John Kretschmer, a professional sailor and writer, has logged more than 300,000 offshore sailing miles, including twenty transatlantic and two transpacific passages. He is the author of At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting with Mermaids, and Cape Horn to Starboard, all seagoing classics. He is a longtime contributing editor to Sailing magazine, was a sailing/travel columnist for the Miami Herald for ten years, and writes regularly for Southern Boating and Cruising World. He has weathered several storms at sea and teaches aspiring bluewater voyagers in seminars, lectures, and training voyages. John lives in Florida.
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