Studying for a USCG License Upgrade

RocinanteMorse Alpha

I’m busy studying for a 500 ton mate’s license as well as a 200 ton master upgrade. I’m knee deep in the cargo handling section right now. There’s alot of information too absorb, most of it about subjects I have no first hand experience with… like the use of the psychrometric chart to avoid damage to cargo. But it’s interesting, … Read More

RocinanteStudying for a USCG License Upgrade

More Checklists and a Video!

RocinanteMorse Alpha

Sailors love checklists! When we first talked about our Boat Check many of you asked for more details. Well – you asked, and we responded….finally! “Boat check” is something that the off-going watch does before they are relieved of their duties. It takes about 15-20 min to do a thorough job. Our watch schedule on our sail training expeditions is usually 6 … Read More

RocinanteMore Checklists and a Video!

Sailing to Bermuda: Weather Planning

RocinanteMorse Alpha

We left Fishing Bay at around 1500. A few hours after we planned, but for good reason. There were some last minute projects to take care of… final installation of the Monitor control lines, pad eyes for better dinghy lashing angles as well as going over sea-cock locations and our new Viking 8 Person Liferaft deployment procedures with our crew. Plus … Read More

RocinanteSailing to Bermuda: Weather Planning

What Scares You While Sailing?

RocinanteMorse Alpha

I had the opportunity to speak on the women sailors panel moderated by Pam Wall at the Chicago Boat Show. A question was asked of the panel, “As a woman, what is it that scares you while sailing?” I was thankful that I was the last to respond to the question. While everyone else shared their answers I wracked my … Read More

RocinanteWhat Scares You While Sailing?