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October 2023

58Rolex Big Boat Series

As the 2023 Rolex Big Boat Series progressed, the conditions moderated each day from Thursday's typical San Francisco Bay breeze into the 20s with ebb chop to a kinder, gentler wind speed over flood-current-flat water.

64Wrong Way Across the Pacific

Peter Hartmann wasn't looking to set a record when he cast off the lines of his DeRidder 52 sloop Ahaluna from Majuro in the Marshall Islands in early April. He just wanted to get back to Mexico for the next chapter of an amazing personal journey.

68The Arc+ and an Atlantic Crossing

The ARC+ is a new twist on the original route. This itinerary starts in Las Palmas, heads south 800 miles to Mindelo, Cabo Verde, then west 2,300 miles to finish in St. George's, Grenada. The 2022 rally boasted 91 yachts that brought more than 400 crew across the Atlantic to celebrate the journey together.

72Max Ebb: On a Steady Course

I thought I was doing OK at this right up through the end of my watch, when I went to "standby one" status and could relax below. "Standby one" means I had to be geared up and ready to be back up on deck in seconds.

76The Racing Sheet

The Aldo Alessio/Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure, Jazz Cup, Hobie 16 NAs, SSS Half Moon Bay Race and BYC Big Windward Leeward all feature in this edition, plus we travel to Pebble Beach for the Mercury Labor Day Regatta and to Pinecrest Lake for the El Toro 'Worlds'.

87Working the Bugs Out

We are embarking on the voyage of our lives: a trip around Planet Earth. We hope to someday be in the company of such famous names as Drake, Slocum, Laura Decker, Tania Aebi, Jeanne Socrates and Magellan (even though he didn't quite make it all the way).

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