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2017 April 11

Bone up on your knot-tying skills with a few out-of-the-box fun and useful projects

Basics knots, like a bowline or Figure 8, are the foundation of sailboat knots and have been since the beginning of time. These knots are used to terminate control lines, prevent the loss of lines and perform other important tasks. Lesser known “fancy knots,” such as monkey’s fists or different braids, can be useful or just nice to have around from a decorative perspective. Fancy knotwork can be a lifelong pursuit, getting as complex as you like, but there are a few knots that are easy to learn and are still useful. And practicing these less-than-everyday knots can up your knot-tying game. 
2017 April 11

At the top of Lake Huron lie the magical cruising grounds of the North Channel, where wildlife, northern lights and perfect sailing are a trifecta of pleasure

South Benjamin Island is a protected and picturesque anchorage.Sharon Mathews Stevens photo Look at the bear!” someone shouted, pointing through the lifelines of our chartered Jeanneau 49 Summe
2017 April 1

Chris Caswell discovers the delights along Florida’s west coast and Pine Island Sound while trying to stay on the right side of the buoy

It was no dark and stormy night, but the middle of a bright Florida afternoon when I spotted the mystery buoy. It was near our course and I had no idea what it marked, so I brought the engines back to neutral and we drifted while I issued orders. 
2017 March 1

Planning an ocean passage starts with knowing when to go and which way will get you there fastest

The notion of ditching the job and house, buying a boat and sailing away to the tropics, across an ocean, or even around the world, is a fantasy that lurks in the mind of every sailor. Some actually follow their dreams and find a suitable boat and prepare it for serious sailing. Dreams collide with reality when it comes to the daunting task of route planning logistics, literally, “When to sail where?”  Timing the right seasons and prevailing winds for offshore passages with the need to avoid hurricanes and heavy weather requires a bit of forethought. 
2017 March 1

SAILING Magazine Contributing Photographer Sharon Green captures the action of Key West Race Week in her favorite conditions

For 30 years, sailors have escaped the clutches of Old Man Winter by heading south, to the southernmost point in the U.S.—Key West, Florida.
2017 March 1

Get your boat shipshape for the year with our tips for annual maintenance

There is a buzz in boatyards in spring that is almost palpable. Projects put off since fall are suddenly at the top of the priority list. 
2017 March 1

SAILING Magazine Contributing Photographer Sharon Green captures the action of Key West Race Week in her favorite conditions

The TP52 Bronenosec zooms downwind at Key West Race Week.Sharon Green photo For 30 years, sailors have escaped the clutches of Old Man Winter by heading south, to the southernmost point in the U.
2017 March 1

Iceboats race the DN World Championship on Lake Kegonsa, Wisconsin, in January.

Stupid sport” is repeated numerous times throughout the iceboating season, including in my house as the ice reports come in. There is a lot of sitting around, sharpening runners, discussing the weather and waiting for the call to come in. From the DN, the most popular iceboat, with worldwide cult status, to the Nite, a slightly larger boat that can accommodate two cozy people, to the Skeeters and stern-steerers that whiz by at dizzying speeds, iceboating is a unique sport. 
2017 February 1

Flotillas offer support and camaraderie to cruisers, and never more so than when a hurricane is bearing down

 The plan was to sail from Rhode Island’s picturesque Narragansett Bay to Cape Cod’s idyllic islands, but Mother Nature had a different itinerary in mind.
2017 February 1
Every sailor has heard the adage that the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it. Ensuring that the buying part of that equation rings true starts with buying the right boat for your sailing style at the right price. We’re breaking down the process, whether you’re buying new or used, big or small, cruiser, racer or daysailer.Schedule
2017 February 1

A calm approach combined with preparation can help avoid catastrophe at sea

 Most of the time, sailing is probably no more risky than other outdoor pursuits, but when something goes wrong the situation can get very serious very quickly. Any sailor can think of several onboard worst-case scenarios that can be enough to scare you straight to your couch. The secret to dealing with this is to have an idea of what to do when the worst happens but not allow that knowledge to take away from enjoying sailing.Schedule
2017 January 31
Although short in stature, sailing photographer Bob Grieser had a huge presence, one that he was known to announce with his trademark bark, a literal “Woof, Woof!” that could be heard from down the dock or across anchorages. Whether it was the press offices of the America’s Cup or the Los Angeles Times, a Caribbean race’s party tent or local sailors’ watering hole, The Big Dog, as Grieser was known, would bring life to any room. ScheduleScheduleSchedule
2017 January 1

An obsessive refit transforms a Catalina 22 into a showpiece

 Some people say Chip Ford is obsessed.Fourteen years ago, at age 52, the sailor from Marblehead, Massachusetts, bought a 1974 Catalina Mk I for $2,500 because it seemed like an inexpensive way to go daysailing.  ScheduleScheduleSchedule
2017 January 1

An immigrant finds a home in sailing and shares his enthusiasm with at-risk kids

 People sail for many reasons. They spend time on the water to make memories with family and friends, to enjoy leisurely vacation days in far-off ports, to savor the thrill of competition, and even to forge careers. ScheduleSchedule
2017 January 1
Sometimes the best education happens when you’re too busy having fun to notice that you’re learning something. That was the hope behind the American Sailing Association’s Sailing Challenge app, a sailing game for mobile devices, said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s founder. Schedule
2016 December 1

boot Düsseldorf has it all at the world's largest boat and watersports show

boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and watersports show with activities, exhibitors and boats to keep sailors busy for days.Schedule
2016 November 1

Magazine launches new size, design in January 2017

SAILING Magazine, the oldest continually published American magazine dedicated to the sport of sailing, announced today that it will unveil a new design in its January 2017 issue.  A new premiumSchedule
2016 November 1

Husband and wife Steve and Heidi Benjamin have found success racing together aboard their TP52 Spookie

 Successful husband and wife teams are rare in the competitive sailing business. But Heidi and Steve Benjamin, each accomplished sailors in their own right, have found a winning formula racing together for several decades. Intrigued by their success I caught up with the pair in Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, during the recent Etchells World Championship where Steve was racing.Schedule

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