As you would expect, every boat suffers issues on a 3000NM ocean crossing. The name of the game is redundancy and self sufficiency. You need to be able to repair and carry on. But, every year there are the doomsday scenarios. This year a German BM 39 called Noah, with two kids on board started... Continue Reading →
The Atlantic Crossing
Setting off Crossing the Atlantic from east to west between November and March (outside hurricane season) is often referred to as the milk run. If you believe the old salts this run consists of picture perfect downwind sailing. You leave the Canary Islands, head south till the butter melts then throw in some west until... Continue Reading →
Atlantic Crossing, Route Planning.
Route planning a trip across the Atlantic Ocean east to west involves a few decisions. The big one is whether to cross during or outside the Hurricane Season, which runs from May to October each year. For me it’s a no brainer, I wouldn’t cross in the hurricane season. But plenty do – Simon, one... Continue Reading →
Sailing Safety & Sea Survival Course
This weekend was a busy one. I have spent the last two days completing the Yachting Australia Sailing Safety and Sea Survival course. The Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival course was developed following the fatalities of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. It has now been adopted by the ISAF world wide. The certificate awarded... Continue Reading →