Gear Review – Mantus Anchor

When most people think of important equipment for cruising sailors, they thinks of sails, hardware, or autopilots. But really, when one thinks of the proportion of time different activities occupy, the most important piece of equipment is the anchor. In fact, as I have said before, cruising should probably be called “anchoring” as most of […]

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True Confessions of a Cruising Mom

After a campfire dinner of hot dogs, freshly caught fish, s’mores, and several glasses of wine on a deserted beach on volcano-ravaged but still beautiful Montserrat, I decided to interview myself about our cruising life. I thought “cruising” was what high school kids did in the ’50′s, you know, driving their cars around and around […]

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Guadeloupe to Antigua Passage

It’s hard to describe how amazing it is as I am writing this. Words like epic, and spiritual come to mind. Let me see if I can paint the scene for you, the sight, the movement and sounds of a sailboat traveling at night. We are twenty miles offshore, heading towards antigua. It’s just gone […]

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Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Portsmouth. As we turn back north, roughly half way through our year in the Caribbean, four cities with the same name come to mind. I was born in Portsmouth, England, on the south coast. It’s a big navy city, and growing up there firmly embedded the coast and sea into me. I […]

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Marie Galante

Here are a few photos from our week-ish on quiet, charming, beautiful Marie Galante, where we discovered the French authorities don’t like our boat papers, saw loads of big starfish, played on multiple white sand beaches, suffered Internet withdrawal, toured a rum distillery, ate really bad pizza, and finally saw the green flash at sunset. […]

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