“You know, this boat would be great to sail in the Pacific Cup” said Andy in his distinctive Swiss accent. It was a rare sunny day in February of ‘96 and we were out on San Francisco Bay on a “social sail” with him and his wife Cathy, who managed the Sausalito West Marine store. [...]
Mention the Straits of Malacca to almost any sailor, and the first thing they are likely to say is “pirates!” This busy shipping lane certainly has a long-standing reputation as one of the world’s piracy hot spots, and rightfully so. But in recent years, apparently due to increased police patrols resulting from the cooperation of [...]
Singapore, old and new.
The twenty-mile trip across the Singapore Strait was a welcomed culture shock for us. Indonesia to the south, where we had spent the past two months, is about as third world as it gets, beautiful but impossible. Singapore, on the other hand, is the complete opposite, up to the minute and the [...]