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Charles J. Doane

Charles J. Doane is an active bluewater sailor who has worked as a yachting journalist since 1986. He has logged nearly 100,000 miles sailing offshore, including seven transatlantic passages and a number of singlehanded passages between the West Indies and New England. He has cruised extensively on the U.S. East Coast, in the West Indies, in Spain and Portugal, and in West Africa. His racing credits include runs in the Newport-Bermuda Race, the Fastnet Race, and the Sydney-Hobart Race.


Besides having worked on staff at top U.S. sailing magazines, he is the author of two previous books -- The Modern Cruising Sailboat, a reference work, and The Sea Is Not Full, a memoir. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times and in top international sailing magazines. In previous existences he was an attorney and a daily newspaper reporter.


Though raised all over the world, in venues as various as Texas, Pakistan, and Thailand, he always spent summers on the coast of Maine growing up. He now lives with his family in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and Boston College Law School.

He can be reached via his award-winning blog at

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