Journal

Have just returned from a glorious week sailing around New England (or part of it anyway). This trip was on my wish list for a long time, and it was definitely worth the wait. 9 friends, 7 days, 5 moorings, 2 sailboats...

The striped sailor shirt has an illustrious 160 year history. The original navy and white pattern was designed for French sailors - the pattern would help rescuers more easily spot a sailor who fell overboard. The 1858 "Act of France" made the shirt the official...

What better way to end your week than with a Dark 'n Stormy in the company of sailors? Join us this Friday, July 10 in Brooklyn for an evening of sailor talk, cocktails, and to see the full line of 12° West's new women's sailing fashion. Proper Dark...

Who doesn't appreciate the craftmanship of classic wooden boats? We do, for sure, so we're excited to be exhibiting at this weekend's Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, CT. It takes place in the historic Mystic Seaport and there are tons of activities for all ages. You can watch...

It's Father's Day, and I'm thinking about my dad. He's been gone a few years now, but I still miss him every day. My father wasn't a sailor, and we only sailed together once, but it's when I'm sailing that I feel his presence most. I...

This has been a good week for women's sailing. Last weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the National Women's Sailing Association's annual conference, Take the Helm. 100+ women gathered to tune up their sailing knowledge and skills. Then this week, the all-female Team SCA won...

Last weekend I was in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race's Newport Stopover. Wow. Newport, you really put on a show. Huge kudos to Sail Newport and all the partners, sponsors and volunteers that made it a fantastic experience. The City of Newport really pulled out all the stops....

I love Newport, RI. It's a sailor's town. I'm in town for a few days to catch the start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and I'm absolutely soaking it up. I had forgotten how great it is to be in the company of...

In the infamous words of Hillary Clinton, it takes a village to raise a child. I've found this is also true for starting a new company. And last weekend I learned that it takes a village (of sailors!) to have a successful boat show. On April...

Like many in the sailing world, I've been engrossed in the progress of the Volvo Ocean Race. When the boats are at sea, I check the tracker more than I care to admit. This week I watched the live arrivals in Brazil as the boats...