It Takes all Day January 26, 2001
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Posted: January 26, 2001
It Takes all Day
January 26, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
I picked up my emails the other day and was thrilled to find a note from my dear friend and colleague of many years, Jaine Darwin, a devout non-sailor. "I read your log every week like an atheist trying to make sense out of Catholics who've found the Pope. But I still have a question. What is it that you actually do all day?" This is a reasonable question, posed by someone who— and not so long ago this was true of me, too—has her calendar fully booked, hour by hour, for at least the next six months. I can recall conver...... Read More

Boys and Girls On Boats
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Posted: January 19, 2001
Boys and Girls On Boats
By Bernadette Bernon
As we dinghy through the busy anchorage, the buzz of a hand drill floats toward us. Douglas’s ears perk up. Instinctively he turns his head slightly, then a bit more, homing in on the sound. It’s the mating call of the North American cruising male, on alert for his own kind.
Nowhere is the separation of the sexes more distinct than it is on a cruising boat. When cruising folks get acquainted, the women seem to start right in talking about personal matters, emotions, community, self. The guys start talking engines, batteries, electro...... Read More

Waiting for the Weather Window January 12, 2001
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Posted: January 12, 2001





Waiting for the Weather Window
January 12, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
In the rolly Key West harbor, we listened to four more weather reports, two NOAA forecasts on the VHF radio, and two more on the single-sideband (a kind of short wave radio). We watched half a dozen boats leave, noting that all were bigger than Ithaka. For three days, we saw the a chilly NW wind clock around the compass, and finally begin to drop from our normal 25 knots, down to 6 knots overnight. And then we heard it–the prediction o...... Read More

Something Had To Give January 5, 2001
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Posted: January 05, 2001
Something Had To Give
Key West, Florida
24 34.389N 81 48.162W
January 5, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
All season, weather has been the opponent of cruisers trying to claw their way down the American coast and achieve a safe passage over to the islands. Everyone we've met grumbles of being woefully behind hoped-for schedules and late for promised rendezvous points. Sure, there's a temptation to admonish us that we should slow down and smell the roses, and to a certain degree that's true, but here's the rub. Hurricane season begins July 1, and boats with insurance are required to be out of the ...... Read More

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