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2019 October 1 - 12:00 am

This young Aussie couple is funding living aboard and sailing the world through crowdfunded videos

Most famous sailors have a laundry list of accomplishments and a room full of trophies. Elayna Carausa, 26, and Riley Whitelum, 35, have none of that. What they do have is the largest following of any
Technique
2019 September 1 - 12:00 am

Fine-tune your charter to your liking to create the ultimate sailor’s vacation

The charter business was born 50 years ago in the British Virgin Islands with six 35-foot sailboats and a dream by Charlie and Ginny Cary to help people go sailing in one of the best cruising grounds
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2019 July 1 - 12:00 am

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
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2019 June 1 - 12:00 am

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
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2019 January 1 - 12:00 am

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
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2018 November 19 - 12:00 am

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
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2018 October 12 - 12:00 am
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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2018 October 1 - 12:00 am
 One of the largest North Sails lofts in the country has a new home in the heart of freshwater sailing country.A new Detroit-area North Sails loft is open in Warren, Michigan, and will serve the area from Rochester, New York, down the American side of the Great Lakes, as far west as the Michigan-Indiana border. 
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2018 September 1 - 12:00 am

The Sail Like a Girl team celebrates a Race to Alaska win, the first time a monohull has won the race. Race to Alaska photo

They had traveled 750 miles by sea, convinced themselves that they had blown their lead when they had to stop to deal with a log jammed under the boat and worked their legs as much as their brains and yet, as the team of seven woman approached the finish to what is one of the most unusual and captivating races in the world, they damn near missed it.
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2018 January 1 - 12:00 am

Hurricane-ravaged schools and charter companies are getting back on their feet, with a little help from friends

As the worst hurricane season in decades ravaged the Caribbean, Texas and Florida,  marine businesses immediately sprung to action to assess the damage and get back on their feet in hopes of still being able to capitalize on the lucrative high season just months away. 
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2018 January 1 - 12:00 am

Famed lensman Onne van der Wal set a deadline for the mostly DIY refit of a classic cruiser fit for the family

It was 40 degrees in the Pearson 36 Onne van der Wal had propped up on jackstands next to his house some nights. Although the boat, which was undergoing a mostly DIY refit, was heated, snow would pile up on its cover, making any project a bone-chilling affair. 
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2017 October 1 - 12:00 am

Some of the world’s most beloved cruising grounds hammered by hurricanes are fighting their way back to welcome cruisers

When the one-two punch of hurricanes Irma and Maria stormed through part of the Caribbean in early fall the destruction left in their wakes was unlike any seen there in recent history. Boats were over
Splashes
2017 August 8 - 12:00 am
Mark Wheeler knew that staying calm was key. That’s easier said than done when you’re in 65-degree Lake Michigan with a storm on the horizon, building seas and you’ve just watched the boat you fell off of sail away at 18 knots.
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2017 May 1 - 12:00 am
There is a widely held belief among sailors that the secret to getting more people into the sport is to get them on the water. Rob James, owner of Kingdom Yachts Sailing Club, an American Sailing Association school in Atlanta, Georgia, thinks the key is to get them in a boat, but not necessarily one that’s on the water.
Technique
2017 February 1 - 12:00 am

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
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2017 January 1 - 12:00 am
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
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2016 October 1 - 12:00 am
It’s hard to imagine a better place to be introduced to sailing than a Caribbean island, where the water is warm and the sun is always shining. And that’s exactly where more and more people are getting a taste for the sport thanks to a partnership between the American Sailing Association and Sandals and Beaches resorts. 
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2016 August 3 - 12:00 am

A wild Chicago-Mackinac race leads to a dramatic rescue moments before the 1D48 WhoDo sinks in the Manitou Passage

On the second afternoon of a Chicago-Mackinac race that would be remembered as one of the fastest in years, most of the 326-boat fleet was charging up Lake Michigan in a 20- to 25-knot southerly breeze with chutes full and a building sea pushing down waves. The 10 sailors on the 1D48 WhoDo were enjoying their own rollicking ride as they entered the Manitou Passage about two-thirds of the way up the course when a gust buried the boat’s bow knocking it down and causing it to round up only to get knocked down on the other side. 

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