Sailing Magazine - Features Thu, 25 Jul 24 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Safety at sea - Anatomy of a life jacket The crew aboard the Sydney 38 Clockwork fights through heavy weather under storm trysail off the coast of Tasmania near the finish of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Kurt Arrigo/Rolex photoOne of the mo...]]> Racing mode activated - A liveaboard cruising couple hits the race course in scenic and fun regatta and finds a new reason to love their boat The tropical sun beat down on us and we found relief in every puff of wind. Perhaps each breath that grazed my cheek and filled our sails was a promise of more to come or a personal “good luck” ki...]]> Back to School - Students share the sailing school experiences that have changed their lives and make them full-fledged sailors Sailing schools have come a long way over the years. What started with classes to teach the basics has turned into formal courses designed for lifelong learning. Sailors continue taking courses not ju...]]> Sailor's Delight - A return trip to the British Virgin Islands designed to maximizing sailing miles is a panacea for a group of northern sailors We were sailing on a reach, a stiff 25-knot trade wind filling our sails and kicking up whitecaps across the teal water. Behind us, the dark form of islands rising from the water slowly retreated and,...]]> No passport required - The United States Virgin Islands offer unparalleled charter cruising  Charter sailors who fly into St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, and quickly hustle to the ferry dock to catch a ride to the BVIs don’t know what they are missing. From Christmas C...]]> Cruising connection - Sailing the San Juan Islands brings both joy and challenges to an extended family that finds kindred spirits along the way I think we’ve lost steering,” my brother Alex said in a calm, matter-of-fact voice, his tone out of place in light of our situation. Kyoko and four-legged family members buzz back to the boa...]]> Keeping history alive - The Pacific Northwest community gathers each year to celebrate the culture and craft of wooden boats at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival Who jumps in a truck, drives 1,300 miles from one corner of the country to the other, to see a bunch of wooden boats? We do. Jerry, Marcia, Shelly and me. Together, and separately, the four of us have...]]> Chasing a dream - A sailor takes on a quest to restore the famous Alden Schooner When and If and sail her off into the sunset Seth Salzmann was never a 9-to-5 guy living out an ordinary existence. His eyes were always on bigger dreams, like sailing around the world. These days, Salzmann is owner and captain of When and If, a...]]> Gifts for Sailors - SAILING’s editors pick their favorite gifts ideas sailors of all stripes Outboard sling Anyone who has tried to pass an outboard motor from a wobbly dinghy to a person on deck knows that it’s an unpleasant task with the potential for disaster. The Barton Marine outboard...]]> New Boat Showcase - From an ultra-fast sportboat, to a flagship with push-button sailing control, this year’s fleet of new boats has something for every type of sailor Cape 31   This exciting high-performance one-design racer exploded on the regatta scene in 2023, with super sportboat performance. Designed by Mark Mills and built in Cape Town, South Africa, t...]]> The tradition continues - Famous for his yellow Bahamian wooden racing sloops, Hughrie Lloyd builds each by hand from designs drawn in sand In his yellow house up the hill in the tiny settlement in Exuma, Bahamas, 80-year-old Hughrie Lloyd  rises each day and heads out back to his shop. On a sand floor, with no plans, he builds Baham...]]> America's Cup for All - A new series of races gives women and young sailors opportunity for foiling in Barcelona It’s unlikely that any women or youth sailors will race aboard the foiling AC75s when the 37th America’s Cup gets underway next year in Barcelona, Spain. But they will have a chance to compete in ...]]> Race to Molokai - The Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii is becoming a family affair The 2023 Transpacific Yacht Race wasn’t a record-breaker if you check the top boat speeds and elapsed times. But from a relative standpoint, the race knocked it out of the park. The 52nd running of ...]]> The wide, wide world of multihulls - What to know before you take the plunge and purchase a boat with more than one hull One of our earliest family sailing charters was along the Florida Panhandle 20 years ago aboard a 34-foot Tony Smith-designed Gemini 105M catamaran. We thought our two kids would love this boat, but w...]]> All for one, one for all, in the Abacos - An all-woman bareboat charter in the Bahamas becomes a team effort where learning and having fun are the best part of cruising The cays have rebounded after Hurricane Dorian. Perched like a tiara at the northernmost tip of the Bahamas, the Abacos is a chain of barrier islands that forms the cruising paradise known as the...]]> Allure of Anguilla - A charter cruise through the waters off St. Martin offers sparkling waters, delectable food and unsurpassed relaxation I was sold on the appeal of one of the Caribbean’s most popular cruising destinations before we’d even cast off from the dock for our weeklong bareboat charter on Wallis, a 45-foot Moorings c...]]> Through the big ditch - The ups and downs of a transit through the Panama Canal goes smoothly with the Panama Posse Of my many madcap boating adventures around the world, transiting the Panama Canal is the one that always elicits the most oohs and aahs. It’s been declared “the epitome of man’s mastery over na...]]> Fast and furious around the flamingo - Every winter, women head to Southern California for a weekend of one-design racing It was fast, it was frenetic, and it was fun. The Women’s Winter Invitational Regatta brought 26 teams from across the United States and Canada, plus one from Brazil, to the San Diego Yacht Club in ...]]> He was just Buddy Buddy Melges understood wind like no other sailor, so it is all the more fitting to say he was a breath of fresh air in the world of sailing.Although he won national championships 10 times and two Oly...]]> Expert tips for sailing school success Sailing courses have come a long way. Long gone are one-size-fits-all courses that focus mostly on basics and pigeonhole students into a regimented curriculum. Today sailing courses are focused on lif...]]> Racing on Island Time - There’s plenty of ways to get sailing and get in on the serious fun at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta The breeze started to build as we powered out of Simpson Bay’s IGY Marina on our way to catch the 10:30 bridge opening. Hank Schmitt, the skipper of the Swan 48 Avocation, and the rest of the crew r...]]> Picture Perfect - A charter cruise through the Sea of Cortez in Baja California is filled with wildlife above and below the water. Photography by Mark Albertazzi and Eddie Frank With bags and camera gear in tow, we’re taking advantage of the Cross Border Xpress pedestrian bridge from San Diego directly into the Tijuana International Airport. Much to the surprise of the Mexi...]]> Hove to in the gales of Biscay - John Kretschmer needed his full kit of storm sailing tactics to get through a fraught passage across the famously nasty bay I first downloaded the American GFS weather model, and it didn’t look good. I tried the ECMWF European model, but it was worse. I even downloaded the German ICON model, but no matter how many w...]]> Ready to sail - Finding issues before they become big problems should be at the top of every boat’s fitting out list It’s launch day. Are you ready?  Regardless of whether your boat is about to be splashed after a winter layup or if you’re pulling a boat for annual maintenance, there’s a lot to be done t...]]> From dusty project to race ready - A young couple restores a Victory 21 built nearly 40 years before they were born My heart pounded as adrenaline flooded my veins, the wind biting my cheeks as we threaded through the oncoming vessels that were fighting for our prime position. It was the 69th annual High Sierra Reg...]]> Greenland Adventure - A pair of friends sail a small catamaran across the North Sea to explore the wild coast and climb mountains A 15-knot breeze swept across the beach of Piriac-sur-mer, a small Breton town on the Atlantic coast of France, much to the delight of the members of the local sailing club. The June sun warmed t...]]> 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....]]>