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Reefing, by and large

When do you reef? How should you reef? What are some excellent ways to screw it up? A few thoughts from Jamie (filtered through fun with salty sayings and his fondness for puns). Many witty phrases stem from seafaring and sailing ships of yore. It’s a wonder that so few truly help while sailing. Three […]

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Best sails for downwind cruising: reader questions

What do you want to know about downwind sails? It turns out, more than we expected! Last month’s post on the best sails for downwind cruising was an answer for a friend, but it prompted other questions in responses- here on the blog and on Totem’s Facebook page. Jamie has many years of experience as a […]

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The best sails for downwind cruising

What’s the difference between a drifter, a gennaker, a code zero, and a screecher? Where does a spinnaker fit in? And if you’re a cruiser, what sail should you use for downwind sailing, anyway? There is no single “best,” because everything on a boat is a compromise, and individual styles/needs vary, but we have some […]

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Summer Sailstice: celebrating twice on Totem!

Happy solstice- now, go sailing! This Saturday, June 22, is Summer Sailstice– a worldwide celebration of sailing held on the weekend closest to solstice each June. On Totem, we observe solstice and are passionate about sailing, so what serendipity to bring them together as we return from our 3 year foray to the southern hemisphere! The event […]

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More action in La Cruz

Mexican marine toting a big gun, watching Alchemy coming in from racing in the Governor’s Cup (opening race of the MEXORC series, here in Banderas Bay). Some seriously enhanced security in the marina and in town today- President Felipe Calderon made an appearance. Lots of helicoptering and large automatic weapons being bandied about.

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Racing again!

Scenes from the RegattaOriginally uploaded by behang Jamie has a long history of racing sailboats- and it factors big in our personal history (we met racing on a J-35, 20+ years ago). So it was with great delight that we accepted the request of our friends on s/v Kenta Anae to crew with them for […]

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