Voyaging with Velella: Hitched!

By: American Sailing Association, Weather

Continuing the Voyaging with Velella series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Harvey. Meghan and her husband Prescott have been cruising aboard their boat Velella for the past 8 months, and are now taking a honeymoon sail in the San Juan Islands. Sitting here on Velella this morning in the fog, drinking my coffee “blonde and bitter” like usual, and checking the tides to determine our best time of departure, it’s hard to believe that just last weekend we were tying the knot. I mean, THE king of all knots. For weeks leading up to our wedding day, the weather was PERFECT. …

Voyaging with Velella: Entrance Exam

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Social Media, Weather

Continuing the “Voyaging with Velella” series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, her fiance Prescott, and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics. Last week, after over three months living on the lush tropical coast of mainland Mexico, it felt strange to be leaving it for good. We spent a couple of nights sleeping soundly in the gloriously still estuary at San Blas, surrounded by complete peace. The morning of our departure was hazy; the water still as glass, broken only by pelicans. The sails hung like rags and we drifted. Finally, we decided to …

Voyaging with Velella: Daylight Savings

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Social Media, Weather

Continuing the “Voyaging with Velella” series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics. “Dark as night” gets to deeper levels when you’re 50 miles offshore at 3am. The absence of the moon makes the blackness complete, since the stars shed no light, but merely leave a pointillist reminder of what light was like in the sky. I awoke for watch at 2 o’clock this morning; Prescott had been on since 8pm. We’re doing 6-hour night watches this time around, because 4-on, 4-off is just too exhausting on …

Preparing for the Departure of SV Velella

By: American Sailing Association, Equipment, Sailboats, Social Media

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, Meghan Cleary and her fiance´ Prescott are about to embark on a 9-month cruise aboard SV Velella. Oh, and the kitten is going too. Yesterday we, the ASA staff, ducked out a little early to go down to their slip nearby in beautiful Marina del Rey, CA, and wish them well. Here, captured on video, are Meghan and Prescott doing their best to get on Neptune’s good side with champagne. You can spot the rest of us standing around–I’ll let you guess who’s who. Remember, you can always watch these and all our other …