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The Road to Bermuda: A Different Kind of Sailing

June 22, 2016.  Today, as Chris Museler was approaching St. David’s Light in the Swan 44 Aura, he asked himself this question: “As we near the finish of the 50th Bermuda Race (and my fifth), will I ever do  another...
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Reflections while Standing Watch to St. David’s Light

Stuart Streuli writes from Defiance. “Win, lose or draw, there’s nothing that compares to the feeling to hitting the dock after 600 miles of racing from Newport to Bermuda.” Along the way there are plenty of lessons learned about boats,...
The eve of Frank Bohlen's birthday.

The Road to Bermuda: Strange Weather, Elusive Time

Chris Museler writes: We have nearly 200 miles to the finish.  Even though I have complained about the slow speed of our boat, the Swan 44 Aura, this “Berth to Bermuda” (John Rousmaniere’s tantalizing title for his history of the...
"Champagne conditions" dominated over Warrior Won and the other boats.

“What Offshore Sailing is About,” and other Bloggers’ Notes

These blogs from three boats cover every sailor’s various states of mind: awe, frustration, rapture, fear, focus, patience, distraction, love of the sea and nature, and all-out competitiveness regardless of the conditions. Inisharon, Mark D’Arcy, “We are struggling” June 20,...
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New York YC Anniversary Regatta. 
'Aura'  a Swan 44 owned by William J Kardash
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The Road to Bermuda: A Time Warp Boat with a Happy Skipper

Chris Museler enjoys sailing this “fits-and-starts race” in a boat older than he is, and with a skipper who cheerfully cooks and fusses and takes great pleasure in sailing offshore. The fact that the Swan 44 Aura was reaching at...
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Drive On!

Stuart Streuli, racing in Defiance, reports the joys of steering a good boat in a good breeze–and the doubts and training that brought him there. “Whatever comes, we’ll keep driving on,” he writes. “Getting too focused on the finish will...
Frank Bohlen (Barry Pickthall/PPL)

The Road to Bermuda: So That’s How You Find the Gulf Stream!

Chris Museler updates Aura’s progress and morale as the race reaches midpoint, with Father’s Day, steering lessons, and some insights into the Stream and navigation all coming together during one watch.   Here’s to a fine halfway point for this...
Inisharon under light sails in the 2012 race. (Barry Pickthall/PPL)

Punching Through the Stream, the Pack Nears Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 20, 8AM. By John Rousmaniere. When dawn blessed Bermuda on Monday, Comanche was still a very lonely yacht in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club marina a full day after the 100-footer’s crew, led by Kenny Read with...
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