The circumnavigation of a 62-ft. Hawaiian ocean voyaging canoe, using the ancient art and genius of Polynesian wayfinding — no map, no compass, no GPS, no modern navigational tools of any kind. This story in the September 2016 issue of Soundings explores the boat, the voyage, and why it docked where it did when it came up the Potomac River to Washington.

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Sailing Cuba’s Caribbean Coast


Although “vacation” and “pleasure” are not yet authorized reasons for Americans to visit Cuba, it is now possible for U.S. sailors to charter a sailboat and cruise the island’s southern coast. This article in the August 2016 issue of Soundings, describes how, what it’s like, what’s there, and why bareboat chartering in Cuba is not for beginners. A mobile-friendly (one-column) version is also available on the Soundings website.

Also online: A feature on Pire, the legendary “capitan del puerto” at the Cayo Largo marina in Cuba’s first tourist resort island.

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National Geographic Traveler “Best of the World” for 2016

Tangier and Smith Islands—This entry explains why Tangier and Smith Islands in the Chesapeake Bay are “must-see places.” The hard-copy magazine format is online here; the web version with lots of tips and links is online here.

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Thomas Point Lighthouse


Just southeast of Annapolis sits the last working screwpile lighthouse in its original location in the Chesapeake Bay: Thomas Point Shoal Light. Once dozens of these graceful structures guided mariners in the bay, and two are in museums, but “TP” is the only one left doing its job. The lighthouse is an iconic symbol of the state of Maryland, a beloved waypoint for sailors, and was saved from the wrecking ball by a public-private partnership. This article in the August 2015 issue of Cruising World take a look.

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Cuba by Boat…or Not

Cruise_to_Cuba.DT-1-2.April 2015President Obama’s recent actions to restore normal diplomatic relations with Cuba so far do not extend to the sea: American boaters are still prohibited from crossing the 90 miles of water that separate the two nations. This article in the April 2015 Soundings explains why.


Haida Gwaii

HG.Pg1-2aThe Haida Gwaii archipelago (formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands),  is located at the northwestern-most corner of Canada’s Pacific Northwest. It is one of the most beautiful, remote, and wild places in the world.

This three-part feature in the March 2015 issue of Soundings shows why, on many different levels, there’s no place on Earth like Haida Gwaii. This article won a certificate of merit award in the Travel and Destinations category of the 2015 annual writing contest by Boating Writers International.


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Video: Haida Gwaii and the Legacy Pole Raising

Video: Outer Shores, visiting Haida Gwaii by schooner

The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal

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Soundings, Dec-14

The C&D Canal, linking the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, is one of the busiest in the United States. Although seemingly peaceful and quiet, the currents, weather, and marine traffic here can be deadly.

This article, in the December 2014 issue of Soundings, tells the story of the canal and provides some tips for a safe passage. It received a Merit Award in the  2014 BWI annual writing contest in the Travel & Destinations category.


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Video: Thanksgiving 2011 Transit of the C&D by the ATB Nicole Reinhauer, Capt. Bill Brucato on helm and video