Plastic Pollution: Time for a Change

The world is abundant in beauty, and I have been captivated by its intensity in many moments. The Rockies of BC have taken my breath away with their majestic grandness that reaches into the heavens; the deserts of Arizona have captured my heart in tranquility; the Grand Canyon and Colorado River have left me in awe with their mystery, and the oceans have taken my heart with their duo personality—able to caress one softly and yet also fiercely take life away. Each of these places is different from the other…

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Oceans of reasons to protect what we love

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which we have not yet even discovered. Summer is an especially rich time for ocean life. As days grow longer here in the northern hemisphere, abundance builds from the microscopic level as photosynthesis triggers phytoplankton to bloom, providing food for zooplankton such…

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Hitchsail your Way from Novice to Pro

Suzanne Van der Veeken proves you don’t need a boat, money, or even experience to embark on a grand adventure and travel under sail. After hitchsailing across the Atlantic (twice!) she lives to tell the tale, and has plenty of advice for sailors and travellers wanting to follow in her footsteps. Standing behind the wheel, Suzanne Van der Veeken grips tightly as she navigates through the Atlantic Ocean. Sails blazing, she watches the huge vessel before her glide through the ocean as spray is fresh on her face and the…

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From Desert to Ocean: A Voyage for Madmen

Different people tackle the idea of sailing off into the sunset in different ways. Most spend years learning to sail, making careful plans, and saving their pennies before even thinking about heading offshore. But what if you live in the middle of the desert, have never been sailing before, yet still dream of the sea? You could move to the ocean and spend a few years getting used to boats. Or you could follow Rebekah and John Warner’s lead and just throw yourself in head first. As the saying goes,…

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How to Make a Dream Come True

I’m so tired. My sore eyes squint against the wind flowing over the deck. I’m surrounded by complete darkness. I do my routine eye scan – wind instruments, sails, horizon, and back. I’m alone on a night watch. Freedom! Or at least the illusion of it, tinged with fear and slight sea sickness. It’s exhilarating. I feel so alive, buzzing along with the boat. Shiloh and I are sailing and it’s bliss. Moments like this I’m in awe that this is my life. Somehow at 46 I am not working…

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Learning How to Sail with Autumn

My first sailboat trip was here in Cozumel, Mexico with friends of mine—Gina and her husband, Captain Ian. Ian and another captain race sailboats against each other as an excursion for vacationers, and I have to say, it was a rush! The very first thing we learned was the importance of knowing which direction the wind is coming from. It sounded as though it is common for the wind to come from the south side of Cozumel because of how the weather patterns and wind patterns are formed in relation…

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Join Stan Lee in his first season of LostatSea.tv

Join cruiser Stan Lee and his wife Sarah on their Voyage catamaran as they cast off on their first season of LostatSea.tv. The first season, filmed in St. Augustine, contains info on where to anchor, marinas, where to repair, where to provision, and things to do. LostatSea.tv also promises to include bad pirate impressions, large amounts of rum, and satire of the sea. You can find more info here @ LostatSea.tv Click the video below to view!

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Cruising with Holli: The First 4 Years

My name is Holli and I live on a boat. Today marks one month shy of four years we’ve lived aboard Shiloh. That we’ve been cruising. That we’ve been sailors. I can’t quite believe it, to be honest. I still feel like a newbie, an observer. But at the same time, I can’t imagine living on land. Sailing is another adventure in a life of many. I’m from suburban Canada, and my hubby is from Cape Town, South Africa. We met in Ghana, West Africa 15 years ago, working in…

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