Author Archives: TW-Brandy

Skipper’s Tip, Reefing Underway

Reefing Underway With the summer winds starting to blow, we thought we’d touch upon this very important subject. Allowing the sails to flog for extended periods greatly shortens sail life and leads to torn batten pockets and lost or broken … Continue reading

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Brandy’s Chartering Tips – We forgot the bucket!!!

Sure, we never forget the big things, like food, snorkel gear, charcoal, sunscreen…. but what about the little things can be impossible to find once you leave port? If you are like Brandy, you prefer a clean boat. After partying … Continue reading

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Brandy’s Chartering Tips – The first night…

Whenever possible, book your charter so that you are staying on the boat the first night at the marina you are departing from. The advantages are numerous. Staying at the departure location the first night allows you to get settled … Continue reading

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King Tides

By Tradewinds Instructor Tony Johnson In this world of few certainties, there is one thing that I am certain of: I am not certain how the tides work. Oh, it’s the moon’s gravity, and I think the sun is involved. … Continue reading

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Nautical Terminator – Headsail

By Tradewinds Instructor Tony Johnson              Even though the term may not be common up here in the land of the America’s Cup, I’ve heard headsails called “headies” by those sailors from down under who … Continue reading

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Sailing South of the San Mateo Bridge

Sailing South of the San Mateo Bridge by Robert Tekiela, February 2012 Have you been to the South Bay? I mean on a boat, not in a car. If you are looking for a change in scenery or are looking … Continue reading

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Ambassador 57 – Busy News Day

It’s been exciting times since yesterday morning! In the afternoon, I passed a massive offshore drilling operation. This was some 180 miles off the coast, in water 7000 feet deep. 4 massive platforms and a huge floating refinery were at … Continue reading

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Ambassador 56 – Sunday Clean

Yesterday was Sunday, and as it was such a pleasant day it was perfect for cleaning and chores, both for myself and the boat. Good progress was made throughout the day, continuing to beam reach to the northeast. For my … Continue reading

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Ambassador 55 – Blue Circles. Again.

I am living again in blue circles. The sky above me, the horizon around me, the ocean below me, everything is blue and in every direction, uninterrupted. So its like being in a big blue circle. Fortunately, I happen to … Continue reading

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Ambassador 54 – Here’s to Good Habits

–Every once in a while I am rewarded for a good habit. But I don’t have many, so the rewards don’t come often. Anyway, one of my habits during a passage is my daily random walk. Basically I wander around … Continue reading

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