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2021 September 1

Bluewater sailor John Kretschmer reflects on savoring the best parts of sailing, even when they aren’t great

The forecast wasn’t good, but it wasn’t terrible either. We were bottled up in the Gulf of Maine and the fresh south-southwest winds of summer made the prospect of sailing to Bermuda a likely slog
2021 July 1

The US Sailing Olympic team heads to Tokyo looking to win gold

It’s been five years since the U.S. Olympic sailing team left Brazil with single medal, Caleb Paine’s bronze in the Finn class. It was a disappointing result for the once dominant team, which was
2021 July 1

The race down the West Coast from Newport Beach, California, to Ensenada, Mexico, has drawn racers for 75 years with fun and challenging sailing

After being sidelined during the long pandemic pause, the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race in late April marked our long-awaited return to sailboat racing. We scrambled to make our boat race read
2021 June 1

New Zealand’s America’s Cup success is rooted in a rich maritime tradition still celebrated today

When Emirates Team New Zealand flew across the finish line in March, successfully defending the America’s Cup, it came as no surprise to  New Zealand artist John Ioane, who has a unique perspec
2021 June 1

With exotic landfalls out of the question, John Kretschmer discovered a new way to do sail-training passages: make seafall instead

Close your eyes. You can hear the waves washing along the hull and feel the raw power as Quetzal sails into the heart of the Caribbean Sea on a sweet close reach. She rides the building easterly swell
2021 April 1

A backyard charter off Santa Barbara, California, is the perfect ‘coastal distancing’ cruise

The afternoon sail had been brisk, slicing through the cobalt sea with a string of verdant islands to our south and dramatically rising mountains to the north. After heading back to our slip, we fresh
2021 April 1

Packing a ditch bag when you charter provides peace of mind for this happy group of sailors

We didn’t see the lone water bottle floating in the choppy seas as we departed Gallowsbay Harbor on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius. Even if we had, we might not have realized it was attached
2021 April 1

Charter cruisers have been tied to the dock for the last year, but with travel restrictions easing as the pandemic wanes, the time is now to book your next charter. Charter companies are getting ready for a record season, with many experiencing a boom in

No. 10 Lake SuperiorThe deep blue waters of Lake Superior are best sailing in the summer months once the lake has warmed. There are miles of unspoiled wilderness to sail. Leaving from Bayfield, Wiscon
2021 April 1

A chartering pro visits the British Virgin Islands to get a firsthand look at how to navigate pandemic protocols. And it turns out it’s pretty easy.

The rugged beauty of The Baths is a popular BVI spot.When chartering is your job, sometimes you have to take one for the team. Such is the life of Josie Tucci, who is the vice president of sales and m
2021 March 1

Fixing little problems at fitting out time can prevent dangerous and expensive issue laters

Yacht surveyors have an interesting perspective on boat maintenance. They see what happens when a boat isn’t given the care it needs often leading to damage that requires expensive repair  and
2021 February 9

In the most extreme Cup ever sailed, a promising American challenge flops as a small fleet pushes the limits of technology

It was a scene that looked more like a futuristic movie than one from a sailing racecourse. Patriot, the New York Yacht Club’s AC75 challenging for the America’s Cup, bucked out of Auckland’s Ha
2021 January 1

Fresh out of college, a young couple found the boat they didn’t know they were looking for and set about on a major refit

When my husband Chris and I found Avocet, a 1979 Cheoy Lee 41, she was a sturdy, well-loved boat in need of the kind of care any nearly 40-year-old boat would require. Truth be told, it was not love a
2021 January 1

At first this liveboard couple feared the isolation of a pandemic lockdown, and then they embraced a new way of life and found the cruising lifestyle they dreamed of

Hundreds of miles from anything resembling a western city, in the lagoon of an uninhabited atoll in the South Pacific, our floating home, Agape, sat quietly in crystal clear turquoise water. As the re
2020 December 1

Just 16 miles from San Diego, Mexico’s Coronado Islands are a perfect spot for a staycation cruise

Exotic destinations will always have their allure, but 2020 has been the year of the staycation. For landlubbers, it meant camping in the backyard, but for sailors it became the perfect excuse to beco
2020 November 1

Experts in cold-molded boatbuilding, Van Dam Custom Yachts launches its latest creation, the 44-foot Italmas on Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix

On a perfect summer day, the 44-foot Italmas sailed across Northern Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix with a bone in her teeth. At first glance, she might be mistaken for a classic from another century wit
2020 November 1

SAILING’s editors share their picks for holiday gift giving

Every sailors needs a great knife. Both of these feature a blunt tip, one-handed opening, and steel that will stand the test of time. Spyderco’s Atlantic Salt Green with integrated shackle key,
2020 October 1

John Kretschmer shares memories of Larry Pardey and Marvin Creamer, two sailors who helped shape him and led the way to his life under sail

People who inspire us are those who find a way to launch dreams, to launch voyages, to sidestep conventional wisdom and sober, well-intentioned advice, and lead lives that are truly their own. They us
2020 October 1

Canceled boat shows aren’t keeping manufacturers from launching a fleet of fast, fun and exciting new boats

 Leopard 42Designers Robertson and Caine blended the modern appearance of the company’s award-winning Leopard 50 with the styling of its Leopard 53 Powercat to create an ocean-going yacht that
2020 September 1

Patience and perseverance pays off for a young couple’s quest for the perfect boat

My wife Vivian and I spent years looking for a sailboat to call home. Nomads by nature, twice selling or giving away nearly all of our possessions to go on extended adventures the thought of buying a
2020 September 1

A cruising couple fall in love with a classic yawl on a charter off the Maine coast

Like most sailors, my husband George and I dream of owning a vintage sailboat with classic lines. Being landlocked in Colorado, we sit around on cold winter nights and scratch out numbers on scraps of

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