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Letters
Here is a slightly different perspective on the “Right to Anchor” controversy (Waterlines, May). What about the “Right to Fish?” Does anyone with a boat have the right to fish in a crowded marina? Yesterday, while returning to my slip I encountered a
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Electrifying Betty Jane
Quiet. Th at’s what you hear as you back away from the mooring. No chug, chug, chug from the diesel as water cascades out of the exhaust. Just a slight whirring as the boat smoothly glides in reverse. A twist of the throttle and the boat moves forwar
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Ayme Sinclair Talks Diversity and Equality on Sail's New Podcast
In recent months, US Sailing, like many organizations, has been taking a closer look at diversity to ensure it’s doing the best job it can of introducing people from all backgrounds and ethnicities to the sport. As part of this effort, this past summ
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Ask Sail
BRIAN HANCOCK IS A SAILMAKER, WHITBREAD RACE VETERAN AND CREATOR OF GREATCIRCLESAILS.COM NIGEL CALDER IS AN AUTHOR AND EXPERT ON BOAT SYSTEMS AND DIESEL ENGINES GORDON WEST IS AN ELECTRONICS EXPERT WHO SPECIALIZES IN RADIO COMMUNICATIONS DON CASEY HA
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Former SAIL Editor Resued at Sea
In late August, SAIL’s former editor-in-chief, Peter Nielsen, was rescued by a Chinese fishing boat after the catamaran he was crewing aboard struck a whale. According to Nielsen, the boat, One Tree Island, a newly refitted Chris White-designed Atlan
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A Brief History of Chartering
Watching a tropical sunset from the deck of a sailboat that’s yours for the week may be a common pastime today, but the bareboat charter industry wasn’t always a thing. Only just over 50 years old, the charter business came from an unlikely place and
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Book Review: Sailing into Oblivion
Jerome Rand $15.99, available through Amazon As refreshing and inspiring as Jerome Rand’s 2017-18 solo-circumnavigation may have been, his account of the voyage in the book Sailing Into Oblivion: The Solo Non-Stop Voyage of the Mighty Sparrow may be
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The Wonders I’ve Seen
I cannot say I have been reading SAIL magazine since the very beginning, but I come pretty darned close. Sometime around 1974, when I was in high school, I began buying it every month at our local newsstand and saving every issue until I had great st
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At the Helm
Our Nautor’s Swan 59, Icebear, was as close to Bermuda as we were going to get on our passage south to the BVI from the Chesapeake. When we left the bay, I’d had no intention of stopping until we made landfall in Tortola. Then the bilge started filli
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Cruising Tips
Any sailor’s natural mindset is to steer straight along the shortest distance between two points. In heavy beam seas, though, this can be uncomfortable or even dangerous. When the course puts you more or less side-on to a steep sea, the boat is class
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Vendée Globe 2020-21
Despite this year’s myriad cancellations and postponements, the show will go on for the IMOCA 60 class. The Vendee Globe is scheduled to move ahead as planned, with sailors setting out from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, November 8. The Vendee Globe—a
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Gear
Many of us love sailing with our dogs, but what's the best way to keep them safe out on the water? Same thing as with people—they need to wear a PFD! With this in mind, Baydog has created a line of offshore life jackets for dogs that is specifically
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A Southern Ocean Mystery
Areefed main and full poled-out Yankee pulled our 56ft, aluminum-hulled cutter, Seal, toward Antarctica. My husband, Hamish, and I were halfway across the Drake Passage, with four charter guests and our two young children onboard. We had 17 knots of
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Chartering Again for the First Time
It’s been a rocky road of late for the charter industry, especially here in the Western Hemisphere. First came hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean followed by Dorian in the Bahamas. There has also, of course, been the coronavirus, which burst
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Charter Advice for First-Timers
Never chartered? No worries. A vacation under sail can be the most memorable time of your life. That said, it also pays to be prepared by doing some reading, building your skills and listening to what the experts say. First and foremost, not all char
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Your First Day on Charter
A charter isn’t like most other vacations. It takes a good deal of pre-arrival strategizing and loads of onsite tactical execution if it’s to be a success. Because so much happens before you even untie the dock lines, the first day, in particular, ca
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The Journey Is The Destination
Steady breezes, clear blue water and plentiful bays where you can grab both a mooring and a good rum punch—the U.S. Virgin Islands are heaven on Earth for sailors of all stripes. They’re also the perfect place to get kids hooked on cruising, as our f
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Picking Up With SAIL’s 50th
Suffice it to say, 2020 has not gone the way any of us expected. Plans, hopes, shattered dreams—even as we’ve all collectively done our best to keep moving, there’s no denying the many things that have been lost, left by the wayside or put on hold. F
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The Way We Were
Here in the second decade of the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine just how important the America’s Cup once was. Before the advent of such events as the Whitbread race (now The Ocean Race) and the Vendée Globe, the Cup was the world’s premiere sail
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WORLD’S LEADING SAILING MAGAZINE PRINCIPAL EDITOR ADAM CORT MANAGING EDITOR LYDIA MULLAN WEB EDITOR EMME HURLEY CRUISING EDITOR CHARLES J. DOANE TECHNICAL EDITOR JAY E. PARIS ELECTRONICS EDITOR BEN ELLISON CHARTER EDITOR ZUZANA PROCHAZKA CONTRIBUTING
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Best Boats
Thanks to Covid-19, 2020 has been a year like no other. Human nature being what it is, though, sailors and the boatbuilding industry have continued doing what they love and know best. In fact, boat sales have been strong across the board as mariners
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The SAILING SCENE
Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? Share your experiences with other readers. Send your photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website sailmagazine.c
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Installing a New Headsail Furler
So accustomed are today’s sailors to being able to furl their headsails that we oft en forget what it was like before this technology became so widespread—aboard cruising boats, in particular. A few years ago, though, the furler on my Tayana 42 bit t
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Jeanneau SF 3300
Though best known for its cruising boats, Jeanneau has long kept a hand in competitive racing with its Sun Fast line. The newest of these French-built speedsters is the Sun Fast 3300, which takes the place of the long-lived 3200. A collaboration betw
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Catalina 545
Catalina has long been the largest All-American family cruiser company, building what sailors might call “standard” boats. Moving up from the popular 30ft to 45ft sizes puts the company into “yacht” territory, and the new Catalina 545, winner of the
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Rodgers YS-X-Yachts
The all new X4D will be the smallest model in the pure X range; blending quality, performance and styling with cruising capability. Hot out of the X-Yachts Design Office comes the X4?, a forty-foot performance cruising yacht that is just as capable f
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The Class of 2021
Ever since joining forces with catamaran builder Fountaine-Pajot, Dufour has been on a roll, bringing out a number of new designs in quick succession. Among these is the Dufour 530, which made its debut this past winter at Germany’s Düsseldorf boat s
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Bali 5.4
In the few years since the Bali brand appeared as an offshoot of the Catana line of catamarans, it has grown rapidly. The original models are popular bareboat charter vessels in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and the new Bali 5.4, the largest o
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Neel Trimarans
NEEL-TRIMARANS.COM NNEEL-TRIMARANS, of La Rochelle, France, designs and builds trimarans, offering a new and unique concept for multihull cruising. Combining the best of the monohull world with the best of the catamaran world, NEEL-TRIMARANS Tri’s ha
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Editor’s Note
Among the many fascinating things about sailing is the way it combines cutting-edge technology with a means of propulsion as old as history itself. Think of a typical sailboat rig. On the one hand you have sails, a technology with roots reaching back
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