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January 2017 Newsletter

With the long cold winter evenings keeping my northern friends inside, with the hot summer days and school holidays hopefully keeping my southern friends away from their desks and giving them some spare time, thought I’d share a story I wrote recently which shows that big feeling adventures can happen on the shortest of cruises … Continue reading »

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November 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends: People, the Bonus of Cruising, it was one of the first stories I ever wrote.  In it I described the ease with which cruisers seem to make new, amazingly intimate friendships among the people they meet – both cruisers and shore folks – just because they have decided to set off into the … Continue reading »

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July/August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends, It was almost 40 years ago, Larry and I had been cruising for just three years when I felt compelled to write an article called, People, the Bonus of Cruising. I am reminded of that because the past few months has been spiced by an array of people we met only because we … Continue reading »

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June 2016 Newsletter

On the surface, it appears as if everything in the world is changing. But a few weeks ago I was given proof that many things tend to stay the same. I had been invited to be a guest speaker at the Australian Maritime Museum’s Classic and Wooden Boat Festival in Sydney. Once there, I had … Continue reading »

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April 2016 Newsletter

The wondrously full (and occasionally over-full) days of the southern hemisphere summer have faded gently into autumn. Yesterday the late afternoon light actually seemed to make the breeze-swept cove sparkle. I couldn’t resist and decided to forget about a desk full of paperwork, a book project needing editing and to head out for a quiet … Continue reading »

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December Newsletter

Newsletter – December 2015   Dear Friends: As the holidays approach instead of my normal newsletter I’d like to give you a small gift. This is a chapter from the book I am slowly working on, one that might eventually be entitled, Taleisin’s Tales. The Wave that Was Waiting for Bill Bailey “Have you ever … Continue reading »

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November 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends Banners snapping in a fresh breeze.  Jamaican rhythms echoing across the water, laughter ringing from the booth across from mine where a comedian is spinning plates through the air, several thousand contented sailors filling the docks around me – Its boat show time in Annapolis.  I’d come to present some seminars, launch the … Continue reading »

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September 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends, When we sailed in to Malta on board Seraffyn back in the mid-1970’s we moored alongside with one of the greats from the early days of ocean cruising, the late Humphrey Barton and his wife Mary. Humphrey, who was almost 76, had been a fighter pilot in WWI, then done a tremendous amount … Continue reading »

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Reviews for Voyaging with Kids

Voyaging with Kids is a beautifully designed and very comprehensive reference on cruising with kids. It covers everything from picking your boat to what to bring along, how to stay safe and healthy, provisioning in far away places, and activities to pass the time or expose the kids to new experiences. There is a full chapter … Continue reading »

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August Newsletter 2015

Dear Friends; Misty clouds turn to rain as we make our way slowly into Skagway. I can’t complain as the weather has treated us kindly during our cruise through the Inland Passage toward Alaska. But, as the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railway train Larry, approaches the docks where our cruise liner awaits, I … Continue reading »

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June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends: I watched as the mainsail began to rise up the mast.  I turned to head toward my office where I hoped I could more easily ignore what was going on. But a few steps later I realized I wouldn’t get any work done. So I turned back and tried not to scrutinize every … Continue reading »

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April/May 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends; March, April, I call them the migration months. This is the time of year when cruising sailors decide to explore the waters around New Zealand before heading off for northern (warmer) climates. We have had almost a dozen people from five countries drop anchor here at Kawau, then row ashore to say hello. … Continue reading »

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