Sailing Magazine - Features https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-116-1-features.html Thu, 26 May 22 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Racing the charter way - Spice up a charter by throwing in some competitive fun https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2398-racing-the-charter-way.html 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...]]> The latest and greatest - Manufacturers share their latest innovations in their lines https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2383-the-latest-and-greatest.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2387-hunting-for-sailing-treasure.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2389-guide-to-fitting-out.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2390-a-rip-roaring-good-time.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2378-saved-from-the-scrap-heap.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2379-welcome-aboard.html 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 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...]]> The Best Sailing Innovations - We asked notable sailors to share their picks for the gear innovations that have made the biggest impact on sailing https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2362-the-best-sailing-innovations.html 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 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?��...]]>