Watch Standing: Free Labor on the Open Seas

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  Long passages on a family boat are great opportunities for sailors to catch up on their sleep deprivation. Utilizing the wide ranging skills of young sailors catching a free ride across the big blue ocean is one way to mitigate those days and weeks of semi-conscious partially hallucinogenic moments in between your forty-five minute …Read More

Stateside Transition

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Hmmmm….where did summer go? As I slide face first into the final day of Labor Day Weekend, I have come to the realization that I spent the summer experiencing rather than documenting. After re-reading my last post (gasp – that was in early July), I have a lot of holes to fill in. Rather than …Read More

WIDAGO Down Under!

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After a brisk passage from Vanuatu across the Coral Sea, WIDAGO safely arrived in Queensland, Australia last night. Upon entering the Great Barrier Reef, we had a hundred mile motor into light winds, guided by pods of migrating humpbacks, sea snakes, and bottlenose dolphins – an absolutely spectacular finish to a difficult, less than favorite, …Read More

Crossing the Coral Sea

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Day 4 underway on our passage from Vanuatu to Australia. We crossed into Australian waters after breakfast this morning, and now have just over 300 miles to the Great Barrier Reef. Not gunna sugar-coat, this passage has been a bit of a doozy. Winds have been consistently in the mid to upper 20s, just abaft …Read More

Volcanic Vanuatu

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After a beam reach, brisk winded three day passage from Fiji, WIDAGO arrived upon the shores of Tanna, a remote island in the Vanuatu group, a thousand miles east of Australia. In Port Resolution (named after Captain Cook tucked into this anchorage on his fine ship, H.M.S.┬áResolution, in 1774), we were greeted by local fisherman …Read More

Beautiful Bora

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If you can swing it, definitely put Bora Bora on the “Bucket List”. We had an awesome two weeks on the hook hanging with another Leopard family boat. Beautiful (and sweaty) hikes, Tackle SUP surfing, crystal clear snorkeling. In the land of a gazillion thatch tiki huts over the water, I still think experiencing Bora …Read More

Why I Love Donuts…

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….I mean, seriously, do you really need a reason? Bare with me folks, just a bit of venting today….. So the last few weeks WIDAGO has gone cold and dark to┬áthe interstices of the internet. About a month ago we had one of those days. Those sad bad news days. Some of you good people …Read More

Marlin Fishing Across the Pacific

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*** This a is re-post….for those who missed the first try without the video **** Prior to our Florida departure, Ahab could’ve been called Santiago as he honed his sport fishing skills for nearly a decade. During those long lonely weekends I spent as a boat widow, Ahab was off “working really hard” at these …Read More

Rays & Black Tips in Moorea

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Just north of Tahiti, we found ourselves anchored in Moorea: one of the most beautiful islands we’ve seen yet. The color of water is too hard describe, so we will let the video do the work. The day we filmed this beauty, the visibility was exceptional, and the subject matter very cooperative. This was an …Read More

Bye Bye Bora Bora

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WIDAGO is on the move again, this time heading direct for Fiji. After two awesome months in French Polynesia, we have weighed anchor and set a course for Fiji. Unfortunately we will miss the Cook Islands, Niue, and the Kingdom of Tonga, as we are jumping ahead of the fleet, giving me a window of …Read More

Cruiser Fatigue

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While not yet recognized by the American Medical Association (or any country for that matter), Cruiser Fatigue is a serious sailing ailment that can be easily remedied. Fatigue for the seafaring soul comes in two distinct forms: Acute and chronic. Those multi-week offshore passages are a target rich environment for acute fatigue. Primarily caused by …Read More