Sailing Magazine - Features http://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-116-1-features.html Thu, 14 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
The Texas 200 Step - Undeterred by Gulf Coast heat, wind, mosquitoes and jumping fish, a pair of friends tackle the Texas 200 endurance cruise aboard their small boat http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1871-the-texas-200-step.html The Texas 200 Step - Undeterred by Gulf Coast heat, wind, mosquitoes and jumping fish, a pair of friends tackle the Texas 200 endurance cruise aboard their small boat
The first time I sailed the Texas 200—a grueling 200-mile multiday small-boat endurance cruise along the desolate Gulf Coast and barrier islands of southern Texas—my home-built plywood dinghy was dismasted on the first afternoon. ...]]>
Novice to race ready in 7 days - A dinghy neophyte goes from capsizing queen to regatta worthy in a week thanks to an intensive and fun warm-water training program http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1872-novice-to-race-ready-in-7-days.html Novice to race ready in 7 days - A dinghy neophyte goes from capsizing queen to regatta worthy in a week thanks to an intensive and fun warm-water training program
Capsizing: One thing you don’t have to worry about here is getting your rig stuck in the mud,” sailing instructor Colin Gowland commented wryly at our first morning briefing. Having never previously set foot in a Laser, the significance of that statement as being one of the very first on Gowland’s agenda didn’t immediately set in. In fact, I may have even laughed out loud. ...]]>
Will fast last? - There’s no doubt that ACC boats will set a blistering pace, but without much of the intrigue and tradition of the America’s Cup it remains to be seen if the event will continue to be considered the pinnacle of yachting http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1883-will-fast-last.html Will fast last? - There’s no doubt that ACC boats will set a blistering pace, but without much of the intrigue and tradition of the America’s Cup it remains to be seen if the event will continue to be considered the pinnacle of yachting
There was a time in the America’s Cup when keels were skirted, boats were outed as “dogs” after their first appearance on the racecourse and skippers called fouls on each other during races. In case you’ve buried your head in a Rosenfeld photography book for the last 10 years, those days are long gone. The America’s Cup will never look like that again....]]>
Peace in the Solitude - At the top of Lake Huron lie the magical cruising grounds of the North Channel, where wildlife, northern lights and perfect sailing are a trifecta of pleasure http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1863-peace-in-the-solitude.html Peace in the Solitude - At the top of Lake Huron lie the magical cruising grounds of the North Channel, where wildlife, northern lights and perfect sailing are a trifecta of pleasure
South Benjamin Island is a protected and picturesque anchorage.Sharon Mathews Stevens photo Look at the bear!” someone shouted, pointing through the lifelines of our chartered Jeanneau 49 Summe...]]>
Gulfing Around - Chris Caswell discovers the delights along Florida’s west coast and Pine Island Sound while trying to stay on the right side of the buoy http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1860-gulfing-around.html Gulfing Around - Chris Caswell discovers the delights along Florida’s west coast and Pine Island Sound while trying to stay on the right side of the buoy
It was no dark and stormy night, but the middle of a bright Florida afternoon when I spotted the mystery buoy. It was near our course and I had no idea what it marked, so I brought the engines back to neutral and we drifted while I issued orders. ...]]>
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....]]>
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-1848-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
The TP52 Bronenosec zooms downwind at Key West Race Week.Sharon Green photo For 30 years, sailors have escaped the clutches of Old Man Winter by heading south, to the southernmost point in the U....]]>
Fitting out guide - Get your boat shipshape for the year with our tips for annual maintenance http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1861-fitting-out-guide.html Fitting out guide - Get your boat shipshape for the year with our tips for annual maintenance

There is a buzz in boatyards in spring that is almost palpable. Projects put off since fall are suddenly at the top of the priority list. 

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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 ...]]>