Just three nights into our Atlantic crossing, with early days for a three-week passage, our minds and bodies were still adjusting to the challenges of a 24/7 watch routine, only a few hours of sleep a night and the constant movement of Dream Time, our 38-foot Cabo Rico, running wing-to-wing on the high seas after two weeks of rest in Cape Verde.
The sock story begins in the early hours of the morning during my five-hour sunrise shift. My wife, Catherine, was already busy down below after her party shift — the 2000 to 0300 watch — burrowing into a pile of cushions and pillows strategically placed to give her the most comfort and support, and as she puts it, to stop her from “rolling around like a pencil.” We have a lee cloth, but over 13 years and 42,000 nautical miles of world cruising, Catherine prefers her pillow method.
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Light in a pinch
In emergency lighting situations, more light is always better
Terra Nova and Scott of the Antarctic
The barque Terra Nova was specially reinforced for working in polar sea ice
Snagged anchors and empty gas bottles
Mishaps on a mid-Med adventure
Reports of aggressive killer whales
Orcas have reportedly attacked sailboats recently off Spain and
Prized pilothouse possessions
The pilothouse is the nerve center of a power voyagig vessel like this Selene 43 in the Bahamas.
It's not easy being green
Dealing with the scourge of seasickness
Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator's oversight failures
The dive boat Conception on fire off Santa Cruz island in California.
Drama in the Vendee Globe solo world race
Alex Thomson’s IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss at the start of the 2020 Vendee Globe Race.
A circumnavigator's favorite ocean films
A still from the documentary Maiden, which tells the story of the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989-90.
Treating batteries as a system works best
Using a refined method gives artist Catherine Hearding the framework for her paintings
Affirmations help us see what truly is and not what our senses try to fool us with—and we can use them everywhere in any circumstance.
Samie and Ryan Roberts’ LoveStream platform adds social distancing to the wedding party
Dominic: IN THE DOGHOUSE!
The actor does damage control after he’s caught with his costar.
DROOPY DOUGLAS ORDERED TO GET FACELIFT!
Wife Catherine fears Michael, 76, is looking OLD!
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Salt of the Earth
Michael's Heartbreak Catherine Walks Out
It’s over! Catherine Zeta-Jones leaves longtime husband michael douglas just three weeks after the tragic passing of his father.
THE BETTER LIAR