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The Sailing Scene
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South Pacific Storm Prep
Having set ourselves the task of transforming our recently purchased Open 66 ex-Vendée Globe racer, NV, into a performance family cruiser, my partner, Timo, and I found ourselves (extremely) high and dry as cyclone season approached. The favorite cyc
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Bavaria C38
Following a change of control and reorganization in 2018, Bavaria Yachts, one of Europe’s biggest builders, tapped a new design team and started updating its entire range of boats. The first new “C-Line” Bavaria, the C42, designed by Maurizio Cossutt
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Dufour 470
Annapolis may be the sailing capital of America, but if you looked around the United States Sailboat Show last fall, you would have no choice but to conclude most sailboats are now built in Europe. The Dufour 470 is a good example of a modern French
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Salt Water and Spear Tips
Paperback, 429 pages $20.99 Pegasus Publishers, pegasuspublishers.com It’s hard work keeping old sailing traditions alive. Doing so can also lead to adventures as wild and wooly as those experienced by the sailors who established those traditions in
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Thoughts on Pro Sailing
In SAIL’s June issue, I went on a bit of a tear in the magazine’s “Racecourse” section regarding the current state of the America’s Cup. At the heart of my complaint is 1) the fact of the exorbitant cost of the thing and 2) the way these same costs a
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Find Your Own Adventure
Whether they’re at the end of their collegiate career or after aging out of a summer sailing program, a lot of young sailors have a hard time finding a way to continue sailing as adults. Some of the barriers to sailing, including location, finances a
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The Rig And The Crane-Barge
During the three months my little ship lay in Belfast, Maine, I had three friends. The first was a schooner bum I’d met sailing in Florida who now worked for the shipyard next door to where I had just bought my boat, Teal, a 1963 Tripp 29, sight unse
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Anchoring Instincts
In 2015, our friends Lee & Rachel Cumberland were onboard their Tayana 37, Satori, tied to a mooring buoy in a Bahamian anchorage when a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through. The rare weather phenomenon known as a “derecho” wreaked havoc throu
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A Beetle Cat Story
Growing up, sailing was always part of my life. This did not happen by chance, but rather was the result of generations before me having made sailing and sailboat racing part of normal activities. I was never told I had to go sailing; it was just par
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Hawaiian Island Hop
We didn’t get off on the right foot sailing into Hawaii. It was our own fault, of course. We should have known better. It’s never a good idea to assume that just because procedures were a certain way one year, they will be the same the next. It was a
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Gear
More and more, "smart" systems are becoming the norm on boats. Case in point, the Smart-Hatch, which swaps out the hinge and handles of a conventional boat hatch with an automated hinge and handles. Integral to the Smart-Hatch’s functionality is a se
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A Little Bit of Everything
Given the fact it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars for a new boat (not to mention docking, winter storage, maintenance) it’s should come as no surprise that lots of owners want a boat that can do it all. Monohull sailors, in particular, tend to
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Letters
Interesting article in the June SAIL magazine (A Sad Day for Auckland, June). The “Cup” has become what has happened in Formula One GP racing, too expensive, over designing and exorbitant salaries to the drivers. They forget the fans pay to see good
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Beneteau Oceanis 34.1
These days, when boats are selling like hotcakes, it may be tempting to sit back and ease up on the innovation process. After all, why spend R&D money developing something new when it’s easy to sell what already exists? Thankfully, Beneteau has chose
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To Boldly Go with Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson could have become just another financial type on Wall Street, which would have been surprising enough in itself for a Brit who grew up in the London suburbs, reading Science Fiction books on smoke-filled commuter trains. From an early
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Indomitable-and Kind
I met Captain Sarah Schelbert back in 2019 while on the boat trip from hell aboard a seaworthy but poorly run Triton 28 in the western Caribbean. I was trying to help the owner sail his boat back to Florida from the Rio Dulce, in Guatemala. Outbound
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US Sailing Strikes Gold in Hyeres
After being skunked or nearly skunked at multiple Olympiads, could the US Sailing Team (USST) now under the direction of Olympic veteran Paul Cayard, be finally turning it around? If its performance at the 53rd French Olympic Week regatta in Hyères,
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International Multihull Show
Every boat show now includes a selection of multihulls, as this once niche part of the market is now not only firmly mainstream but continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. Nonetheless, there remains an exhibition that stands out from the rest—the Int
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Ultims to Race Solo Around the World
For years now, maxi-trimarans, both solo-sailed and fully crewed, have been racing the clock on their own around the world in an eff ort to set ever faster records for the world’s fastest circumnavigation under sail. Back in 2000-01 there was also a
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Up the Mast
I gazed aft over Hazel James’ port quarter and patted her well-travelled 31ft hull. “It’s time to sail, girl. We’ve got a long way to go,” I said. As the Virgin Islands sank below the horizon, my thoughts were filled with Caribbean memories, a curiou
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Cruising Tips
I’ve sailed with some diabolical mainsheet travelers, some of them on surprisingly highend yachts. Many are so badly thought out the tackles can’t be adjusted once the weight is on. Others need some poor sap to lie on the cockpit sole to flip the wor
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Gear
Gill has released a pair of new foam life jackets that will be ideal for dinghy sailors, youth programs and a host of other uses. Both are Coast Guard approved, with one having a front zip (ideal for kids) and the other having a side zip (making it a
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Summer Sailing Programs
Every year, countless parents find themselves navigating the do’s and don’ts of enrolling their children in a summer learn-to-sail program for the first time. While the prospect of getting your kid on the water is exciting, as a sailing camp program
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Ides of March
While many sailors are said to be superstitious, I never had any qualms about casting off lines on a Friday or hanging a large stalk of Jamaican bananas from the mizzen. Nor did I see any cause for concern heading out on “The Ides of March” for a qui
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Air Apparent-and a New Column
There are two kinds of airplane passengers, those who look out the window—especially when taking off and landing—and those who don’t. As a member of the former group, I never grow weary of looking down on the almost magical tapestry the world inevita
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Saffier SE 27 Leisure
As a former dinghy racer, I can be hard to please when it comes to “bigger boats.” And while the 27ft Saffier SE 27 Leisure is hardly “big,” I’m always skeptical the freedom and performance that made me fall in love with sailing will still be there i
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PRESIDENT GARY DE SANCTIS PRINCIPAL EDITOR ADAM CORT MANAGING EDITOR LYDIA MULLAN WEB EDITOR EMME HURLEY EDITORIAL INTERN MEGAN MCSWEENEY TECHNICAL EDITOR JAY E. PARIS ELECTRONICS EDITOR BEN ELLISON CHARTER EDITOR ZUZANA PROCHAZKA CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
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The Future's Electric
As electric cars become mainstream it’s only natural for sailors and boatbuilders to eye solutions that work the same way on the water. To date, only 2 percent of boats worldwide are powered by electric or hybrid propulsion, but e-mobility is expecte
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