You Bet Your Life

The story goes that once upon a time the famous philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell was asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God, and God asks: “Why didn’t you believe in me?”   Russell replied: “I’d look him straight in the eye and say: ‘you didn’t give me enough evidence’”.… Continue reading You Bet Your Life

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The Philosopher’s Sandbar

I sometimes find myself awake in the wee hours of the morning thinking:  “What the hell am I doing?”  I did a lot of education, and then seven years in the financial world. This was surely sufficient for a lucrative career track to a comfortable retirement.  But I only dreamed of going to sea, and… Continue reading The Philosopher’s Sandbar

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Big Weather

I have always loved big weather events ever since I was a boy, from thunderstorms to hurricanes.  Recently, though having just crossed the half-century mark, I found myself following hurricane Dorian with pretty much the same intensity of my youth. I love big weather events when I am safely tucked away somewhere.  Conversely, when I… Continue reading Big Weather

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To Remain Men

I recall an episode of Star Trek where orders had come down from Starfleet Command that the Enterprise was to be fitted with a new tactical computer, the M-5.  The proud papa of this technological wonder explains to Captain James T. Kirk that it can assess situations more accurately and make tactical decisions far faster… Continue reading To Remain Men

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Sailing Alone

People often ask me if I feel lonely sailing solo, and the answer is no.  Or very rarely, to be more precise.  There are exceptional moments, and I just recently passed through one of them.  It was unexpected, and it hit me hard. Just prior to departing Culebra (Puerto Rico) in late January, 2019, while… Continue reading Sailing Alone

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Southbound Strategies

While I waited  for what seemed like an eternity to find a weather window to head offshore from the US East Coast to the Caribbean,  naturally I got a lot of suggestions.   The general thrust of it went something like: “Why don’t you coastal hop down to Florida and then head to the Caribbean from… Continue reading Southbound Strategies

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Northbound to the Bay

Up until mid-April the plan was basically a repeat of last summer.  Grenada is certainly a cruiser friendly hangout, far enough from the bulk of the hurricane tracks to be considered safe, and Trinidad, just 80 miles to the south, has excellent haul out facilities.  On the other hand, it’s just plain hot as hell… Continue reading Northbound to the Bay

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