Category Archives: Sailing Tales


Isn’t this fun? Baby steps toward the finish line, but as release date nears (and no, it won’t be tomorrow, but soon), all the changes from the editor and beta readers have been included, the cover is ready, and Amazon has a sale going on! Pre-order at a significant discount Read more →

A New Cover for Sailing out of Darkness! Releases August 15, 2013

I am so very excited to reveal the new cover from WhiteFire’s talented Roseanna White. She did a great preliminary one, but it just didn’t feel quite right. You know what I mean? So she looked for ideas. I looked for ideas. I thought I’d found one. She thought it Read more →

Woo-hoo! Sea Venture Went Roaming!

I took time off from writing and editing to play on our beloved boat! So, so much fun. I know. Our poor darling Sea Venture sat around on the hard and then at dock for far, far too long. But Saturday dawned bright and cold, and off we went, up Read more →

Tales from Other Folk

A Book I Wish I Had Published Come on over to my writing blog and take a look at Torre DeRoche’s new book. It’s a hoot.            

Heaving-to: Storm Tactics

They knew a storm was headed toward the Bahamas, but the Florida coast offered no place to hide. As part of their preparation, Michael demonstrated the procedure for heaving-to to crew member Bernie. Sea Venture’s usual sail configuration of back-winded jib and centered mizzen allows her deep belly to fore-reach Read more →

Comparing Cultures: Welcome to the US of A

In three years sailing Mexican waters, visiting Mexican medical facilities, getting to know Mexican folk, Sea Venture’s crew experienced nothing but gracious smiles and helping hands. The same held true in Central America, and even more so in Grand Cayman where, “Mon, how can I help you?” was the rule. Read more →

Grand Cayman in Pictures — One

Saturday night was exhausting on board Sea Venture: ten-foot seas and then a hard slog across a hefty current that kept forcing them east when they needed to go west.  Finally, around noon on Sunday they grabbed a mooring ball off Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and awaited clearance into the country. Read more →

Isla San Andres in Pictures

Gorgeous water, oh my. Anchored in a swimming pool. Colorful place near a color-splashed sea. This is Nene’s Marina in San Andres, where the locals hangout. Table tops are hatch covers or driftwood and the bases are sections of sailboat masts. Collected artifacts from cruising boats decorate the ceiling and Read more →

Arrived in Grand Cayman

After fighting ten-foot seas all night, they arrived in Grand Cayman. Awaiting check-in now.

Cousin to the Rescue: Costa Rica south

Sea Venture’s repairs waited only for my cousin, Tom McKnight, to arrive on February 19 with the new steering system bearings and mounting hardware. They reprovisioned and checked out of Costa Rica on Monday, then headed south. Tom, being a racer, spent hours tweaking headsails. Michael assured him that Sea Read more →