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2019 August 1

Cruising the remote Pacific coast of western Panama means sailing off the grid into the arms of nature in the company of humpback whales

My husband Neil and I left Mexico in March aboard our Liberty 458 Distant Drummer with a plan to spend the rest of the year on a leisurely voyage down the Pacific coast of Central America. After enjoy
2019 July 1

Hungarian-American sailor Istvan Kopar spent 263 days sailing the Golden Globe Race dealing with broken gear, contaminated water and maybe some bad luck, but battled to place fourth place out of 18 entrants

Istvan Kopar had just returned to his Florida home after spending nearly 263 days sailing around the world in the Golden Globe Race and he was facing his toughest challenge yet: returning to life on lSchedule
2019 June 1

Genevieve Evans didn’t set out to own two sailing schools more than 3,000 miles apart, but now her students and instructors find places to learn year round

It’s not uncommon for committed sailors to decide to share their love of the sport by teaching others to sail. But it is remarkable for a sailor to jump into sailing education by founding two school
2019 June 1

A big-boat cruising sailor heads to St. Thomas and the North U clinic to learn the racing ropes

The forecast was for 83 degrees with a 12-knot wind. The water was a stunning aqua blue off the St. Thomas Yacht Club on Cowpet Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, the site of North U’s midwinter racing clini
2019 June 1

Warrior Sailing military veterans came to Charleston Race Week not only to race but to help heal from the aftereffects of war

In April, Sperry Charleston Race Week drew its second largest ever fleet, with more than 250 entries from across the U.S. and overseas. In the void created by the defunct Key West Race Week, Charlesto
2019 May 1
Who says you need a big boat for a big adventure? Self-sufficient sailors have long turned to sturdy little crafts for passages in challenging waters from lakes to oceans. Not only are small boats sim
2019 April 1

A carefree cruise provided plenty of opportunities to let the wind be the decision-maker for these warm-water seekers

With the summer of scow racing a distant memory, a sailing adventure was exactly what my husband Matt and I needed to escape a brutal Midwest winter. Our destination had to meet several criteria: have
2019 April 1

Team USA faces a learning curve on its way to the foiling circuit’s stop in the States

Team USA finished a disappointing last in the February debut of the high-octane SailGP series that treated spectators in Australia’s Sydney Harbour to two days of high-speed foiling amid light winds
2019 March 1

One of the scariest legs of a journey halfway across the world turns out to be a section of the Caribbean Sea, where monster waves, big winds and current combine for a wild ride

I saw the wave coming, just ahead and to windward. As we approached I noticed an unusually deep trough opening between the second wave in the train and the first. The seas and wind had been build
2019 March 1

Work on your boat now so you can spend the season sailing, not fixing

 Regardless of where you sail, odds are the off season was challenging. From the polar vortex to record cold and heaps of snow, the weather has sailors even more excited than usual to hit the wat
2019 February 7

The islands decimated by two record hurricanes in 2017 are a little worse for wear, but fully back in action for the winter sailing season

It has been a year and a half since Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, barreled over parts of the Caribbean, leaving a wake of destruction in its path in September 2
2019 February 1

The Golden Rock Regatta’s mix of shoreside fun with casual racing brings sailors back to the Leewards year after year

I have enjoyed a lot of different sailing events, from local regattas to glamorous destinations. Each had its own appeal, but once I’ve been there, done that,  I rarely return because there are new places to explore. But I made an exception for the Golden Rock Regatta, a little-known Caribbean series that is held in November, featuring long-distance races to a smattering of islands: St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, St. Barths and Anguilla. Exhilarating stretches of racing during the day are followed by nightly raft-ups and casual parties. It perfectly combines the thrill of racing with the adventure of exploring a different piece of paradise each night, which has given me the opportunity to forge friendships with other “Rockers” over the years.
2019 February 1

For hardy sailors, the racing season really gets going—and going fast—when freezing temperatures create the perfect iceboating conditions

J.H. Peterson photoPlunging temperatures, bitterly cold winds and rock-hard waterways. Just right for sailing …  that is, if you’ve got a serious need for speed and don’t mind the windburn.
2019 January 1

A pair of friends chase a dream and undertake a two-year restoration of a classic Bluenose sloop

The allure of a Bluenose was always there. We had both owned or sailed a variety of boats in our home waters in the Finger Lakes region of New York and in the British Virgin Islands, everything from L
2019 January 1

By the end of her first sail, Natalie Smith knew she loved sailing and didn’t waste time jumping in with both feet

Mears Point Marina in Grasonville, Maryland, on the Chesapeake’s Eastern Shore is a friendly place, particularly on O-dock, where David and Penny Renoll keep the boats they use in their charter and
2018 November 19

When a massive storm left boats in a solo around-the-world-race crippled and one sailor injured, the world watched a race to rescue

The message send via satellite test was gut wrenching. “Rolled. Dismasted. Severe back injury. Cannot get up.” That was the last message received from 39-year-old Indian solo sailor Abhilash Tom
2018 November 1

SAILING editors pick great gifts for the sailor in your life

 Serious sailors need serious knives, and Spyderco’s Salt Series of knives fits the bill. This sheepfoot-blade one-handed folding knife is impervious to rust and incredibly light with a nonslip
2018 October 12
The death of a sailor who drowned when his life jacket did not inflate during the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac July 21 is being investigated by a committee overseen by the yacht club.

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