Sailing Magazine - Features http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-116-1-features.html Mon, 18 Jun 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 How to be a better sailor - The best thing about sailing is that there’s always more to be learned. Here are some ideas to start you on your way. http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1987-how-to-be-a-better-sailor.html How to be a better sailor - The best thing about sailing is that there’s always more to be learned. Here are some ideas to start you on your way.
Take a classLenny Shabes photo If you already sail, you might think that your ship has sailed as far as classes go. But learn-to-sail classes are just the tip of the iceberg. Most sailing schools...]]>
Going old school - The Golden Globe Race is taking solo sailors nonstop around the world using the same technology that was available when Robin Knox-Johnston sailed the first one in 1968 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1988-going-old-school.html Going old school - The Golden Globe Race is taking solo sailors nonstop around the world using the same technology that was available when Robin Knox-Johnston sailed the first one in 1968
Just as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet nears the finish line July 1, having zoomed around the world aboard high-tech 65-footers at speeds often exceeding 30 knots, sending high-tech drone video updates of every thrilling moment, 19 solo sailors will leave Les Sables d’Olonne, France, for a nonstop circumnavigation race aboard 30-footers retro-outfitte...]]>
Bouncing back - Six months after hurricanes ripped through the Caribbean, the annual regattas picked up the pieces and carried on http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1990-bouncing-back.html Bouncing back - Six months after hurricanes ripped through the Caribbean, the annual regattas picked up the pieces and carried on
What a thrill it brought, pressing my face against a hazy plexiglass airplane window, and seeing whitecaps scattered on the sea from 29,000 feet. Following last year’s tragic season of storms in the Caribbean, I was flying to the British Virgin Islands for the Spring Regatta, which has been bringing sailors to Tortola and the surrounding islands since 1972. As the flight descended through the tr...]]>
A five-year plan - Terri and Thomas Sand have gone from learn-to-sail classes to new boat owners planning on sailing off on a world cruise http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1991-a-five-year-plan.html A five-year plan - Terri and Thomas Sand have gone from learn-to-sail classes to new boat owners planning on sailing off on a world cruise
When Terri and Thomas Sand first started dating in 2013, they didn’t know it would lead to a new love, not just for each other but for sailing. Since then, the couple has made a five-year plan that is taking them from learn to sail classes to sailing off on a world cruise on their brand new cruising catamaran. ...]]>
Descent into madness - Donald Crowhurst perpetuated one of the greatest frauds in sports history in a race to be the first person to circumnavigate nonstop, until it all caught up with him. Now the story is making it to the big screen in The Mercy. http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1976-descent-into-madness.html Descent into madness - Donald Crowhurst perpetuated one of the greatest frauds in sports history in a race to be the first person to circumnavigate nonstop, until it all caught up with him. Now the story is making it to the big screen in The Mercy.
There was never any doubt that the tragic story of Donald Crowhurst would have to be included in my book about madness at sea. Of all the stories I researched, it’s the one that has caught the publi...]]>
6 things every sailor should know how to do - Don’t head out to sea without knowing what to do when emergencies—both small and large—arise http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1977-6-things-every-sailor-should-know-how-to-do.html 6 things every sailor should know how to do - Don’t head out to sea without knowing what to do when emergencies—both small and large—arise
1 How  your life jacket worksSpinlock created a life jacket with an integrated harness and several other safety functions specifically for sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, but it is available to ...]]>
Civilization in the distance - The pristine cruising grounds in British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii Islands are a step back in time http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1978-civilization-in-the-distance.html Civilization in the distance - The pristine cruising grounds in British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii Islands are a step back in time
The silence made my ears ring. No electronic chirps, no roar of jets overhead, no sounds except the softly lapping waves on the sturdy wooden hull and the whisper of wind in the sails. An occasional s...]]>
Sailing a piece of history - When racing a Chesapeake Bay log canoe, sometimes you just have to keep it upright and in one piece to win http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1979-sailing-a-piece-of-history.html Sailing a piece of history - When racing a Chesapeake Bay log canoe, sometimes you just have to keep it upright and in one piece to win
It was a typical race day on Chesapeake Bay’s Miles River. The wind started out at 12 knots, gusting to 16. But of the 11 Chesapeake log canoes that left the dock at the Miles River Yacht Club for a...]]>
Society Island Escape - A stress-free charter in one of the world’s most exotic locations was just the ticket for this happy group http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1965-society-island-escape.html Society Island Escape - A stress-free charter in one of the world’s most exotic locations was just the ticket for this happy group
The Moorings 4800 rides at anchor.Susan Colby photo Sailing French Polynesia is the stuff dreams are made of. We had Laura, a marine biologist, who dreamed of exploring the sea life and coral gar...]]>
Sailing among the ruins - A charter through the Greek islands reveals ancient history and Mediterranean beauty http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1966-sailing-among-the-ruins.html Sailing among the ruins - A charter through the Greek islands reveals ancient history and Mediterranean beauty
I was sprawled in our cockpit in a quiet cove among the Greek Islands one evening, gazing at the brilliant stars dotting the black sky. Suddenly I wondered if a Greek sailor, perhaps on the verge...]]>
Charter News - New boats, new locations and a robust hurricane recovery are keeping charter companies busy http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1967-charter-news.html Charter News - New boats, new locations and a robust hurricane recovery are keeping charter companies busy
There’s never been a better time to charter, with new bases popping up in both new locations and old favorites. Charter boats, whether monohulls or big cats, are getting more comfortable and easier ...]]>
'Lost at sea' - The crew of a Volvo Ocean Race boat suspended a 10-hour unsuccessful search for crewmember John Fisher, who went overboard in the Southern Ocean March 26. Fisher was declared “lost at sea” by race officials, but other nearby ships continue the search. http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1958-lost-at-sea.html 'Lost at sea' - The crew of a Volvo Ocean Race boat suspended a 10-hour unsuccessful search for crewmember John Fisher, who went overboard in the Southern Ocean March 26. Fisher was declared “lost at sea” by race officials, but other nearby ships continue the search.
In gale-force conditions, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag crewmember John Fisher fell overboard in the Southern Ocean approximately 1,400 miles west of Cape Horn on Day 9 of the 7,600-mile Leg 7 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil. According to race officials, the Scallywag crew immediately turned the boat around and began to sail upwind in a search pattern coordinated by the Maritime Rescu...]]>
The boat that just won't die - Fazisi, a boat unlike any the Whitbread race had ever seen, has always faced challenges. Designer Vlad Murnikov reflects on the life of the legend and how, even battered by a hurricane and plundered by thieves, you can never count the old girl out. http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1951-the-boat-that-just-wont-die.html The boat that just won't die - Fazisi, a boat unlike any the Whitbread race had ever seen, has always faced challenges. Designer Vlad Murnikov reflects on the life of the legend and how, even battered by a hurricane and plundered by thieves, you can never count the old girl out.
As it often happens these days, the news came through Facebook. The striking hull of a maxi yacht, massive yet graceful, laying on top of the salvage barge, looking very sad with all the deck gear stripped, hatches torn apart, stanchions and pulpits bent, yet looking hauntingly beautiful even in this distressed state. ...]]>
Illustrated guide to fitting out http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1952-illustrated-guide-to-fitting-out.html Illustrated guide to fitting out
Get your boat in gear for the sailing season by tackling your to-do list now....]]>
Homeward bound - Over the course of two years, the Alden 44 Tioga sailed an Atlantic loop, with 33 friends and family taking turns crewing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1956-homeward-bound.html Homeward bound - Over the course of two years, the Alden 44 Tioga sailed an Atlantic loop, with 33 friends and family taking turns crewing
It began with a dream of sailing bluewater. In 2008, Philip Kersten, owner of the 1978 Alden 44 sloop Tioga, assembled a rookie crew to sail from Nahant, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, to Bermud...]]>
Island Revival - Hurricane-ravaged schools and charter companies are getting back on their feet, with a little help from friends http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1934-island-revival.html Island Revival - 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. ...]]>
Setting a different course to boat ownership - Buying a boat for charter offers owners a chance to skip the maintenance and finance their charter vacations http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1941-setting-a-different-course-to-boat-ownership.html Setting a different course to boat ownership - Buying a boat for charter offers owners a chance to skip the maintenance and finance their charter vacations
Most sailors aspire to own a brand-new boat, but the rising cost of boat ownership can make that dream seem out of reach. The good news is that the charter business has also ballooned in the last deca...]]>
Eye on the prize - Famed lensman Onne van der Wal set a deadline for the mostly DIY refit of a classic cruiser fit for the family http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1945-eye-on-the-prize.html Eye on the prize - 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. ...]]>
Bringing back the woodies - Star boat sailors are breathing new life into the class by rescuing, restoring and racing classic wooden boats in the inaugural Vintage Gold Cup on Michigan’s Gull Lake http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1931-bringing-back-the-woodies.html Bringing back the woodies - Star boat sailors are breathing new life into the class by rescuing, restoring and racing classic wooden boats in the inaugural Vintage Gold Cup on Michigan’s Gull Lake
By all accounts, Michigan’s Gull Lake is a sailor’s lake, often bustling with regattas or packed with weekend daysailers. But there was something special about the 12 Stars that took to the racecourse on a crisp early fall weekend. Sailed by some of the best sailors in the class, the colorful boats were all 50 years old, lovingly restored, some just in time for the Vintage Gold Cup. It was exa...]]>
New Boat Showcase 2018 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1921-new-boat-showcase-2018.html New Boat Showcase 2018

From fun dinghies and classic cruisers to novel speedsters and luxurious cats, the class of new boats is exciting. Our editors share the most intriguing new designs coming to boat shows.

 

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Picking up the pieces - Some of the world’s most beloved cruising grounds hammered by hurricanes are fighting their way back to welcome cruisers http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1930-picking-up-the-pieces.html Picking up the pieces - 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...]]>
Rethinking the iron jenny - Following in the footsteps of auto technology, electric power is the future for sailboats http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1932-rethinking-the-iron-jenny.html Rethinking the iron jenny - Following in the footsteps of auto technology, electric power is the future for sailboats
The crowd at the Hanse Yachts booth was buzzing, and they formed a veritable wall around one particular illuminated case. We patiently inched closer, and then we saw it—the new 315 e-motion rudder drive, which the German boatbuilder developed in conjunction with Jefa and Torqeedo....]]>
Hurricane relief efforts http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1918-hurricane-relief-efforts.html Hurricane relief efforts
Charter and privately owned boats that had been moored in the hurricane hole at Tortola's Paraquita Bay are stacked on top of each other following the passage of the devastatingly strong Hurricane Ir...]]>
Yo Ho Ho and a Charter of Rum - An early season cruise through the British Virgin Islands had this band of merry friends in search of the best rum bar http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1909-yo-ho-ho-and-a-charter-of-rum.html Yo Ho Ho and a Charter of Rum - An early season cruise through the British Virgin Islands had this band of merry friends in search of the best rum bar

On a chart, the rhumbline appears as the shortest distance between two points, but when plotting a course through the British Virgin Islands, our “rum line” took a twisting path from one legendary beach bar to another on a weeklong charter cruise. 

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Rooting for the home team - The young Bermuda racing team takes on the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1914-rooting-for-the-home-team.html Rooting for the home team - The young Bermuda racing team takes on the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

Bermuda’s 22-year-old MacKenzie Cooper was on top of the sailing world as his Team BDA stormed across the finish line in first place in the first race of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup finals in June. Held in conjunction with the America’s Cup on Bermuda’s Great Sound, the youth series pitted 12 teams from around the wo...

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MAYDAY - The crew of a 56-footer is rescued in the Atlantic after taking on water during a race to Bermuda. http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1897-mayday.html MAYDAY - The crew of a 56-footer is rescued in the Atlantic after taking on water during a race to Bermuda.
Les Crane sat on the deck of an unfamiliar boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean watching his boat, a sturdy, well-maintained 56-footer that he’d sailed more than 40,000 miles, as it was swallowed by the water. It was 7 a.m., less than four hours after his crew heard a “thud” that they had no idea would lead to them boarding a life raft and waiting for rescue....]]>
Rider on the Storm - One of just two women entered in the grueling Golden Globe race ignores the naysayers as she heads to sea http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1901-rider-on-the-storm.html Rider on the Storm - One of just two women entered in the grueling Golden Globe race ignores the naysayers as she heads to sea

The pilot books and online passage guides all agree: You do not sail across the Atlantic from west to east in a small boat in January, February or March. Even the Admiralty chart of the Atlantic warns sailors not to attempt an eastward crossing in those months. But Susie Goodall, 28, was having none of it. After four weeks i...

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From Pitchpole to Podium - Emirates Team New Zealand rights its ship to face Oracle Team USA in the Cup http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1894-from-pitchpole-to-podium.html From Pitchpole to Podium - Emirates Team New Zealand rights its ship to face Oracle Team USA in the Cup
When helmsman Peter Burling buried the hulls of his 50-foot foiling ACC catamaran on the way to the start line, lost control and nosed-dived into Bermuda’s Great Sound, there was a chance that the America’s Cup was over for Emirates Team New Zealand. But like Humpty Dumpty, the shore crew picked up the carbon fiber pieces and put the fragile cat...]]>
Spring Regatta spices things up - A melting pot of sailors, boats and spectators come together for the 46th annual BVI Spring Regatta in Nanny Cay http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1884-spring-regatta-spices-things-up.html Spring Regatta spices things up - A melting pot of sailors, boats and spectators come together for the 46th annual BVI Spring Regatta in Nanny Cay
Chris Johnson was bleary eyed as he filled his coffee cup at a popular open-air breakfast spot just steps from the marina at Nanny Cay. He was just one of dozens of sailors gathered in the hub of the British Virgin Islands during the 46th annual Spring Regatta. Like those around him, he seemed to be fully embracing the laid back but fun racing scene that takes over the island for a week each April...]]>
Racing for fun with the pros - The Bitter End Yacht Club’s Pro-Am regatta is a sailing camp for grown-ups in the British Virgin Islands http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1893-racing-for-fun-with-the-pros.html Racing for fun with the pros - The Bitter End Yacht Club’s Pro-Am regatta is a sailing camp for grown-ups in the British Virgin Islands
Going away to camp is a childhood ritual. There are space camps with real astronauts like Scott Kelly, tennis pro camps, celebrity baseball camps and even a football academy where Tom Brady could be the coach. So why not a yacht racing camp with the pros? The Bitter End Yacht Club’s annual Pro-Am offers just that, inviting top sailors from an arra...]]>