Hi there,

For those of you who aren’t my mom and grandma, thanks for stumbling onto this blog. Please allow me to tell you a little about myself and the series of stories you have just found.

I grew up spending every summer aboard my family’s boat, a 33-foot Egg Harbor, which instilled in me a love for being on the water. As a journalist, I have been fortunate enough to be published in Newsday, Boating Times Long Island, Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness and other regional publications. My passion for writing met my love for boats in my current role as the associate editor of Yachting magazine where I author regular features as well as the Currents, and Gear sections.

Shortly after moving to Newport, RI and taking the position with Yachting, I became enamored with the strange vessels that seemed to silently glide across the water just minutes from my home. My sailboat fascination was further fueled by an assignment to sail in a regatta in Barbados (yeah, yeah, tough job I know)

Scouring Craigslist for months would lead me to find a neglected old sailboat nearby that was being sold for “a steal of a price.” Not knowing a thing about sailboats or sailing, I would purchase the boat with the dream of fixing her up and learning how to sail.

This blog tells of the trials and tribulations I have faced since my very first day of boat ownership. I hope you find this to be an educational, humorous and honest look into the world of sailing and boat ownership as seen through the eyes of a rookie.

Thanks so much for stopping in to visit. I hope you enjoy following A Sailing Story.




  1. Dan:

    Not sure if you know, but Jim is moving his shop to Bristol you should stop by and wish him luck, You captured the essence of Jim very well.

    Bob Patterson

    1. Hi Bob,
      Thank you for reading the blog. I was unaware about Jim’s move; I’ll definitely have to pay him a visit soon.


  2. Hi
    I’ve just started to read your blog and I feel so into you guy’s. I find that we share so many simular problems and happenings. I will continue to goble up your reviews, they lighten me. I’ve written a book,
    (not that great) on my expériences from 1997 to 2006. It is not the quantity of stories but more the humain side of loveing and suffering as a couple, as an individual (he or she) and the highs and lows.
    I have read an awful lot on the subject of sailing, repairing and sharing the mariners or sailors life. I abandoned it all (completely) about three years ago. I don’t even read any more. Until I’ve stumbled upon your blog. I hand not many goals left to accomplish. I purchassed (an old cottage and I do mean old) and renovated it to pass my time but my heart still is attracted to every aspect of sailing. I’m 72 now and I have just convinced my youngest so to help me return my last boat (a Cornich Crabber 24) to it’s mooring this coming summer, 2017, so that I can enjoy the sport and every essence of sailing one more time. On this I leave you and thank you so much for permitting me to share your adventures.

    Adventures are measured in feelings not in size.
    Guy G. Lemieux ( Which Way To Starboard).

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