Author Archive | Wendy Hinman

The author in the galley of her 31-foot boat, Velella. Photo courtesy of Wendy Hinman

Thanksgiving aboard for six – on short notice

When Team New Zealand announced they would defend the America’s Cup in Auckland in the spring of 2003, my husband, Garth, and I were excited. We have long been fans of the America’s Cup (AC), which tests boat design ingenuity and sailing prowess. But there was another reason for our excitement: We were sailing to […]

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Matt Rutherford, left, with reporter Tomoko Nishi and an editor at Kazi magazine, and Nicole Trenham in Sakura, Japan. Photo courtesy of Wendy Hinman

Seafaring rebel with a cause

Many share a thirst for adventure on the high seas, but few can turn that desire into a vocation. Matt Rutherford is one of them. He has found a way to share his love of the seafaring life with a mission to aid our planet’s threatened oceans, our neighboring Pacific being one of them. I […]

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The author's boat docked in Ishigaki, Japan. Photo courtesy of Wendy Hinman

A docking near-disaster

You’d think after double-handing for more than 34,000 miles and two decades of racing, we’d know a thing or two about docking. Believe it or not, when it comes to docking, it is still possible to humble even the most experienced of sailors. One afternoon after a delightful sail ghosting along in flat water in […]

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Mike Ayers and his sailboat, La Volante Frances Jane. Photos courtesy of Wendy Hinman

Heading south: the Class of 2012

Every year there’s a migration south. I’m not talking about the birds flying south for the winter or retirees in their RVs. I’m talking about snowbirds of a different sort, who venture south aboard boats buoyed by dreams of staying south for an indefinite period. Each August, a select group of boaters watches the weather […]

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Who needs a salon? The author saves a few bucks by cutting her husband's hair during their seven-year Pacific cruise.

Ten tips for voyaging cheaply

Traveling by boat can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Before we left to go cruising, magazines intimidated us with all the luxuries and potential safety equipment we might carry. Ads taunted us with “How much is your life worth?” Our budget answered that otherwise unanswerable question. We bought a 31-foot boat, simply […]

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