Sailing Magazine - Features Thu, 21 Sep 23 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]> 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...]]> 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...]]> 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....]]> 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...]]>