Engaging the Galley

I love cooking. In particular, I love trying new recipes with ingredients I can’t pronounce, and I love baking breads. There aren’t many things that thrill me more than seeing any of our 11 children’s faces light up when I set a tray of fresh warm cinnamon rolls on the counter, or when my husband comments on the mouth-watering aroma coming from the galley. I have to admit that when we moved onto our boat, a Leopard 46 catamaran, I was a little intimidated about my cooking situation. I was…

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An Atlantic Crossing: Smoooooooth Sailing

Not every guy with a little dinghy and big dreams should set off on a journey across a vast ocean. But with some training and the right safety equipment to go with it, an Atlantic crossing isn’t necessarily that big of a deal. Picture-perfect sunsets. Water gently lapping against the side of the boat. A gentle breeze blowing from behind. These are not images generally associated with an Atlantic Ocean crossing. Usually those three words conjure up scenes from serious offshore races, with some poor guy in full wet weather…

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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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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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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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Georgie on s/v Fandancer in Greece

Hello! My name is Georgie Moon, and I live aboard our yacht, Fandancer, with my husband Tim, and our boat cat, Artemis. Although we do occasionally return to the UK to visit friends and family, we spend most of our time sailing around the Greek islands. We don’t stay in one particular location, but go where the winds take us. So far we have visited over 40 Greek islands, from the Ionian Islands off the west coast, south to the Cyclades, and east to the Dodecanese, close to Turkey. There…

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Monique on s/v Heartbeat

I’m Monique and I’m really excited to be part of the CruiserTV team because I love sailing … and I love telling people how much I love sailing! While it’s not always dolphins and sunsets and rainbows, there’s a lot more of those things out here on the water than there are back on land. I’m going to spend a lot of time sharing other people’s stories with you, so I thought I’d I start by giving you a glimpse into how my own sailing adventure started. I grew up…

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