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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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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