Port of MDI

Passage Strategy by Dave Abbott



I asked Dave Abbott how he planned long range passages - here is his answer:

"Many people don't have a clear idea in their mind about how they are going to make a passage - they lack a strategy - and that contributes to a sense of anxiety when they sail offshore. "


By Dave Abbott

Forty-five knots of Red Sea Adventure

What do you do when you are sailing offshore and you find yourself in a storm? How can you deal with storms so you don't break expensive gear and people don't get hurt?

Storm management for cruisers is mostly common sense and is within the ability of ordinary people who venture offshore in seaworthy yachts.

Cruising Multihull Sail Trim

By Kevin Jeffery:

Since the days of the early Polynesians, multihulls have come a long way in design, aesthetics, and performance.

Although my wife first introduced me to the world of sailboats aboard her father's Sparkman & Stevens 35-foot wooden sloop, I learned the art of sailing in 1980 as co-captain of our own cruising catamaran, a Heavenly Twins 26. That wonderful craft was to become home for us and our young twin sons for the next four years, taking us from Cape Cod to Florida and repeatedly to the Bahamas. The author's first multihull. While slow by contemporary standards, it could still post speeds of 10 knots. Our next boat was an older Prout catamaran that we bought in the Dominican Republic and cruised eastward to the Virgin Islands.

As a confirmed multihull sailor I'm often asked, "What is sailing and sail trim like on a cruising multihull?" To a large extent that depends on your level of sailing expertise, on the boat you sail, and your perspective. Since the basic sailing concepts apply to multihulls as well, you'll find the experience similar to monohull sailing with subtle but important differences that we'll review in this article.

Multihulls in the Deep Blue

By Bob Austin

Although this deals with sailing cats--not many had much sail up by the time it was over. It certainly deals with the ability of a group of at least three cats to survive a storm--but also has some lessons for monohulls! This relates to the Queens Birthday Day Storm in June 1994.

Typically one sails from Auckland N.Z. North to Fiji After the first week of April and before the end of June. This should avoid the Souther Cyclone season and the severe winter Gales. In 1994 there were a series of mild lows which kept many mariners from leaving in April and May--none of these were severe--but folks were waiting for "Ideal weather".

However time crept up on them. The meteriological scenerio is well described in the web site of Steve Dashew at: http://www.setsail.com/products/pdfs/qbs.pdf