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Sea Stories - May 2020


Project Atticus

DIY World Cruising Desiree and Jordan Wicht come from different parts of the globe, but a love for the sea brought them together. They met while crewing on super-yachts in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Southeast Asia, among other locales. Though these adventures brought them closer, they stashed away some money, quit their jobs and bought a 1963 Allied Seawind. They named her Atticus and began an extensive refit. Their YouTube channel, Sailing Project Atticus, follows them from the beginning of their journey (about six years ago) to now. It shows the steps they took to rehab the boat, as well as subsequent cruising journeys. More recently, the couple has been refitting Atticus to sail across the Pacific. 

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Follow the Leader

Waterway Guide has been putting out guidebooks for power and sailing cruisers for more than 70 years. Now, just in time for the summer cruising season, comes the 2020 Northern guide. It covers coastal waters from Cape May, New Jersey, up the Hudson River and northward to the Canadian border. Spiral-bound to lie flat in the cockpit or at the navigation station, the book is broken into geographical sections that include local knowledge about shoaling, aids to navigation, bridge schedules, anchorages and the like. Also included are “Goin’ Ashore” sidebars about restaurants, attractions and more. There are marina listing tables and locator maps, as well as enhanced aerial photography, GPS waypoints, distance charts and tide tables. The heavy-stock, laminated covers with bookmarker flaps ensure the guide won’t end up tattered and torn. ($45, Waterway Guide Media LLC)


Swan Song

Juan E. Corradi has sailed around the globe on his Nautor’s Swan 38 Pirate. He’s done passages from Bermuda to the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and up into the Baltic Sea and Arctic Ocean, among other voyages. His wife, Christina, and a circle of friends come aboard for many of the journeys, which are described with a dose of humor in his book The Voyages of Pirate: 55,000 Miles on a Classic Swan. In addition to long-distance cruising, Pirate enjoyed success in long-distance races, including the Atlantic 500 commemorating Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage, the Newport Bermuda Race and a handful of smaller transatlantic races. During his cruising adventures, Corradi explored rocky outcrops in Scandinavia, traced Homeric myths in Greece, and toured single-malt whiskey distilleries in Scotland. ($25, Seapoint Books)


Maritime Maine

Salts & Water is a six-part podcast series. It covers towns and cities up and down the Maine coast, including Stonington, Eastport, Searsport, Rockland, Bath and Portland. Each episode is 14 to 20 minutes, and covers subjects such as lobsterwomen, a fishmonger, island-hopping aboard a windjammer, boatbuilding history and more. You can find the Salts & Water series in Apple’s podcast app, or online at



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