Sailing Magazine - Features https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-116-1-features.html Wed, 20 Oct 21 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Sailing's Promise - Bluewater sailor John Kretschmer reflects on savoring the best parts of sailing, even when they aren’t great https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2348-sailings-promise.html 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...]]> Pedal to the Medal - The US Sailing Olympic team heads to Tokyo looking to win gold https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2342-pedal-to-the-medal.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2343-viva-ensenada.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2330-passage-to-nowhere.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2331-where-waka-and-wild-meet.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2320-sailing-the-american-riviera.html 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. https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2321-busmans-holiday.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2322-top-10-places-to-get-back-into-the-charter-groove.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2323-charter-with-abandon.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2298-the-danger-of-deferred-maintenance.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2297-no-magic-touch.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2292-paradise-bound-sanctuary-found.html 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...]]> Young Again - 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2290-young-again.html 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...]]> Cruising to Smuggler's Cove - Just 16 miles from San Diego, Mexico’s Coronado Islands are a perfect spot for a staycation cruise https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2286-cruising-to-smugglers-cove.html 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...]]> Wizards of Wood - Experts in cold-molded boatbuilding, Van Dam Custom Yachts launches its latest creation, the 44-foot Italmas on Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2276-wizards-of-wood.html 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...]]> Gift for sailors - SAILING’s editors share their picks for holiday gift giving https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2277-gift-for-sailors.html 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,...]]> New Boat Showcase - Canceled boat shows aren’t keeping manufacturers from launching a fleet of fast, fun and exciting new boats https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2263-new-boat-showcase.html  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...]]> Farewell to brothers of the sea - 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2264-farewell-to-brothers-of-the-sea.html 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...]]> Searching for Ms. Right - Patience and perseverance pays off for a young couple’s quest for the perfect boat https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2249-searching-for-ms-right.html 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 ...]]> What great chartering - No need to look farther than your own back yard https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2250-what-great-chartering.html How do you scratch the adventure sailing itch when air travel is challenging and a worldwide pandemic restricts entry to some countries? To paraphrase Dorothy Gale, you don’t need to look any farthe...]]> Enchanted Charter - A cruising couple fall in love with a classic yawl on a charter off the Maine coast https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2251-enchanted-charter.html 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...]]> The Cactus Club - For more than 60 years, an avid group of sailors from the Arizona Yacht Club has been sailing in the Sonoran Desert https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2231-the-cactus-club.html Onne van der Wal photoWhen Bob Naylor visited a yacht club on the East Coast and presented his yacht club card that features a cactus on its burgee he was met with a quizzical look. “Is this real?��...]]> A new approach - There’s never been a better time to improve your sailing skills in creative new ways https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2225-a-new-approach.html Shorthanded sailing, whether it be racing, daysailing or cruising is a great way to improve your sailing skills.  Sailors know that their sport is uniquely suited to a time of uncertainty, after ...]]> Plotting a course to Caribbean sabbatical cruise - John Kretschmer shares his wealth of knowledge on the logistics of a Caribbean sabbatical so you can do it too https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2221-plotting-a-course-to-caribbean-sabbatical-cruise.html I recall my first Caribbean landfall like it was yesterday. And trust me, it wasn’t yesterday—it was 40 years ago. It was November and we were heading south from Bermuda. After five days we e...]]> Big fun in a teacup pram - The little stitch-and-glue home-built Frosty won over sailors with its good performance and affordability https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2215-big-fun-in-a-teacup-pram.html Winter weather on Massachusetts’s Cape Cod can force competitive sailors indoors with little to do but wait out the long months until they can sail again. More than 40 years ago, Harwich Harbormaste...]]> How to live the dream - We asked liveaboard cruisers how they left life on land behind and headed to sea for adventure and a change of pace https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2216-how-to-live-the-dream.html Most sailors have entertained the idea, even if only in passing, of leaving life on land and setting out to cruise the world on a sturdy sailboat ready for adventure. Although many dream, few actually...]]> Back in the BVI - A young couple brought their baby on a charter to the British Virgin Islands, now they return with a rambunctious 7-year-old young sailor https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2207-back-in-the-bvi.html I cried when our son Sam was born and again when he rode his bike without training wheels for the first time. And since I was a skier before I became a sailor, I burst into tears when our cute li...]]> Shifting gears into cruising mode - When the Golden Rock Regatta was cancelled, this crew of racers changed plans and switched to charter cruising in the Leeward Islands https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2208-shifting-gears-into-cruising-mode.html Betsy Senescu photo I never intended to pull a bait and switch. When my husband Barry and I invited avid racing friends to join us in the Caribbean, our intent was to compete in the Golden R...]]> Into the wild - A cruise through Alaska’s Prince William Sound brings sailors into the heart of the splendid wilderness https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2217-into-the-wild.html Dorian goes high to navigate through the ice as Qilak leaves Columbia Bay.Julien Giradot photoLiterary masters including Jack London and John Muir have described the beauty of Alaska with more talent,...]]> Sailing into the season - An illustrated guide to fitting out https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2188-sailing-into-the-season.html  Make the most of the precious sailing season by getting your boat ready to go.  SailsInspect your sails, paying particular attention to high-stress points including the tack, clew and head....]]>