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Southwest from Polynesia
"Most sailors who’ve dreamt of meandering their way through the South Pacific, pushed by the trade winds, allocate fairly equal portions of the voyage to the island groups and their cultures. We’ve known eight waves of travelers who have passed through on this highly touted route. For many, it’s a one-time thing, due to all manner of constraints. Others stay for a few seasons before continuing on circumnavigations. Some return home via the North Pacific or sell their boats at the end of the downhill sleigh ride in New Zealand or Australia. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Southwest from Polynesia      Submitted by Noel Sat Jun 26, 2004 )

The Dark Side Of The Sun
"A few precautions and a little common sense can fend off the ill effects of sunlight and keep boating as fun as it ever was. Boaters, beach-goers and others spending time outdoors recognize the importance of using sunscreen lotions throughout the day. But most people look only for SPF ratings to block UVB rays. (SPF stands for "sun protection factor" and is measured by Food & Drug Administration standards for screening out UVB rays. There are not yet ratings for UVA screening. SPF numbers measure the amount of time you can remain in the sun using sunscreen, compared the time it normally takes one's skin to burn. A person who uses SPF 15 may be able to stay in the sun 15 times longer than if their skin was unprotected.)"

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: The Dark Side Of The Sun      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 25, 2004 )

5 Ways to Start Racing
"Whatever approach you pursue, the fastest track into the sport is to find a racing sailor and let him or her know you're interested. If you don't know any member of the racing species, here's a tip on spotting one we heard from Rhodes 19 racer Bob Meyer. "The guy who will be crewing for me next year happened to see me in downtown Boston wearing a Sailing World NOOD Regatta shirt," says Meyer. "Turns out he lives in the same town I do, and we happened to need a third crewmember." "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: 5 Ways to Start Racing      Submitted by Noel Fri Jun 25, 2004 )

"The buoyant trip line, which has half hitches tied in every 6 feet or so for better gripping, trails behind the boat while voyaging offshore. The Styrofoam float marks the "bitter end" (pun intended!), while the inboard end is led in such a way that increased drag on the trailing line will disengage the self-steering mechanism or engine throttle. In the case of a vessel under sail, it will then steer the boat up into the wind to stall it. Once you've worked out the right adjustments for your boat, you can set up your Last Chance Trip Line in a couple of minutes anytime you're heading out to sea. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: CAPT'N TOR'S LAST CHANCE TRIP LINE      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 24, 2004 )

"Mediterranean mooring, docking a boat "end-on" to a quay as opposed to tying up alongside, is common practice in many parts of the world. Any skipper setting sail for foreign (particularly Mediterranean) ports will find that this method of docking is often mandatory. The technique can be useful in home waters as well. It saves space at the dock, protects the boat from wake damage and, where water depth and tidal range permit, can be convenient for stepping ashore in remote anchorages. Certainly, it is a welcomed alternative to dockside multi-raft-ups, with strange crews tramping across your decks at all hours. Yet many yachtsmen have little idea of how to dock stern-to or bow-to correctly. Here are some hints to help make this simple maneuver go smoothly, even for the short-handed or single-handed skipper."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: MEDITERRANEAN MOORING      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 24, 2004 )

"I was just thinking about toasting my landfall when down the dock limped a familiar figure. "Hey, Tristan!" I called to him and waved. "Hello there, mate," he replied. "How was the passage down?" "Not too bad, except for a blow off Cape Hatteras," I answered. "Well, that's to be expected." The formalities done, his eyes flickered to my boat laying alongside the dock, then to the nearby sea wall. Then he looked hard at me and snapped, "But after getting your vessel safely down here, what the hell are you doing docking her like that? You fancy yourself a bloody captain? What in bloody hell are you going to do if the shit hits the fan and you suddenly have to move that boat out of here? You going to back her out in a blow in this claustrophobic little space, are you? Don't you know any better than to put your bow to a sea wall? Don't you think the weather matters in port?""

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: THE OLD SALT AT THE BOAT SHOW      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 24, 2004 )

"My personal favorite ports of call in Puerto Rico include Boqueron, an especially fun place to stop. Boqueron is a ramshackle beach town on the southwest coast that offers a good anchorage and a lively, informal nightlife. With its local artists, laid-back atmosphere, and Puerto Rican holidaymakers, it reminds me of the way Key West (Florida) might have been 40 years ago! Another favorite, Playa de Salinas, is an excellent south coast hurricane hole. The harbor is just a 10-minute taxi ride from the attractive and accommodating town of Salinas, and adjacent to some terrific gunk holing in Bahia de Jobos. Of course, we loved Isla de Culebra with its many fine anchorages and quiet island lifestyle."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: PUERTO RICO - THE SPANISH VIRGIN ISLANDS?      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 24, 2004 )

"In my case, Grenada presented an attractive landfall after Sparrow's Atlantic crossing from the Canary Islands. Having by then sailed 6,000 nautical miles from Turkey, through a succession of autumn gales in the Mediterranean and the East Atlantic, I found Grenada's tranquility, warmth and charm irresistible. The island and the people radiate a heartfelt welcome that captivates anyone who stays long enough to notice. It's a place where boat awnings go up and stay up, and the anchor chain has time to sprout a few barnacles."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: CRUISING (AND HIKING!) GRENADA      Submitted by Noel Thu Jun 24, 2004 )

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Simple Sailor 1
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Phil Bolger 1
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On Island Time
Marvin Creamer 1
Marvin Creamer 2
Jay Fitzgerald 1
Jay Fitzgerald 2
Container Yachts
Ancient Mariners 1
Ancient Mariners 2
EarthNC Plus
Mike Harker
Cast Off
Chief of Watertribe 1
Chief of Watertribe 2
Dave and Anke 1
Dave and Anke 2
Michael Storer 1
Michael Storer 2
Serge Testa
Floating Fox
Fine Tolerance 1
Fine Tolerance 2
Mississippi voyage
Lugnut 1
Lugnut 2
Robby Smith 1
Robby Smith 2
Sailing Grace
Jimmy Cornell
Webb Chiles 1
Webb Chiles 2
John Wellsford 1
John Wellsford 2
Shane St. Clair 1
Shane St. Clair 2
Capt. Dave Kyser
Hugh Horton
American Eagle
Trekka 1
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Black Swan
Bluesphere Update
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Chesapeake Light Craft
Don Backe of CRAB
Sven Yrvind 1
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Spirit of S.C.
Gannon & Benjamin
Center for wooden boats
Canal Boat
Caribbean Compass
Mahina Expeditions
Exit Only Part 1
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Graham Byrnes
SoCal Potters
World Cruising Club
Saving Old Seagulls
Grahame Shannon
Spanish and French
Mico Verde
Ministry of Rum
Silver Donald Cameron
Community Boating
George Buehler
The Venturers Cruise
Ted Brewer
Managing the Waterways
The Haskells
Paul Lutus part 1
Paul Lutus part 2
Reese Palley
Fix it and sail
Pete Goss
George Moffett
Good Old Boat
Ellen Landrum
Celestial Navigation
Nick Moloney
Iceblink part 1
Iceblink part 2
Outward Bound
Lin and Larry Pardey part 1
Lin and Larry Pardey part 2
Jeff Hazzard
Boat Surveys
Schooner to Cuba part 1
Schooner to Cuba part 2
Lightning and Sailboats
Microcruising part 1
Microcruising part 2
Around in 8 Feet part 1
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Stickers and Vacation
Sandy Mackinnon part 1
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The Naked Lady
Eileen Quinn
Gunkhole Marine
Sir Chay Blyth
Kruise for Kids
Project Bluesphere
Celestial Navigation
Distant Shores part 1
Distant Shores part 2
Red Rock Sailing
Luke and DD part 1
Luke and DD part 2
Google Earth
Island Packet Yachts
Offshore Sailing School
Aviva Challenge
Sea Pearl 21
Karen Hansen
Flying scott
Hunter Marine
My first sailboat
Delphi yachts
Lats and Atts
Doyle Ploch
Spirit Investigations
Running aground
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Kite Quest 200
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