Voyaging with Velella: The Sea Monster

By: American Sailing Association

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. I blame Robin Graham for this. And Tania Abei too. Their descriptions of kitten-companions aboard their circumnavigating sailboats tore at my heart until I became obsessed with the idea of having a boat kitten too. “But it doesn’t seem like the right environment for a cat.” “How are you going to make sure she doesn’t fall in?” “You know, cats HATE water.” Given the severe overpopulation of homeless cats and kittens in …

December Photo of the Month: “Animals Onboard”

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

In our search for the December Photo of the Month (theme: “Animals Onboard”) we encountered hitch-hiking egrets and feral minks, stuffed bilge rats, and some unlucky fish who found themselves above water. More than anything, we learned that the world has a lot of sailing dogs. (Seadogs?) One photo emerged as the favorite of our Facebook fans. This eager pair is waiting for Mom & Dad to come home from shopping (and wearing their life jackets) in Salt Springs, B.C. Congratulations to Mary Jayne Stevens, who submitted this photo, which will be published in the December ASA E-Newsletter! Runner-up went …