Sailing in Madagascar

After a four-day passage from Seychelles to Madagascar, we dropped anchor in one of the most exotic – and poor – countries we will visit while cruising. We spent 35 days in Madagascar, mostly in Nosy Be, which is one of the (if not the biggest) tourism hubs in...

How to Pick Up a Mooring Ball

Tying up to a mooring is one of the easiest and most common ways to secure your boat to the seabed. It takes some coordination and practice though, so here’s how we do it. What is a Swing Mooring Ball? A swing mooring ball is a very simple way to secure your boat to the...

Passage of Dolphins: Sailing from Sri Lanka to Maldives

After clearing out of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, the night before, we got up early on March 22nd to weigh anchor and make our way out of Town Bay and into the Indian Ocean.  We chose this window because we only had five days left on our Sri Lankan visa, and if we waited any longer,...

Sailing Phuket, Thailand to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

After two months cruising the west coast of Thailand, we were ready to kick start our year crossing the Indian Ocean. Passage Summary Mileage: 1,017 (not including heaving to & final motor) 1,051 (including heaving to & final motor in) Speed:  6.5 knots (not...

Downwind Sailing on a Cruising Catamaran

When we wrote our first sail trim for a cruising catamaran blog post, we were just about to move aboard Starry Horizons for our circumnavigation.  We’d been sailing a 30-foot Maine Cat around Galveston Bay, getting some sailing experience under our belts.  Starry Horizons...

Sail Ningaloo: Liveaboard Sailboat on Ningaloo Reef

I pulled the big picture book off the shelf and leafed through the brightly printed, glossy pages. We’re staying in Adelaide with our friends Tony and Sara. Tony’s an avid diver and diving instructor.  The book I’m flipping through is photographs and stories of...

Ningaloo Reef – Under the Water with Sail Ningaloo

David and I left the Red Centre and flew to Perth, where we were welcomed by friends and stayed out in Fremantle. We did get to the Fremantle Market and spent a morning walking along the foreshore and out the jetty. After two nights, it was time to get out to our next major...

Important Knots for Cruisers to Know by Heart

There are hundreds of unique knots out there for every use under the sun. But, after 3 years of cruising, we have found that there are only 3 important knots for cruisers to know by heart. Learn the, use them, love them. Bowline This is hands down, the number one most important...
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