Sailing Magazine - Features http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-116-1-features.html Tue, 02 Jun 20 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Plotting a course to Caribbean sabbatical cruise - John Kretschmer shares his wealth of knowledge on the logistics of a Caribbean sabbatical so you can do it too http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2221-plotting-a-course-to-caribbean-sabbatical-cruise.html Plotting a course to Caribbean sabbatical cruise - John Kretschmer shares his wealth of knowledge on the logistics of a Caribbean sabbatical so you can do it too
I recall my first Caribbean landfall like it was yesterday. And trust me, it wasn’t yesterday—it was 40 years ago. It was November and we were heading south from Bermuda. After five days we e...]]>
Big fun in a teacup pram - The little stitch-and-glue home-built Frosty won over sailors with its good performance and affordability http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2215-big-fun-in-a-teacup-pram.html Big fun in a teacup pram - The little stitch-and-glue home-built Frosty won over sailors with its good performance and affordability
Winter weather on Massachusetts’s Cape Cod can force competitive sailors indoors with little to do but wait out the long months until they can sail again. More than 40 years ago, Harwich Harbormaste...]]>
How to live the dream - We asked liveaboard cruisers how they left life on land behind and headed to sea for adventure and a change of pace http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2216-how-to-live-the-dream.html How to live the dream - We asked liveaboard cruisers how they left life on land behind and headed to sea for adventure and a change of pace
Most sailors have entertained the idea, even if only in passing, of leaving life on land and setting out to cruise the world on a sturdy sailboat ready for adventure. Although many dream, few actually...]]>
Back in the BVI - A young couple brought their baby on a charter to the British Virgin Islands, now they return with a rambunctious 7-year-old young sailor http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2207-back-in-the-bvi.html Back in the BVI - A young couple brought their baby on a charter to the British Virgin Islands, now they return with a rambunctious 7-year-old young sailor
I cried when our son Sam was born and again when he rode his bike without training wheels for the first time. And since I was a skier before I became a sailor, I burst into tears when our cute li...]]>
Shifting gears into cruising mode - When the Golden Rock Regatta was cancelled, this crew of racers changed plans and switched to charter cruising in the Leeward Islands http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2208-shifting-gears-into-cruising-mode.html Shifting gears into cruising mode - When the Golden Rock Regatta was cancelled, this crew of racers changed plans and switched to charter cruising in the Leeward Islands
Betsy Senescu photo I never intended to pull a bait and switch. When my husband Barry and I invited avid racing friends to join us in the Caribbean, our intent was to compete in the Golden R...]]>
Into the wild - A cruise through Alaska’s Prince William Sound brings sailors into the heart of the splendid wilderness http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2217-into-the-wild.html Into the wild - A cruise through Alaska’s Prince William Sound brings sailors into the heart of the splendid wilderness
Dorian goes high to navigate through the ice as Qilak leaves Columbia Bay.Julien Giradot photoLiterary masters including Jack London and John Muir have described the beauty of Alaska with more talent,...]]>
Sailing into the season - An illustrated guide to fitting out http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2188-sailing-into-the-season.html Sailing into the season - An illustrated guide to fitting out
 Make the most of the precious sailing season by getting your boat ready to go.  SailsInspect your sails, paying particular attention to high-stress points including the tack, clew and head....]]>
It's all about the fun - Instead of lazing around a pool, sailors are packing their seabags and heading for learn-to-sail vacations in tropical locations http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2176-its-all-about-the-fun.html It's all about the fun - Instead of lazing around a pool, sailors are packing their seabags and heading for learn-to-sail vacations in tropical locations
The enticing part of sailing is that every time you go to sea you learn something new. And because sailors aren’t typically people who like to sit idly by on their vacations, combining the two, by l...]]>
Cruising to the toe of Italy - A mid-September cruise along Italy’s southwest coast is an ideal time to find the beauty without the hassle http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2182-cruising-to-the-toe-of-italy.html Cruising to the toe of Italy - A mid-September cruise along Italy’s southwest coast is an ideal time to find the beauty without the hassle
The first time I watched a promotional video for a cruising sailboat was after I had been cruising for at least 10 years. The film was filled with good weather, sunshine, happy faces, perhaps a brief ...]]>
Crazy about the sea http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2187-crazy-about-the-sea.html Crazy about the sea
British yachtswoman Jeanne Socrates made international headlines when she became the oldest person to sail nonstop around the world, alone and unassisted. The 77-year-old sailed into Victoria, British...]]>
Mariah rises again - Through two restorations, Pearson 36 hull No. 1 keeps finding its way back to sailing families who love the boat and respect its legacy http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2167-mariah-rises-again.html Mariah rises again - Through two restorations, Pearson 36 hull No. 1 keeps finding its way back to sailing families who love the boat and respect its legacy
Sometimes boats and their owners seem meant for each other. And sometimes things align so well that it seems like it must be fate. And everything about Mariah’s story seems fated. Due to a mis...]]>
Sailing a piece of history - The classic Herreshoff-designed S-boat class celebrated its centennial in style http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2161-sailing-a-piece-of-history.html Sailing a piece of history - The classic Herreshoff-designed S-boat class celebrated its centennial in style
J.H. Peterson photoMembers of the S-boat class don’t consider themselves owners of their boats. They call themselves caretakers of the classic boats that they consider pieces of history. And they ha...]]>
Sailing to romance island - Catalina Island is a short hop from Southern California, making it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2162-sailing-to-romance-island.html Sailing to romance island - Catalina Island is a short hop from Southern California, making it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway
We were barely 20 minutes out of the harbor when the engine conked out. It was early in the day and the whisper of wind meant a motorsail to Santa Catalina Island was unavoidable, but the Yanmar would...]]>
Sailing's Best Photos of the Year - SAILING Magazine’s contributing photographers share their favorite images and what makes them so special http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2159-sailings-best-photos-of-the-year.html Sailing's Best Photos of the Year - SAILING Magazine’s contributing photographers share their favorite images and what makes them so special
 The 65-foot Icelandic ketch Arktika heads up the Johan Petersen fjord on the southeast coast of Greenland. “I had chartered Arktika for a seven-day photographic workshop with six shooters...]]>
Gift for Sailors - SAILING’s editors share their picks for holiday gift giving http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2160-gift-for-sailors.html Gift for Sailors - SAILING’s editors share their picks for holiday gift giving
Light, handy and stylish, this folding electric bicycle comes packed with features to make any cruiser happy. A removable, lockable battery, LED display, front and rear disc brakes and 30-mile battery...]]>
The Internet's Favorite Sailors - This young Aussie couple is funding living aboard and sailing the world through crowdfunded videos http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2145-the-internets-favorite-sailors.html The Internet's Favorite Sailors - 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...]]>
New Boat Showcase - From a cruising cat that can fly on foils to a sailing dinghy that packs into a duffel bag, this year’s class of new boats debuting at boat shows has something for every kind of sailor http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2148-new-boat-showcase.html New Boat Showcase - From a cruising cat that can fly on foils to a sailing dinghy that packs into a duffel bag, this year’s class of new boats debuting at boat shows has something for every kind of sailor
Sun Fast 3300The Jeanneau racing pedigree just got a new boost with the launch of this new offshore racer designed by the same folks that brought speed to the America’s Cup and maxi racing. LOA 33�...]]>
Sailing Homer's Sea - A family soaks in the food, sun and perfect sailing on a charter cruise to the lesser-traveled Greek islands of the Ionian Sea http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2150-sailing-homers-sea.html Sailing Homer's Sea - A family soaks in the food, sun and perfect sailing on a charter cruise to the lesser-traveled Greek islands of the Ionian Sea
Let’s meet in Greece.” That’s how our latest sailing adventure began during a family holiday dinner conversation. My wife Christine and I, 30-something son Zack from San Francisco and 20-someth...]]>
Sailing with sandy paws and salty whiskers - Bringing your pets aboard may have its challenges, but a little planning can make for happy times cruising with your four-legged friends http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2138-sailing-with-sandy-paws-and-salty-whiskers.html Sailing with sandy paws and salty whiskers - Bringing your pets aboard may have its challenges, but a little planning can make for happy times cruising with your four-legged friends
The cruising life is often difficult enough, with confined space and endless maintenance. Throw an animal into the mix aboard a sailboat, and cruisers are presented with a whole raft of additional cha...]]>
Cruising to the beat of a distant drum - Cruising the remote Pacific coast of western Panama means sailing off the grid into the arms of nature in the company of humpback whales http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2124-cruising-to-the-beat-of-a-distant-drum.html Cruising to the beat of a distant drum - 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...]]>
Alone at Sea - 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 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2114-alone-at-sea.html Alone at Sea - 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 l]]>
Long-distance sailing love - 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 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2106-long-distance-sailing-love.html Long-distance sailing love - 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...]]>
The healing power of sailing - Warrior Sailing military veterans came to Charleston Race Week not only to race but to help heal from the aftereffects of war http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2107-the-healing-power-of-sailing.html The healing power of sailing - 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...]]>
A cruiser gets schooled - A big-boat cruising sailor heads to St. Thomas and the North U clinic to learn the racing ropes http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2109-a-cruiser-gets-schooled.html A cruiser gets schooled - 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...]]>
Great small boats for big adventures http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2098-great-small-boats-for-big-adventures.html Great small boats for big adventures
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...]]>
Agenda-free Adventure - A carefree cruise provided plenty of opportunities to let the wind be the decision-maker for these warm-water seekers http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2086-agenda-free-adventure.html Agenda-free Adventure - 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...]]>
The need for speed - Team USA faces a learning curve on its way to the foiling circuit’s stop in the States http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2087-the-need-for-speed.html The need for speed - 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...]]>
Get the season started - Work on your boat now so you can spend the season sailing, not fixing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2078-get-the-season-started.html Get the season started - 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...]]>
When the sea is in a snit - 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 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2085-when-the-sea-is-in-a-snit.html When the sea is in a snit - 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...]]>
Back on island time - 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 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-2069-back-on-island-time.html Back on island time - 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...]]>