Travel stories and other stuff

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Travel stories and other stuff

The Worlds Top 5 Sailing Destinations

To set sail is to propel a craft on the surface of the water over a chosen course, which is often part of a larger plan of navigation. A course defined with respect to the true wind direction is called a point of sail. Planning an ocean passage starts with knowing when to go and which way will get you there fastest For many, sailing is an escape from everyday life...

Waterway Guide

The Waterway Guide, an East Coast Sailor’s Bible

If you are going to be sailing on the east coast you need this resource.  The Waterway Guide comes both online and in the book form.  Whenever I have internet access I always consult the online database but when I am in areas with no cell service then I consult the book.  Either way Waterway Guide has the information you will be looking for.  I use this guide for all...

Are You a Tourist or an Explorer?

Tourist or Explorer, What is Your Cup of Tea?

There is no difference between a Tourist or Explorer. Tourists are the largest group of Explorers.  Most people have some curiosity in them, the question is how much. My definition of a Tourist is not based on attitude or appearance but how a person travels. I have played the tourist role at some points in my life. Tourists rely on agents to plan their adventure. ...

Juan Sebastián Elcano, You Went Around Me First!

Who was the first to circumnavigate the world? The answer you receive will depend on who you ask. If you ask most of the world they will either say Joshua Slocum or Ferdinand Magellan, however both answers are wrong. If you ask someone from Spain they will say Juan Sebastián Elcano but that answer is only 1/18th correct. The world's first circumnavigation was...

The Life & Epic Journey of Joshua Slocum

Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail solo around the world. He was born in Nova Scotian and a naturalised American citizen. He was a sailor, adventurer, and a noted writer. In Fairhaven, Massachusetts, he rebuilt the 36′ 9″ gaff rigged sloop oyster boat named Spray.  In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an...

Thomas Coville - Around the Word in 49 Days

Thomas Coville – Around the Word in 49 Days

On Christmas day, Dec 25th 2016, French skipper Thomas Coville set a new record in solo non-stop round the world sailing. He broke the previous record of 57 days and 13 hours had been held by fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon after a trip that took just 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds making him the fastest sailor in the world.

Sailing Over the Appalachian Mountains

In the summer of 2016 I took a little trip from St Michaels, MD to Port Huron, MI. My route took 5 weeks and 1,162 Nautical Miles and was for the most part fun. When I reached Albany NY I took down the mast and the real work began.  My first lock was at Troy NY at an elevation of 15 feet above sea level.  The Erie Canal lifted my boat to a height of 420 ft. in...

Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece was a land of breathtaking beauty where science, math and art combined to produce some of the world’s greatest marvels of architecture and design. From prehistoric places to bold symbols of victory, the seven wonders of ancient Greece still stir hold us in awe to this day.

The Seven Sleepers

The Seven Sleepers story appears to be primarily a Christian story as it also has variations in the Muslim, Arabic, Scandinavian, German, Hungarian, and Welsh mythology. The basic story goes that during the time of the Roman emperor Decius, around 250 AD, seven young men were accused of Christianity.

Circumnavigation Route

Conquistador of the Useless!

My journey will be approximately 69,000 nautical miles and expected to take about 5 years to complete. The adventure will start in Seattle Washington and transit the Pacific Ocean, Coral Sea, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea. It calls for landfall on six continents, all except Antarctica.