Sailing Magazine - Features Fri, 02 Dec 22 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Gifts for Sailors - The perfect something for all the sailors on your holiday gift giving list Sailing scheduler Harken’s Ultimate Sailing calendar features some of the best sailing photography of the year taken by Sharon Green, Gilles Martin-Raget, Jesús Renedo and other legendary sai...]]> Hop aboard for Hobart - Whether chartering a boat or signing on for a bunk, there are options for crossing the Sydney Hobart race off your bucket list Bucket list sailing adventures often conjure up images of sun-drenched anchorages, while others call to mind the terror of monster waves and passages under storm sails. Such is the mystique of the 76-...]]> Hoist the gollywobbler - Every summer schooners gather off the coast of Maine where sailors raise gaff topsails and fishermans and race a series of classic regattas that keeps maritime history alive Schooners are like teachers, they never tell you all their secrets at once,” said Steve Frary, owner and skipper of the 63-foot schooner Narwhal.  “They want you to keep asking questions and ...]]> Annapolis Sailboat Show guide For five days, the Annapolis Sailboat Show is the center of the sailing universe. Here's our guide of what to catch at the show....]]> New Boat Showcase - The exciting group of new boats for 2023 has something for everyone. From luxury performance cruisers to zippy midsize racer-cruisers, boat design is evolving to make sailing faster and more comfortable. J/45 This American girl has style. The latest cruiser from the company that redefined American yacht design blends performance with classic good looks. With a SA/D of 25.85, it has the horsepower...]]> The Soul of the Abacos - A cruising crowd revisits their favorite Bahamas haunts and finds that much has changed, but the sailing, picturesque water and friendly people remain the same A lot has changed in the three years since our group of chartering friends traveled together, and that held true for both our Bahamas destination and us. We booked this charter knowing that the A...]]> Flares are expired. Now what? - Igniting out-dated emergency flares could saddle sailors with stiff fines Two Rhode Island men must pay fines for shooting emergency flares into the night sky to celebrate a friend’s wedding. The red aerial rockets set off a costly search-and-rescue operation by the U.S. ...]]> Discovering the joy of learning at sea Thirty-one days into to what would be an 11,500-nautical-mile voyage, I found myself standing in front of Neptune and his court and chopped off my hair to chin length, tossing it in the wake of the 11...]]> Be a better sailor - You know how to sail, now learn how to sail better There are more ways to become a better sailor today than ever before. Sailing schools have zeroed in on sailing aspirations and optimized their programs to help existing sailors make them a reality. A...]]> Racing the charter way - Spice up a charter by throwing in some competitive fun Chartering isn’t always about lolling around at anchor in turquoise splendor. For avid racers, bareboat chartering offers a chance to enjoy competition in new and exciting venues, with fresh opponen...]]> A passage to Sweden - A learn-to-sail offshore charter through the Baltic Sea more than made up for a canceled transatlantic Ever since I caught the offshore sailing bug some 15 years ago, I’ve aspired to sail across the North Atlantic. Plenty of people have done it, many of them multiple times. I bet, as I write, there�...]]> The latest and greatest - Manufacturers share their latest innovations in their lines We asked manufacturers at the Miami International Boat Show about their companies, their boats and the latest innovations coming down the pike....]]> Hunting for sailing treasure - Navigate swaps, sales and even the trash to find boat bits to help outfit on a budget In a single-use society, it can be tough to find products that last forever, especially when you live on the ocean. Salt has its way of creeping into everything, furthering decay as it reclaims the ob...]]> Guide to fitting out - Get your boat in shape for the sailing season to maximize your time on the water There is nothing worse than wasting precious time fixing things when you could be sailing. That’s why it makes sense to spend extra time before launch day, or before the best sailing of the year for...]]> A rip-roaring good time - A return to Key West Key West racing is back. And this time it’s a little different.Spaceman Spiff, which finished third in the class, cruises downwind.Walter Cooper photoFor 30 years, Key West Race Week was a mecca for...]]> Saved from the scrap heap - After falling off its jackstands, a J/105 gets repaired and retrofitted by a new owner During a fierce winter storm that plowed across New England in March 2018, the J/105 Eclipse tumbled off its jackstands at the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly, Massachusetts. Not unlike Humpty Dumpty’...]]> Welcome aboard - Woman sailors are joining professional men-only racing teams after organizations such SailGP, the Ocean Race and the America’s Cup force the change with new rules The SailGP women racing as part of the organization’s pathway program get ready to sail in Cádiz, Spain, from left to right, Nina Curtis, Andrea Emone, Liv Mackay, Katja Salskov-Iversen, Hannah Mil...]]> Sailing's Promise - 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...]]> The Best Sailing Innovations - We asked notable sailors to share their picks for the gear innovations that have made the biggest impact on sailing Retractable bowsprits and A-sails By Jeff Johnstone, J/Boats presidentBowsprits (and the flying jibs attached to them) have been around for hundreds of years. In the days when mast height w...]]> Pedal to the Medal - 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 ...]]> Viva Ensenada - 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...]]> Passage to nowhere - 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...]]> Where Waka and Wild Meet - 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...]]> Sailing the American Riviera - 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...]]> Busman's Holiday - 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...]]> Top 10 Places to get back into the charter groove - 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...]]> Charter with Abandon - 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 ...]]> The Danger of Deferred Maintenance - 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 ...]]> No Magic Touch - 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...]]> Paradise Bound, Sanctuary Found - 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...]]>