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Optimizing Iridium GO use on board

Desert and sea are the incongruous pairing when sailing along Baja, where cactus-studded mountain ranges plummet to a Gulf full of marine life. Miles of isolated coastline make for stunning cruising grounds. We love the remote, wild-west feel of the Sea of Cortez… but we need to stay connected. There are approximately 2,534,934 more cardón […]

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How the Inside Passage was won

The R2AK is one way to get to Alaska, but this trek is no pleasure cruise. The rules for the Race to Alaska are simple: 750 miles to Ketchikan, navigating past two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella. No motor. No outside assistance. Boat for boat racing with no handicaps.  The winners walk away […]

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Even the smallest anchorages can feel expanssive when all vessels stern tie. (Photo by Wilf Ratzburg)

Stern-tie angst

There are times, chatting with other cruisers, when someone says, sometimes as a confession, sometimes defiantly, that they don’t stern tie. You take a deep breath, or you don’t, depending on your nautical politics, and you ask: “Why?” The answer usually falls somewhere in between two responses, which can be loosely interpreted as: “it’s too […]

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