February 6, 2019

Sails are trimmed to just below the speed of the slowest boat allowing the chance to catch up. Genoa is reefed more, the down haul tightened, main is over trimmed as an easy way to regain speed once he’s near. I sit down and sing a song to match the beat caused by the...

January 12, 2019

It's the little things that become so very challenging. Replace the house batteries? I'm on it!  There is no doubt it is going to be hard, so I adopt an "I can" mindset, creatively use available resources, bend my knees, and muscle up.  Done!  

So what gets me...

December 21, 2018

Hearing this diesel's "breathing pattern", and feeling its strain when I covered the intake and hand cranked, turned this foreign machine into a living entity struggling to take its next breath.

December 2, 2018

From cleaning an engine to inspecting the oils, the hoses, the cooling, and the fuel system, five women joined me the weekend after Thanksgiving to work on preventing and identifying early signs of diesel engine failure. "The last thing I want," shared Cassie, "is to b...

November 22, 2018

Have you practiced executing a MOB/person overboard recovery method? Every second counts! To execute a recovery, 1. Yell, "Person Overboard!" Stretch out an arm, point at, and maintain eye contact with the person in the water

October 30, 2018

A tip for preparing the bowline for retrieval when docking alone.

September 25, 2018

The top of the pack, the pick of the stack, fair winds, and smiling faces filled into Alameda Marina as Island Yacht Club's 26th annual Women's Sailing Seminar got underway. In anticipation, IYC volunteers  were in the club house at 6:00am cooking home-made foods, putt...

August 24, 2018

Preparing your vessel for a Hurricane

Growing up in South Florida, preparing for hurricanes of varying categories was a yearly routine.  When the deck furniture was brought inside, the small boats pulled to higher ground and filled with water, and the family boat loving...

July 20, 2018

A great afternoon sail in Nantucket Harbor started with a light wind. We gently glided, protected from the Atlantic’s waves, and launched a big, red spinnaker.  As the wind continued to drop, we employed our light wind strategies.  How many of these do you use to keep...

July 3, 2018

Building new partnerships, teach2sail traveled inland to Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Manresa Spain, to work with CLIL Catalonia's high level English language students. Tailoring the presentation to do more than bring aboard a new generation of sailors, this group of youn...

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