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The Commandments of Ocean Sailing

As I complete my thoughts about our trip, I have realized that there are some basic rules and things to know before heading off on a trip like this. Here I shall share them with you. My commandments of offshore sailing: Know thy stomach….

Ocean Adventures: Heading Home

Aug 11 2018 – 48’7.33 N, 126’8.77 W Today is Geoff’s birthday! And no one will let him forget it for a minute! Ha. Sound familiar? We have decided we are living groundhog day every shift. We have a “routine” of get up, get…

Ocean Adventures: Sneaky Simon

Aug 7 2018 – 41’30.67 N, 140’32.32W Today is my birthday and no one will let me forget it for a minute! Nope. Every time I get up for shift someone yells “Happy Birthday Penny!”. Ha. The first few times I felt really special…

Holidays 2018!

Give the gift of sailing! Have a special someone in your life who has dreamed of learning to sail? Why not give them the unique gift of sailing this Holiday Season! Sail Nelson will provide them the instruction they need to make their dream…

2018 Season Review

The 2018 sailing season was a great kick-off season for Sail Nelson! Spindrift joined us in Nelson from Montreal which enabled us to be more flexible with our schedule and offer as many courses as possible. Read about her cross-country trek here. The water…

Ocean Adventures: Casting Off!

July 25, 2018 – Hawaii Yacht Club 21’16.35 N, 156’56.51 W Tomorrow am we cast off and head to Hanalei Bay for snorkeling before our sail across the Pacific Ocean to home! I am very excited to get out on the Ocean and to…

Ocean Adventures: Who’s Who?

Our trip was fantastic! What an expedition and it was a great experience overall. I thoroughly enjoyed being out in the Big Blue, and I’m already thinking about my next voyage… Turnagain is a 50 foot Beneteau Oceanis and she was very well equiped for…

Whales, Tornadoes, Lightning… Oh My!

I have come to the realization that our trek across the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to Vancouver for the Vic-Maui delivery is only a month away… wow. We will be sailing approximately 2,308 nautical miles or 4,275 km. Just to put that into perspective,…

Anchoring Infographic

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Checking things off the list!

So I have taught several courses already this summer (looking forward to my July adventure/break!), and at the end of each course my students ask for a copy of my boat checklist. So, figured I’d just share it with you all! Here it is!…

Gear Review: PFDs & Tethers

Alright, so the next area of major consideration for my Hawaii trip is my personal safety gear. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate personal safety gear when embarking on a trip, not the boat owners. Therefore, I will need to…

Gear Review – Base Layers

So, further to my blog on foul weather gear, I mentioned that I would follow up with a base layer gear review. First we need to establish our wish list: warm breathable low stink factor (since I’ll be wearing them a few times over…