YOU’RE INVITED TO MY BVI BIRTHDAY PARTY!

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Since Christmas and New Year came and went without a peep from me, I thought I’d go all out for my birthday instead and invite ALL OF YOU to my party! That’s right! You are invited to the Nanny Cay Beach Bar in Tortola on my ACTUAL birthday, February 1, 2020. And I’m absolutely serious! Because, here’s the thing: I… Read more

WOW x 2! Adding Another Women’s Offshore Course!

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Frankly, I’m blown away by the response to the first WOW (Women’s Offshore Week) sailing course that I’m running with Meg of OceanRacers.net! Just a brief announcement on this blog and on social media has resulted in almost filing up not one, but two courses! By the time I turned up to the Annapolis Boat Show in October, I’d already… Read more

Psst! You Still Here??? (A Long Overdue Update)

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Looking at the date of my last post, I have not written anything on Turf to Surf for two and a half years. What?! TWO AND A HALF YEARS?! That sounds about right, actually. I kind of feel like I’m just waking up from a coma. In any case, I apologize for disappearing so abruptly and without explanation (apart from… Read more

5 Lessons Learned from Managing a Crew

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When Cheeky Monkey reached the Canary Islands after five days at sea, it was clear the crew needed a stiff drink and some space. This was our “shakedown,” our test run for the Atlantic crossing with our full crew of six: Meg and Kristi, our friends from the ’13-14 Clipper Round the World Race, Morgan, a French solo sailor we… Read more

Cheeky Monkeys in Gibraltar

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It’s always a little nerve-wracking pulling our 24-foot-wide catamaran through a narrow entrance, past the sharp bowsprits lining the docks with what feels like just inches to spare. But, luckily, as big as our boat is, with two engines, Cheeky Monkey turns on a dime, so I had little trouble nudging our boat safely up to the scary concrete wall… Read more

7 lessons learned catching our first fish

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“Fish on!” I hear John scream, slowly nudging me out of a deep sleep below deck. I pull on some clothes and rush up on deck to find Ryan running around the cockpit, desperately searching for something. “We don’t have a gaff! Wait, I have a trident!” He pulls a long-handled deck brush out of the lazarette. “No, that’s not… Read more

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