Author Pamela Grimm
Occluded Fronts & Associated Stunts – A terrifying night at the Gambier Islands shows just how important it is that we, as mariners, interpret, adjust, and prepare, especially where the weather is concerned!
Lightning Storm at The Nicobars – A lightning storm through ocean reefs. Sailing into Sri Lanka and flying fish!
Travelling Through France on a Barge – Join us on our first trip through France on our 1920s Dutch Barge.
Buying a Dutch Barge in France with an Aussie – Have you dreamed of puttering along the European canals? We found buying a boat in a foreign country incredibly daunting, scary, and hysterical (all at once) – join us on the buying-a-boat-in-France debacle…
From Pirates to Injuries – Why HF Radio still has its place on board.
The Great Loop Part 1 – After many years of sailing oceans, it was time to venture inland, by boat: Part 1
The Great Loop Part 2 – After many years of sailing oceans, it was time to venture inland, by boat: Part 2
The Great Loop Part 3 – After many years of sailing oceans, it was time to venture inland, by boat: Part 3
Ditch Bag, Grab Bag, Flee Bag – Surviving is nice but being rescued is even better! Compiled here is years of collecting great grab bag advice PLUS the wonderful wisdom of the Women Who Sail Australia FB group.
Sea Change – Are you just stepping into the cruising world? Or are you a seasoned salty? I’ve journeyed from newbie to professional mariner – I get it – I understand what it is like. Here I look at it from both points of view – both will learn something from this story. (As well as a gem of tip!)
Facing Fear Head On – Enchanting, enticing, but also at times, terrifying; the sea beckons many of us. To others it is a ‘necessary evil’, something to endure as we seek to experience exotic locations, foreign cultures, or unusual wildlife encounters. Some are chasing a dream, others are following someone else’s.
Experiences are different – and Facing Fear is a common thread. Here’s one true story, with three bonus pieces of advice from three other authors. While the things we fear may vary, the experience itself links us like an invisible thread.
Top Twenty Observations when Living onboard – A light-hearted look at life on board, including some real gems useful for every boater!
Do you dream of sailing around the world? Do you dream of combining the cruising lifestyle with work?
Meet Erin Carey, with little sailing knowledge she has done just that. With fabulous advice and honesty that makes you smile, learn how Erin and her family (husband and three, yes, 3, kids!) achieved the mind-bending goal of sailing off into the sunset and making it a success.
Do you love dogs? Do you love cruising? How can you combine both? Tanya Rabe is the founder of Dogs Who Sail and has all the advice you need, fun stories, a life well-lived (and, at times, challenging) life. PLUS some exciting news!