Taking advantage of our sailing charter’s off season, Captain Al and I headed down under to New Zealand. After one long flight and a few shorter flights we spotted the shoreline of New Zealand. What a beautiful coast line that is! We arrived from the west and on a beautiful clear day and we could see miles and miles of coastline . Continue reading “Traveling to New Zealand: Home of the 2021 America’s Cup”
Part 1 of a Learn to Sail Series
Have you ever wondered why boating and sailing have so many specialty words instead of using the non-boating words that could easily be used and understood everyone? Is it just to separate the boaters from the non boaters or are there any other reasons for this lingo? Continue reading “Nautical Terms — The Basics (Part 1)”
Spoiler Alert: This post has some geeky sailing language. To help all you beginners we’ve put a glossary at the end of this post. (We’re nice like that.)
The asymmetrical spinnaker is our favorite sail. It is used for sailing downwind and you wouldn’t want to sail a cat without one. So what is this fancy sail? Continue reading “Learning to Sail: The Asymmetrical Spinnaker”
Newport, R.I and The America’s Cup are forever linked, as Newport was the venue for over 50 years. The Newport Daily News still carries the news of the America’s Cup races as the cover story on the Sports page. I doubt many other US newspapers do.
Captain Al and Kia are linked to the Cup in very different ways: Continue reading “America’s Cup Then and Now”
“Why charter a sail on a catamaran?” you might ask. Well, when trying to understand what makes a sail on a catamaran different than a traditional sailboat, you have to understand the basic structure of the boat. Continue reading “The Top Two Advantages of Sailing on a Catamaran”
The sun finally came out on Saturday and we had great guests onboard for a beautiful sail around Newport. Brenda and Rick were able to watch the beautiful views from the trampoline as the wind moved us forward. We were not the only ones out at sea taking advantage of the great sailing weather.
After the sail we stayed on our mooring feasting on grilled shish kebabs, salads, burgers, home made rhubarb strawberry pie and a glass of red wine or two. The sunset was a really beautiful ending to a fun day at sea. Looking forward to many more this season!
I love the Volvo Ocean Race! For the 2014 -2015 race I was following and rooting for Team SCA in particular. I would look at my phone ap first thing in the morning and the last thing at night to find out the latest information. For the Newport stop over I was able to volunteer at the race village and that was a lot of fun. I was even entrusted with holding the actual trophy! Continue reading “Volvo Ocean Race Preview”