Tuna Wars

July 19, 2017

No, not Iron Chef vs. Gordon Ramsey or any such nonsense; real wars between tuna fishermen in the Straits of Gibraltar and the orcas that come to feed when the tuna are running. Did I mention we were in Spain? We met our friends Teresa and Pablo at Meerlust Las Ballenas, a luxury B&B in […]


Believe it or not, in all the years Steve and I have been together we’ve never gone to Provincetown. He and I had both visited before we met, but never together, and since the whales were making an appearance in Cape Cod Bay we decided we’d do a mid-week mini vacation before the spring yard […]

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Hello Loyal Readers, My latest novel, La Concha de Mar (The Seashell), is the story of Laine Devlin, a brilliant five-star restaurant owning chef who is running from her evil Russian Mob tied husband. She’s all but disappeared from the planet, escaping on a sailboat with little money and nothing but her wits to keep […]


Sailing with engineers is always an interesting experience. I’m watching terns dive for fish and seagulls sitting on channel markers and they’re talking theoretical boat speed. Steve and our friend Bob are both engineers, and while I’m totally engrossed when the conversation is about sail trim and technique, I glaze over when they start with […]


Blue Man. No Group.

May 22, 2015

It’s boating season again, the time we scurry around like worker bees doing all the things we need to do to get the boat into the water so that in a few months we can do all those things in reverse to take her out. Yes, our season is very short. Eventually we’d like to […]


A Day at Sea

November 4, 2014

The captain explained there was a bit of a weather issue that was going to change up the itinerary a bit. Instead of Corsica we’d be heading to Monaco and would head back to Corsica in a couple of days. So our day at sea was… interesting. The captain came on the PA and before […]


The Spanish Islas

November 3, 2014

For years I’d heard about the Balearic Islands, Ibiza, Mallorca and Minorca, mostly from British television because Ibiza was such a U.K. holiday hot spot, and because the pearls Steve got me for my 50th birthday were from Mallorca. The islands were not in my headlights for an autumn vacation, as the draw seemed to […]


The weather is getting cooler and we know Bolero, our sailboat, will have to come out of the water in early October, so we hit the waves for a short jaunt to Hadley Harbor. And waves there were. The winds were 15-20 knots with gusts to 25, so we opted for a jib only voyage, […]


Sailing Makes Me Hungry

August 30, 2014

I’m ashamed to say that our first overnight foray this summer on our sailboat Bolero didn’t take place until the Friday of Labor Day weekend. Every time we thought we had a window of opportunity something happened. No wind and crap weather were high on the list. No wind in the forecast and then having […]


…Is one way to define a boat. We have an older model O’Day sailboat (which is no longer made) named Bolero and while (IMHO) we got a really good deal on her we have certainly paid a fair amount out of pocket to keep her safe and happy. Year one it was to replace the […]