How Oracle Won the 34th America’s Cup

by Mark Bunzel What were the odds that Oracle Team USA would come back from an 8-1 deficit in the America’s Cup finals? After Race 4, Las Vegas odds-makers said 700 to 1. Undeterred, Oracle achieved the seemingly impossible and won the America’s Cup. They made their boat faster, got the boat better balanced, and…

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Cruising Alaska Seminar in March

Do you have plans for cruising to Alaska in the future? Then block out March 21st through 23rd for the Cruising British Columbia & The Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska Seminar! Instructors include Mark Bunzel, owner and publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide; Capt. Linda Lewis, a training skipper and experienced Alaska cruiser; and Mike…

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Cruise to Alaska with Waggoner

Cruise to Alaska with Waggoner Join us on a flotilla cruise to SE Alaska in 2014 For the first time ever, we’re inviting a small group of boats to travel with us from Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK. We’ll plan the routes, worry about the weather, and arrange for unforgettable experiences. Our plan is to…

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NEWS FLASH: Proposed Swinomish Channel Buoyage Change

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing changes to the buoyage in Swinomish Channel. The following excerpt and graphic are from the Local Notice to Mariners 35/13: The USCG is proposing to move the point at which the ATON in the Swinomish Channel change the general direction of marine traffic. In channels such as Swinomish, where…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruise Report: Fall Cruising

Labor Day Weekend The weather this summer has been spectacular, and Labor Day weekend did not disappoint. I had guests visiting from out of town and we hadn’t planned on doing any boating. But with a perfect forecast and a bit of free time, we decided to make a quick overnight trip to the San…

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America’s Cup Racing

Story and Photos by Mark Bunzel America’s Cup racing may be the most exciting event in the boating world. This is especially so with high performance catamarans in the challenging seas of San Francisco Bay. I used to live and sail in the Bay area. I’m no expert, but I understand what they mean when…

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App Review: Nobeltec TimeZero

When people ask me “Which marine navigation app should I buy?” I tell them to start with the charting they are most familiar with. Apps now support Navionics, C-Map, Garmin and others. For loyal users of Nobeltec software on the PC, there was no app solution until now. During the summer Nobeltec released their TimeZero…

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Bob Hale’s 2013 Cruise Report #4

Wrapping up and home from the Broughtons Cruise Report No. 3 focused on Canada Day celebrations in the Broughtons and skipped a few things from late June. Here they are, together with notes from the balance of the cruise. We planned to go north of Vancouver Island this year, to Ocean Falls and Shearwater on…

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Restaurants of the Month: Ganges

When you arrive in a marina town, one of the tough decisions is where to dine. Keeping a crew happy with the right selection is an art. Should you prepare an outstanding meal on the boat after visiting a farmers market, or sample some of the local flavor through their restaurants? In Ganges, it is…

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A Summer Dream Cruise Charter in the Broughtons

Throughout the summer we receive some great cruising blogs we like to share to give our readers ideas for their own cruises or to provide an update on a cruising area. Monty and Margy, from Vancouver, chartered a 43-foot sailboat out of False Creek for 19 days. Monty is an investment advisor and in his…

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Sam Landsman’s Cruising Report: Returning Home

Returning from a summer cruise is always bittersweet. I’m normally ready for a bit more space, showers that don’t require coins, and a fully equipped kitchen. But I quickly miss the camaraderie, solitude, scenery, and wildlife of cruising. Getting to Anacortes from Barkley Sound requires a trip through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a…

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