Weather routing for passages

Jamie will be the first to tell you he’s not a weather router. But weather advice has crept into the work we do with coaching clients, as we seek to help them cruise happily. Getting caught in bad weather due to misjudging a forecast or failing to read conditions – common errors for new cruisers…

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Bookaholic while cruising

Can you ever have enough books? When we bought our magic carpet in 2007, Totem’s shelf space was leaner than suited our family, particularly with three young children at a range of pre- and early-reader stages. Before setting sail, Jamie added more than 20 linear feet of bookshelves on board. The world has changed and…

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How do you know where to anchor?

The deceptively simple question – how do you know where to anchor? – is more nuanced than some imagine. In our hyperconnected world, it’s the kind of straightforward information that lends itself to a single source…except there isn’t one, and it’s actually not that straightforward anyway. Choosing where to anchor is a little more complicated…

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Offshore crewing and inclusion

The catch-22 of getting offshore experience: being required to have prior offshore experience in order to join a crew. Where can the hopeful offshore sailor begin? Yesterday morning I joined a panel on preparing crew for offshore sailing at OLÉ, the National Women’s Sailing Association’s (NWSA) annual conference. I’m organizing details on resources mentioned in…

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Totem’s interim normal

A new rhythm patterns our secluded life as Totem floats off the cinder-strewn cone of Isla Coronados. Calling this the new normal feels premature, but it’s an interim normal with the a heartening return of an anticipatory routine. For all that our world is built on adapting to new situations, that an uncertain future no…

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Embrace the boring

Totem recently made landfall in Baja after a placid passage of a little over three days: north up the coast of Mexico’s mainland from Matanchen Bay, then across the Sea of Cortez to anchor a few skips south of Loreto. Placid. Placid? More like plodding. We motored the entire distance. When the engine finally went…

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