Harold Ochstein

Couples Cruising Class in Annapolis

Margie and I will be helping Captain Jean and Captain Jeff with the Couples Cruising Seminar in Annapolis October 9. It will be a great way to learn more about cruising from a group of very experienced sailors; The goal of the Couples Cruising Seminar is to give you the tools and perspectives you need as a […]

Meet us in Annapolis at the Sailboat Show

Margie and I will be at the ASA  booth at the US sailboat show on Thursday Oct 7 from 2-4 and Friday Oct 8 from 12-2. we look forward to seeing you there.

Should Couples Take Sailing Classes Together?

I was reading a comment on a sailing discussion board; “I (and others) would recommend that couples who attend sailing schools be split up (different boats, or different times), so each person gains the self-confidence that comes with dealing with the various situations by themselves instead of deferring to the dominant partner.” Self-confidence is critical, but […]

Stingray on a Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine sanctuary

Couples Diving Trips

We have learned a lot from watching Holley and Denny’s teaching style and been able to apply it to our own couples educational sailing trips. the dynamic of having two instructors teaching a couple, giving different perspectives, allows you to learn in a way that will help you retain it better than with a single teaching style. A positive learning experience with your partner can add a new level to your relationship

Clear water at Hens & Chickens Reef

Eco Adventure Sailing Pictures

Jay Brittian sent me these pictures of their scout troops sailing trip with Margie and I. Their Eco Adventure included Everglades National park along with snorkeling the reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. You can tell he is a wonderful professional photographer, thanks for sharing.

Sailing in John Pennekamp Park

Sailboats and Mangroves

When you think of sailing it’s open waters and a unlimited horizon but some of the joys of cruising are the chance to see what the natural world has to offer. We were recently exploring John Pennekamp Park with another couple that was working on there  Bareboat Chartering Certification and passed though the fascinating area  below.  The Mangroves […]

Morning Dance on an Eco Adventure trip

Eco Adventure Sailing with the Boy Scouts

We have had a very busy spring and early summer, we just finished our 6th Eco Adventure trip with the Scouts. Captain Margie is running Island Dreamer and I am at the helm of Morning Dance, our 2 Morgan Out Island 41′ sailboats. We take 6 Scouts per boat along with 2 3-person Kayaks. Our wonderful Eco […]

Sailing, why we do it, not how to do it

I am paraphrasing from the cover of a recent Latt’s & Att’s I saw on a magazine  rack. It’s a tough question, somehow, even though it seems like it should be obvious.  Sailing along on a broad reach yesterday, temps about 75-80, sun shining, watching the bottom slide by in 10 feet of crystal clear water was […]

Baby, It Was Cold Outside

It sure was nice to look at the 5 day prediction for Miami and see our normal weather for this time of year return. High’s of 80 and lows of 65 are much better than the chilly (Coldest 6 day stretch in Key west since they started keeping records in 1876) past couple of weeks. […]