Sailing the Atlantic – slideshow

Join me as Tom, Scott and I prepare for, cross the Atlantic and celebrate arrival in St Lucia. Music is William Ackerman’s Bricklayers Beautiful Daughter.

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Cassette steering for new monohulls

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This steering system just won the Pittman innovation award and should reduce costs, improve consistency and effectiveness and deliver a better steering experience over custom one-off systems. Awesome design!                     https://www.sailmagazine.com/gear/jefa-modular-steering-cassette

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Las Palmas – prepping for the Atlantic crossing…

The Line Extends – Jeffrey Smith’s circumnavigation continues This installment finds Jeff and his crew in the Canary Islands preparing for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Being down one crew member, and while awaiting the arrival of our final crew …

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Guadeloupe to Trinidad – with a 14 month-old baby!

The Line Extends – tales of Jeffrey Smith’s circumnavigation aboard his Catana 431 catamaran Today! My catamaran Today! has been waiting patiently in Marina Bas du Fort, Guadeloupe for my return. Andrew Dove, the local North Sails representative, has been …

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Gibraltar to the Canaries – Major Injury

The Line Extends – Jeffrey Smith’s circumnavigation continues This installment finds Jeff and his crew sailing from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands in preparation for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Big seas, a 27 knot puff and a loose mainsheet …

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Crossing the Atlantic

The Line Extends: Crossing the Atlantic One in a series of stories about Jeffrey Smith’s circumnavigation aboard Today! It’s blowing 24 knots true out of the southeast, and has been raining off and on all night. Scott is driving in …

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The line extends – north from St Lucia

The Line Extends – tales of Jeffrey Smith’s circumnavigation aboard his Catana 431 catamaran Today! After three days at the dock in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, recovering from our race across the Atlantic, it was time to fuel up and …

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My sailing resume

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I started sailing in San Francisco Bay with my oldest brother when I was six. At 16 I was sailing with my other brother in a Lido 14 in Newport Harbor, and then took a series of sailing courses from …

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Crossing the Atlantic in a 43 foot catamaran

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After sailing in the Mediterranean for a year, I entered my Catana 431 in the 2001 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. Formerly known as the Atlantic Race for Cruisers, the annual event was rebranded to enable participants to get insurance for …

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Boat Books: great repair, maintenance, routing and preparation books (and some courses)

The first eight times I took my trimaran “The Shadow” sailing, I hit logs or other debris that did small to moderate damage to the boat. One repair to the centerboard was $800 so I quickly learned I needed to …

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Anchoring and docking a large catamaran – power or sail

When I took delivery of my Catana 431 in Canet, France, I was very concerned that I would carom it off the other boats and docks trying to get it out into the Med. Canet is very windy, and I …

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Gunboat 55 – short handed circumnavigator?

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 Just watched a Sail magazine review on the first Gunboat 55 from the recent Annapolis boat show, and it is a seriously impressive boat. I have been following Gunboats since their introduction and always like their focus on high performance.  Nigel Irens …

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Building a Sailing Catamaran in France

After years of research I decided to build a sailing catamaran in France to use as I circumnavigated the globe. I had been racing monohulls and  multihulls for years and really enjoyed the speed, stability and responsiveness of multihulls. After …

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Trip Report: Motorcycling from Seattle to San Francisco to Photograph the America’s Cup

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As soon as I found out that the America’s Cup was coming to San Francisco in 2013, I made plans to take time off and head down to photograph and experience the event. One of my best friends lives near …

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