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2019 June 1

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
2019 June 1

Paul Souders needed a motorsailer to take him to the cold waters where the subjects of his photography live, so he learned how to sail

Seattle resident Paul Souders didn’t start out as a sailor. In fact, he didn’t really start out as a water guy at all; he was simply a professional photographer who had grown dissatisfied with his
2019 June 1

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
2019 May 1

At less than $100, this DIY awning might not be as pretty as one that’s custom made but it does the job

If your boat lies unattended, even for a short time—be it in a marina, (in or out of the water), or on a mooring—it doesn’t take long for it to become grubby, from bird droppings or wind blown d
2019 May 1

May 2019

Features  Great small boats for big adventures Small boats with proven pedigrees top our list of boats capable of serious sailing Wooden boats with a side of wine A trio of French da
2019 May 1
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
2019 April 1

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
2019 April 1

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
2019 April 1

How to avert disaster when your boat starts taking on water

When the Farr PH 56 Monterey sank in May 2017 during the Antigua-to-Bermuda Race, nobody was more shocked than owner and skipper Les Crane. After all, he’d sailed the boat more than 40,000 miles dur
2019 April 1

March 2019

Features The need for speedTeam USA faces a learning curve racing the foiling SailGP in Sydney, AustraliaCruising in the shadow of Mt. VesuviusItaly’s Bay of Naples offers a one-of-a-kind&
2019 March 7

Start the season right by getting your hull sparkling clean

Spring cleaning is a ritual, but when it comes to boats it’s often a necessity. Before you launch for the season is often the only and best opportunity to get a boat sparkling clean. But that kind o
2019 March 1

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
2019 March 1

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
2019 March 1

March 2019

Features When the sea is in a snitOne of the scariest legs of a journey halfway across the world turns out to be a section of the Caribbean SeaGet the season startedWork on your boat no
2019 February 7

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
2019 February 1

This little known method can keep your anchor from dragging in rough conditions

Menacing clouds and increasing wind announced that a powerful storm was about to cross over the British Virgin Islands. We were tucked into outlying Anegada, the area’s flattest and most unprotected
2019 February 1

The Golden Rock Regatta’s mix of shoreside fun with casual racing brings sailors back to the Leewards year after year

I have enjoyed a lot of different sailing events, from local regattas to glamorous destinations. Each had its own appeal, but once I’ve been there, done that,  I rarely return because there are new places to explore. But I made an exception for the Golden Rock Regatta, a little-known Caribbean series that is held in November, featuring long-distance races to a smattering of islands: St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, St. Barths and Anguilla. Exhilarating stretches of racing during the day are followed by nightly raft-ups and casual parties. It perfectly combines the thrill of racing with the adventure of exploring a different piece of paradise each night, which has given me the opportunity to forge friendships with other “Rockers” over the years.
2019 February 1

February 2019

Features Ludicrous speed on hard water For hardy iceboaters, the racing season gets going fast when it freezesRacing the rockThe Golden Rock Regatta brings sailors back to the Leew
2019 February 1

For hardy sailors, the racing season really gets going—and going fast—when freezing temperatures create the perfect iceboating conditions

J.H. Peterson photoPlunging temperatures, bitterly cold winds and rock-hard waterways. Just right for sailing …  that is, if you’ve got a serious need for speed and don’t mind the windburn.

Perry on Design

  • This midsize cruiser has options to suit all kinds of sailors

  • A room with a view is found in this offshore cruiser with a spacious deck saloon

  • Elegant and fast, this new Nautor design pulls out all the stops for great cruising

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