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Squalls!

March 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

getting up into the 40’s we averaged well into the 30’s Winds were howling after we left Sainte-Pierre and got out of the shelter of the large volcano and into the open ocean passage north of Martinique. When it was time for us to sail north to Dominica, we knew to expect big seas and [read more]

Choosing Our Kayak

January 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rand and I had our first kiss way-back-when on a kayak, so you can imagine that having a kayak on board Golden Glow is a given…but what kind?  Which type best balances weight and space considerations with performance, versatility and price? Rand’s kayak is a hard rotomolded plastic, [read more]

Turks & Caicos to San Juan

December 23, 2014 // 3 Comments

We’re back in the USA for the holidays and work projects now, and missing Golden Glow and the warm Caribbean water, weather and lifestyle. A good time to remember our cruise from Turks & Caicos to Puerto Rico. South Side Marina Rand & Jack relaxing & catching up on their 40+ year [read more]

How Best to Cross the Gulf Stream?

November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Navigating the Gulf Stream is a special part of charting our course for the Caribbean. Since we are leaving from Charleston, one of the questions we face is do we head straight out on a southeasterly course, which will take us across the gulf stream where it’s wide, strong, meandering, and [read more]

Using Apps like PredictWind to Plan our Passage

November 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

PredictWind is turning out to be a favorite app for passage planning.  It combines many pieces of weather data and presents us with several sail-plan options from our starting place to our end point, taking into account if we want the fastest trip or the most comfortable (there are many settings [read more]

Turks & Caicos to Puerto Rico

November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Turks & Caicos was beautiful, the weather was good, so we lingered. but knowing our flights back to the mainland from San Juan were scheduled on the 17th, and that we wanted a couple of days to get the boat prepped to leave for a few weeks to celebrate the holidays with the kids, we finally had [read more]

When to Winterize the Boat?

November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

There’s an Arctic Outbreak across most of the USA this week, and Charleston is in its path. Golden Glow may briefly experience freezing air temperatures for the first time in her life. Fortunately, the water she’s lying in is still 60 degrees, which we’ve been advised will keep [read more]

Our New Parasailor

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of our best “scores” at the Annapolis Boat Show was a very good deal on a 105 m2 “orange emotion” Parasailor from TEC that had been used as a demo in a Sail Magazine photoshoot. There are several reasons we’re so excited to have a parasailor. Because we have [read more]

Cornell 100 Cruising Guides for All Sailing Destinations

November 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

100 Cruising Guides for All Sailing Destinations By Cornell Sailing From World Voyage Planner, by Jimmy Cornell On this page: Eastern North Atlantic and Baltic Sea Cruising Guides Western North Atlantic and Caribbean Cruising Guides South Atlantic and Southern Ocean Cruising Guides North Pacific [read more]
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