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Christian Beamish

Christian Beamish

Christian Beamish, author of The Voyage of the Cormorant (Patagonia Books, 2012), lives in Santa Barbara County with his wife and daughter.

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Illustration: Ken Perkins

Blood Memory

Jul 18, 2017 July 18, 2017

Excerpted from chapter one of The Voyage of the Cormorant—new edition now available in paperback. A two-week supply of food, water, and gear in dry bags fit neatly in the boat, and I secured my surfboard in a padded bag over the top of my… Read More

Above: A very simple arrangement: The haliyard runs through a hole in the top of the mast and ties off on a cleat—no stays, no fuss. Photo: Dillon Joyce

The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 3

Oct 2, 2014 October 2, 2014

“Check out that fin,” my buddy, Dillon Joyce, said. And there it was, 50 feet off the stern, an unmistakable dorsal, weaving in a slow “S” through the water. Wasn’t the sharp triangle-shape of a whitey, and as we were five- or six-miles out from Santa Cruz Island on… Read More

The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 2

The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 2

Oct 1, 2014 October 1, 2014

When the pintle snapped I felt a moment’s disbelief and then something like panic spark down in my belly. But I tamped that feeling with a long drink of water and a pep talk, noting to myself that I was not injured, that I had plenty of food and… Read More

Above: High-seas selfie, 15-miles into a 27-mile crossing. All photos by Christian Beamish

The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 1

Sep 30, 2014 September 30, 2014

If I’ve learned anything in these recent years of open boat adventuring aboard my 18-footer, Cormorant, it’s that everything is fine until it isn’t. But also, as Yvon says, “The real adventure starts when something goes wrong…” Late July, 2014—Shoving off from Gaviota for the 27-mile crossing to San… Read More

Days of Light – Alaska with the Malloy Bros.

Days of Light – Alaska with the Malloy Bros.

Jul 3, 2013 July 3, 2013

By Christian Beamish You know it’s going to stay light until midnight in Alaska. Everyone knows this. But after three days here it still feels unreal and comes with a psychedelic quality of glowing sunsets that last four hours and never completely fade to night. Then there is the… Read More