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BOOK REVIEW

GREEN GHOST,
BLUE OCEAN
NO FIXED ADDRESS

Story | Katherine Stone

" A Sailing Adventure Across 40,000
Nautical Miles " over a 17-year span,
chronicles the adventures of Jennifer
Smith and her husband Alex Nikolajevich
(Nik) after they have sold their car in
Vancouver and backed their boat out of

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Coal Harbour. They had willfully severed
their land life - was it reckless? Did they
know what they were in for? With seasickness overcoming Nik just three days
into their dream, all Jennifer wanted to do
was to " undo all of this.... To reverse the
hundreds of decisions we'd made that had
brought us here to this heaving patch of
ocean to these towering seas, to the forty-knot winds rushing us south. " They
hadn't left the coast yet and were enduring a 7-day trip to San Francisco with gale
force winds which was not predicted.
As a child, Jennifer had grown up with
the legacy of adventurers and travellers
who had left their steamer trunks in the
basement. She loved the idea of simplifying life down to the contents of a trunk.
The corporate world, to which they both
belonged, was a rat race of making more
money to buy more things, but no TIME
to enjoy them. The only solution was to
earn enough money to quit their jobs,
sell everything, buy the 42' boat to sail to
Australia and then figure it out from there.
The only glitch was that Nik loved the
cruising lifestyle, but didn't like going to sea.

CANADIAN YACHTING | DECEMBER 2020

These first crucial steps were essential
to learn how to be a cruiser:
* Always give assistance when asked,
as sometime later you will need
assistance.
* When someone comes alongside in
a dinghy, invite them aboard and offer
them refreshment.
* Everyone you meet will be a stranger,
but you will form bonds that will last a
lifetime.
* Find out if entertaining guests offshore is a good idea - entertaining them
onshore is easy.
Everything consists of " getting ready " ,
which was exhausting, to finally " go " .
However, what they found out is that you
are always in a tiring state of " getting
ready " because of maintenance, mechanical failures, or system improvements...
and then you had to cross an expanse of
blue water. The drill is always the same;
official paperwork for arrival at a new
destination, maintenance, fuel, water, purchasing and storing food, wait for the right



Canadian Yachting December 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting December 2020

AT THE HELM: A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
BOOK REVIEW: GREEN GHOST, BLUE OCEAN
SPECIAL FEATURE: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
TRAVEL DESTINATION: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN PART II
SAIL REVIEW: JEANNEAU YACHTS 60
POWER REVIEW: CRUISERS YACHTS 42 GLS
THE PORT HOLE: DECEMBER 2020
ELECTRONICS: THE LATEST IN NEW MARINE ELECTRONICS
DESTINATION: TRENT-SEVERN: THE GREAT CANADIAN WATERWAY
CROSSING THE LINE: THE DOCKMASTER’S NOTEBOOK
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 3
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - AT THE HELM: A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 6
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 7
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: GREEN GHOST, BLUE OCEAN
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 9
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 13
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 14
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 15
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN PART II
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 18
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 20
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 21
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: JEANNEAU YACHTS 60
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - POWER REVIEW: CRUISERS YACHTS 42 GLS
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: DECEMBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - ELECTRONICS: THE LATEST IN NEW MARINE ELECTRONICS
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - DESTINATION: TRENT-SEVERN: THE GREAT CANADIAN WATERWAY
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - CROSSING THE LINE: THE DOCKMASTER’S NOTEBOOK
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