John Kretschmer: Sailing through the wilderness

Author, expeditioner and sailing guru John Kretschmer has circumnavigated the world several times in various vessels. He’s survived challenging ocean crossings, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, and an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize

Growing Up in Antarctica—But Now It's Time to leave

Dion Poncet came of age in a place almost no one calls home. He was born on a sailboat in Leith Harbour, an abandoned whaling station on South Georgia island. His father, a French adventurer, had met his mother, an Australian zoologist, on a jetty in Tasmania while sailing his boat around the world. The couple started a family in the South Atlantic. For years they traversed the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, surveying wildlife in uncharted bays—seals, flowering plants, seabirds—with three boys in tow. Dion was the first. Read the full article “The Big Meltdown” featured in National Geographic magazine’s November issue.

Do it now: Sailing

From round-the-world races to charting a yacht with a chipper skipper, there are plenty of ways for beginners to sail the ocean blue

Austria's top athletes

Meet two of Austria’s best-known sportsmen, conquering everything from peaks to lakes

Real life: Sailing holidays

Drop anchor and sail the open seas. How turning skipper for a week and heading out on a water-bound experience can make the trip of a lifetime

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