Sailing Magazine - Features http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-116-1-features.html Thu, 23 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Fresh to Frightening - SAILING Magazine Contributing Photographer Sharon Green captures the action of Key West Race Week in her favorite conditions http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1846-fresh-to-frightening.html Fresh to Frightening - 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....]]>
Storm be damned - Flotillas offer support and camaraderie to cruisers, and never more so than when a hurricane is bearing down http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1835-storm-be-damned.html Storm be damned - 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.

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How to buy a boat http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1841-how-to-buy-a-boat.html How to buy a boat

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...

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‘Making pictures and making people smile’ http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1833-%25E2%2580%2598making-pictures-and-making-people-smile%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘Making pictures and making people smile’

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 rac...

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Herculean task - An obsessive refit transforms a Catalina 22 into a showpiece http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1832-herculean-task.html Herculean task - 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. 

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A show to know - boot Düsseldorf has it all at the world's largest boat and watersports show http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1822-a-show-to-know.html A show to know - 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.

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SAILING launches a bold new look - Magazine launches new size, design in January 2017 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1810-sailing-launches-a-bold-new-look.html SAILING launches a bold new look - 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 premium]]>
Gifts for Sailors - SAILING's editors share their picks for holiday gift giving http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1811-gifts-for-sailors.html Gifts for Sailors - SAILING's editors share their picks for holiday gift giving

 Our picks for holiday gift giving.

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Dynamic Duo - Husband and wife Steve and Heidi Benjamin have found success racing together aboard their TP52 Spookie http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1814-dynamic-duo.html Dynamic Duo - 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 Championsh...

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Give the Beauty of Sail - Love the photography in SAILING Magazine? Our photographers offer their best for gift giving http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1821-give-the-beauty-of-sail.html Give the Beauty of Sail - Love the photography in SAILING Magazine? Our photographers offer their best for gift giving

 

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A new look at an old haunt - Revisiting the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands after a decades-long absence offers a new take on a changed but still beloved cruising ground http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1802-a-new-look-at-an-old-haunt.html A new look at an old haunt - Revisiting the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands after a decades-long absence offers a new take on a changed but still beloved cruising ground
Growing up in Florida, I was often envious of my friends who spent their summers going to camp or a theme park for a family vacation. Could I spend a week visiting an overgrown and overpriced mouse? Oh no, our family headed to the Abacos for our summer vacation.  I vividly recall the image in my head as my mother explained that we would be making “the crossing” to the Bahamas. I pictured ...]]>
'He made the sport better' - Ardent sailing supporter and former owner of North Sails Terry Kohler dies http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1801-he-made-the-sport-better.html 'He made the sport better' - Ardent sailing supporter and former owner of North Sails Terry Kohler dies
Terry Kohler, who discovered a love for sailing as a boy aboard his mother’s Alden-desigend schooner Venturer, dedicated himself to making the sport more technologically advanced as well as more accessible to sailors of all abilities, all from a sleepy blue-collar town on the shore of Lake Michigan....]]>
Paradise times two - Exploring the native beauty of Tahiti is even better on the stable platform of the twin hulls of a catamaran http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1798-paradise-times-two.html Paradise times two - Exploring the native beauty of Tahiti is even better on the stable platform of the twin hulls of a catamaran
It started as an April Fools’ joke. 

I never would have thought of  Kyle Ryan as particularly gullible. He’s an experienced sailor, a big wave surfer and a divemaster. He has spent years at sea as an officer with NOAA. And he recently proved to be sound crew on a rough crossing from Fiji to New Zealand aboard ...

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New boats 2017 - We run down some of the new sailboats hitting the water for 2017 http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1799-new-boats-2017.html New boats 2017 - We run down some of the new sailboats hitting the water for 2017
Next year’s crop of new boats is anything but cookie-cutter. From push-button control to origami trimarans, there is something to pique the interest of every sailor. New refinements in manufacturing and design are evident, and the payoffs are boats that offer more in terms of speed, storage, sail area and safety. Turn the page to catch a glimpse of what will be gracing the docks at upcoming boat...]]>
Who knew WhoDo would rise again - A wild Chicago-Mackinac race leads to a dramatic rescue moments before the 1D48 WhoDo sinks in the Manitou Passage http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1787-who-knew-whodo-would-rise-again.html Who knew WhoDo would rise again - 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...]]>
A bit of bonhomie - Friendship and camaraderie rule in a competitive fleet of the first one-designs in which a gathering on the green requires sailing up an overgrown bay http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1777-a-bit-of-bonhomie.html A bit of bonhomie - Friendship and camaraderie rule in a competitive fleet of the first one-designs in which a gathering on the green requires sailing up an overgrown bay

Have you ever used a scythe, Nic?” asked Cathy Mac Aleavey when I met her at Jimmy Furey’s house on the banks of the River Shannon in Ireland last summer. Now, I’ve been to dozens of sailing events around the world, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never been asked that question before.

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The Great Circle Route: Connecting the dots of a sailing life - Looking back at a lifetime of sailing, Contributing Editor John Kretschmer has found himself unwittingly following in the seafaring footsteps of the sailors closest to him http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1781-the-great-circle-route-connecting-the-dots-of-a-sailing-life.html The Great Circle Route: Connecting the dots of a sailing life - Looking back at a lifetime of sailing, Contributing Editor John Kretschmer has found himself unwittingly following in the seafaring footsteps of the sailors closest to him

 You can’t escape history when sailing in the Mediterranean, not even your own. We were off the Lycian coast of Turkey. My wife Tadji was at the helm, searching for zephyrs as Quetzal ghosted over a...

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Sailing the world's biggest classroom - Four 20-somethings entrusted with bringing a donated boat back to a stateside sailing program turned a delivery into a race of a lifetime and a quest to test their sailing mettle http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1767-sailing-the-worlds-biggest-classroom.html Sailing the world's biggest classroom - Four 20-somethings entrusted with bringing a donated boat back to a stateside sailing program turned a delivery into a race of a lifetime and a quest to test their sailing mettle

 Come back alive, and bring the boat back alive.” 

Over and over those words played through Hobie Ponting’s head as he boarded a plane to England. He and his team had set off to Hamble, England, to take delivery of a Class 40 sailboat that had been donated to Oakcliff Sai...

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Head of the class - The country’s top sailing instructors share what makes a good teacher and how to get the most out of a sailing school http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1768-head-of-the-class.html Head of the class - The country’s top sailing instructors share what makes a good teacher and how to get the most out of a sailing school

For many would-be sailors, their first sailing experience will come in a formal learning environment with an instructor guiding them through it. Sailing instructors are ambassadors of the sport and may be one of the most important factors in whether someone becomes a lifelong sailor or returns to their landlubber roots. It’s a tall order for instructors, who take the responsibility seriously....

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One small ball bearing, one giant leap for hardware - A quest for less friction changed the face of sailboat equipment and created one of the industry’s thriving businesse http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1834-one-small-ball-bearing-one-giant-leap-for-hardware.html One small ball bearing, one giant leap for hardware - A quest for less friction changed the face of sailboat equipment and created one of the industry’s thriving businesse

Revolutions aren’t always noisy, colorful affairs. Sometimes they start with just a ripple, a whisper—or the sound of tiny plastic balls hitting the ground.

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Trying it before buying it - The new sharing economy comes to sailing would-be sailors into owners through boat-sharing clubs http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1760-trying-it-before-buying-it.html Trying it before buying it - The new sharing economy comes to sailing would-be sailors into owners through boat-sharing clubs
 For many sailors, the dream of boat ownership is always present. But making it a reality means overcoming the big fear: the terrifying possibility that you could plunk down a fair amount of mone...]]>
Into the wild - Skip Novak has been exploring Tierra del Fuego for 30 years, and a cruise with his Pelagic Expeditions through this unspoiled wilderness, into fjords and even around Cape Horn, makes for an unforgettable sailing experience http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1755-into-the-wild.html Into the wild - Skip Novak has been exploring Tierra del Fuego for 30 years, and a cruise with his Pelagic Expeditions through this unspoiled wilderness, into fjords and even around Cape Horn, makes for an unforgettable sailing experience
Cruise the beautiful Beagle Channel, including possibly sail around Cape Horn, with Skip Novak's Pelagic Expeditions....]]>
Tucked into paradise - The Tobago Cays are a bit of heaven on Earth, where sea turtles and cruisers play in the warm Caribbean water http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1754-tucked-into-paradise.html Tucked into paradise - The Tobago Cays are a bit of heaven on Earth, where sea turtles and cruisers play in the warm Caribbean water

 The Tobago Cays are a divine cluster of isles in the Grenadines, in the southeastern Caribbean. But their out-of-the-way location can make this piece of heaven a bit hellish to get to. Roughly 30 nautical miles south of St. Vincent and 30 nautical miles north of Grenada, a visit requires a bluewater sail through the passes between the Windward Islands.

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One to remember - A boat’s delivery to its new home becomes an unforgettable passage when the boat’s acclaimed designer, Nigel Irens, comes along for the ride http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1738-one-to-remember.html One to remember - A boat’s delivery to its new home becomes an unforgettable passage when the boat’s acclaimed designer, Nigel Irens, comes along for the ride
Twenty years ago, I was working at the office of Classic Boat magazine when I got a call to review a boat on the River Dart. It was the latest design by that doyen of modern multihull design Nigel Irens, best known as the designer of ENZA, Ellen MacArthur’s record-breaking B&Q]]>
Spring spruce-up - Whether your boat has enjoyed a winter off or it’s time to take on some annual chores, our guide to fitting out will make sure your boat is ready for a great year of sailing http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1750-spring-spruce-up.html Spring spruce-up - Whether your boat has enjoyed a winter off or it’s time to take on some annual chores, our guide to fitting out will make sure your boat is ready for a great year of sailing
Whether your boat has enjoyed a winter off or it’s time to take on some annual chores, our guide to fitting out will make sure your boat is ready for a great year of sailing...]]>
Just Sail - Practical purists are sailing the world engine-free and finding a list of reasons why cruising sans iron genny is the way to go http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1752-just-sail.html Just Sail - Practical purists are sailing the world engine-free and finding a list of reasons why cruising sans iron genny is the way to go
When a cruising tale starts with the words, “We had no engine and ... ,” it usually means a disaster story is about to follow. Most sailors get a knot in their stomach at the thought of losing an engine while trying to anchor somewhere new, entering a busy harbor at night or attempting to dock their boat. Those are the panic-inducing moments that we prepare for but secretly hope never happen. ...]]>
A grand old time - Lake Ontario’s Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence Seaway are teeming with local color and sublime cruising http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1728-a-grand-old-time.html A grand old time - Lake Ontario’s Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence Seaway are teeming with local color and sublime cruising

 The winds were off the starboard stern at around 15 knots, steady and warm on a sunny July afternoon, blowing up Lake Ontario out of the southwest. The water was flat in spite of the long fetch, protected by Amherst and Wolfe islands off Kingston, Ontario, where the Great Lake flows into the St. Lawrence River, starting its 650-nautical-mile journey to the ...

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Cruising the big ditch - Knowing the ins and outs of a transit through the Panama Canal can make all the difference http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1730-cruising-the-big-ditch.html Cruising the big ditch - Knowing the ins and outs of a transit through the Panama Canal can make all the difference

Transiting the Panama Canal is a rite of passage that packs a lot into a 50-mile journey. Whether crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific or vice versa, cruisers celebrate their arrival in Central America by taking this short cut that recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the opening of a channel cut through mountain and jungle in an engineering feat for its time.


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The antidote for the sailing blues - We offer sailing experiences to do now that will tide over restless sailors until the season starts http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1731-the-antidote-for-the-sailing-blues.html The antidote for the sailing blues - We offer sailing experiences to do now that will tide over restless sailors until the season starts

But never fear; we’ve assembled a list of sailing experiences you can enjoy right now, all of which will help tide you over until it’s time to pull the sails out of storage and kick off the season. 

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The cruiser-racer revolution - The advent of production boatbuilding changed the face of dual-purpose sailboats, a concept that waxes and wanes but endures today http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1715-the-cruiser-racer-revolution.html The cruiser-racer revolution - The advent of production boatbuilding changed the face of dual-purpose sailboats, a concept that waxes and wanes but endures today
The cruiser-racer fleet grew in the 1908s and 1990s and the boats of that era continue to cruise and race successfully today.Erik Simonson photoYou still see them at local marinas and at popular dista...]]>