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  • Lovango Cruiser Resort Opens in the USVI
    par Laurie Fullerton le 07/12/2021 à 4:51

    The much-anticipated opening of Lovango Resort and Beach Club, on December 20th will mark the first time in nearly 30 years that a new resort has opened in the US Virgin Islands. "Lovango" as the locals call it is a private island just across the bay from St. John, and the resort and beach club ...

  • Refurbishing Shirley Rose: Part 4
    par Greg MacIver le 06/12/2021 à 5:11

    To read part 1, click here. When I began repairs on my Santana 27, Shirley Rose, I focused on the major systems rather than cosmetics. My goal was to create a safe boat for the often rough conditions on San Francisco Bay, and I didn’t much care about winning any beauty contests. That said, […]

  • VIDEO: World Sailing Awards 2021
    par Lydia Mullan le 03/12/2021 à 5:09

    Alec Wilkinson and Hannah White host the World Sailing Awards and announce the Rolex World Sailor of the Year and 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.  December 2021

  • Cruising: Miracle On Ice
    par Ray Jason le 01/12/2021 à 8:55

    I was preparing some tea just before heading topside for my watch. Even though it was summertime, the tea was not iced—it was hot. That’s because our boat was in the High Arctic. We were trying to complete a westbound transit of the treacherous Northwest Passage. If we succeeded, it […]

  • New Monohulls: Hallberg-Rassy 400 & Hanse 460
    par Adam Cort le 30/11/2021 à 5:14

    For all the consolidation in the boatbuilding world in recent years, there remains plenty of variety out there, as can be seen in these two new monohulls. The products of two very different boatbuilders offer two very different takes on performance-cruising, even as they also both offer much of the […]

  • The Power of Sails
    par Charles J. Doane le 29/11/2021 à 4:45

    I suppose it isn’t merely a coincidence that I’ve made significant changes to the sailplans of the last three cruising boats I’ve owned. The first project was the biggest. My old Golden Hind 31, Sophie, had lots of charm and character, but her sloop rig was laughably small. After […]

  • Charter the Sea of Cortez
    par Zuzana Prochazka le 24/11/2021 à 3:39

    Chartering and the notion of going “off the beaten path” may sound self-contradictory. Charter companies tend to put bases where demand is high and they can turn a profit, so if you’re lucky enough to find an outfit and a destination that gets away from the typical—say yes. […]

  • Cruising: Anchoring Skills
    par Zuzana Prochazka le 23/11/2021 à 4:40

    Watching charterers make a run for the last mooring in a cove is fun—and weird. I always wonder why so many would rather try to catch a mooring than drop the hook. Maybe charterers don’t trust their anchoring skills, but it’s harder to drive up and grab a buoy than most people […]

  • 11th Hour Breakdown in the TJV
    par Lydia Mullan le 22/11/2021 à 7:52

    11th Hour Racing’s Mālama kicked off the second week of the Transat Jaques Vabre with keel problems, forcing co-skippers Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry to adjust for a more conservative approach to the race’s remaining 2000 miles. “We’ve been dealing with a […]

  • Rolex Nominations Open
    par Lydia Mullan le 19/11/2021 à 5:07

    Award season is upon us, and US Sailing is looking for the next Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex since 1980, the annual Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize individual male and female sailors from the United ...

  • Buying a New Main Sail
    par Emily Greenberg le 17/11/2021 à 4:22

    I’ve always known the importance of having good sails. As a low-budget boat punk, I prioritize making sure I can get where I’m going with the help of the wind, as opposed to under power. It isn’t necessarily my goal to be engineless, or basically engineless. It just happens that […]

  • VIDEO: Protocol and Class Rules of the Next America’s Cup
    par Lydia Mullan le 17/11/2021 à 3:59

    The Defender, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and Challenger of the Record, INEOS Britannia, have announced the protocol and class rules for the 37th America’s Cup. According to team CEO Grant Dalton, “As the oldest trophy in international sport, the America’s Cup maintains its […]

  • Are You Ready to Bareboat Charter?
    par Zuzana Prochazka le 16/11/2021 à 5:18

    Judging your own readiness is never easy. That goes double for chartering and running a yacht on vacation. What I hear most often from first-time charter guests is that they’ve been sailing for decades, so how different can it be to charter? The truth is it’s very different because […]

  • Looking Ahead at the USVI Charter Show
    par Laurie Fullerton le 15/11/2021 à 1:28

    St. Thomas, US V.I. – While the crewed charter and bareboat industry are clearly slated for a very busy sailing season, the recent Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) show https://vipca.org/usvi-charter-yacht-show/ held in Charlotte Amalie Nov. 7-10 highlighted much of […]

  • Trailer Travails in Miami
    par Thomas Champney le 10/11/2021 à 2:51

    Gragkkkk! Schschs! These are NOT the sounds you want to hear as you trailer your boat to the launch ramp. I was about a mile away from the ramp at the time, and looking in the rearview mirror I immediately noticed Betty Jane, my 1982 Mystic 20 Catboat, was now riding a good deal lower than she ...

  • Virgin Islands Charter Yacht Show
    par Laurie Fullerton le 09/11/2021 à 1:37

    St Thomas, US VI - Anticipation is running high for a busy crewed charter yacht sailing season based on reports from captains, crews and yacht brokers attending the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht Association (VIPCA) show, which took place Nov. 7 to Nov. 10. "Our season is just getting […]

  • Boat Review: Corsair 880
    par Adam Cort le 08/11/2021 à 3:21

    I’ve often written in boat reviews over the years that pretty much any boat sails well in 15 knots of breeze (typically as a word of explanation as to why sail trials done in drifting conditions are as relevant as those done in a small gale). However, it recently occurred to me there is an ...

  • Provisioning Tips For Eating Well At Sea
    par Emma Garschagen le 05/11/2021 à 6:48

    Following a taco dinner and brief nap at anchor, the Swan 59 Icebear set sail from Falmouth, Antigua, weighing anchor at about 20 minutes to midnight. The first passage of the season had begun. As Icebear’s chief mate, one of my responsibilities is stocking the boat with food and water before […]

  • Exploring the Exumas
    par Zuzana Prochazka le 03/11/2021 à 2:17

    I typically don’t ask the crew about their favorite parts of a charter until it’s done. After all, how can you pick a highlight on, say, Day 2? I broke that rule, though, on a recent sail through the Exumas, the chain of Bahamian islands that extends in a southeasterly direction from […]

  • Brown Bests Spets' Around Jamestown Record
    par Lydia Mullan le 01/11/2021 à 2:34

    Less than two weeks after the Rob Spets set a new kiteboarding record for circumnavigating Jamestown, Casey Brown has claimed the record from him, taking three minutes and six seconds off Spet’s 50 minute and 48 second time. Brown completed the 17.8nm course on his Foiling Kiteboard, Wyspa […]

  • Globe 5.80 Transat Starting this Weekend
    par Sail Staff le 29/10/2021 à 2:29

    What has got to be one of the coolest, if not the coolest race of the year is set to kickoff this weekend—on Halloween no less. Known as the Globe 5.80 Transat, the race is the brainchild of veteran adventurer and creator of the 2018 Golden Globe Race, Don McIntyre. The race will feature a […]

  • Point of SAIL: Bluewater YouTuber Sam Holmes
    par Adam Cort le 27/10/2021 à 11:43

    In this episode of Point of SAIL, sponsored by West System Epoxy, Principal Editor Adam Cort talks with Sam Holmes, a solo-sailor who has not only logged some serious bluewater miles but brought thousands of fans along for the ride through his many disarmingly unpretentious YouTube videos. As part […]

  • Racing is Back
    par SAIL Editors le 26/10/2021 à 1:33

    For all that the pandemic turned the world upside down, the summer of 2020 proved to be a surprisingly good one for sailing. Sales of boats—both new and used—went through the roof, and sailors everywhere found ways of getting out on the water, either alone or with friends and family as […]

  • Alex Thomson Won’t Compete in Vendée Globe
    par Adam Cort le 25/10/2021 à 2:06

    Veteran British solo-sailor Alex Thomson has announced he won’t compete as a skipper in the 2024 Vendée Globe. However, he isn’t ruling out returning to the race in 2028. Thomson has competed in the IMOCA circuit for 19 years, including five successive Vendée Globe’s […]

  • Kiteboarder Sets New Jamestown Record
    par Lydia Mullan le 22/10/2021 à 7:45

    Rob Spets is the new record holder for the around-Jamestown circumnavigation aboard his foiling kiteboard Skellinger. His lap took 50 minutes and 48 seconds, improving the previous record set by Jason Carroll by 1 minute and 14 seconds. Spets completed the course in an 18-knot west-southwest ...

  • Bill Tilman’s Simple Sailing
    par Jeffrey McCarthy le 20/10/2021 à 3:32

    Like an ostrich on a bad day, I’m head-down in the lazarette of Nellie, my Beneteau First 42, dealing with the propane tank. My wife taps me on the shoulder, and I rise to see a pair of foiling catamarans accelerating onto their carbon-fiber wings. As the blood drains from my head, their […]

  • Olympic Sailing: Where to Now?
    par Adam Cort le 20/10/2021 à 3:03

    It’s official, not only is the United States no longer an Olympic power when it comes to sailing, it’s fast beginnings look like an also-ran—albeit an also-ran with loads of potential. What other conclusion is there to draw from the fact that for the second time in three […]

  • Return of the Annapolis Boat Show
    par Lydia Mullan le 19/10/2021 à 4:54

    After a hiatus in 2020, the United States Boat Show in Annapolis, Maryland returned in full force last weekend. “Pent up demand” was the name of the game for visitors and exhibitors alike. Queues to get in each morning stretched around the block, and the docks were congested with […]

  • Sailing Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2021
    par Lydia Mullan le 18/10/2021 à 3:16

    This weekend, the National Sailing Hall of Fame has inducted eleven new members to make up the class of 2021. “The remarkable achievements of this year’s class exemplify excellence and an unwavering dedication to our sport,” said National Sailing Hall of Fame president Gus […]

  • Mirabaud Voting Open to the Public
    par Lydia Mullan le 15/10/2021 à 4:37

    Photos from the industry's top photographers are in, and the 12th annual Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image competition is underway. An international panel of judges has selected this year's 80 finalists, which have been published online. The panel will also select the winner of the competition's main ...

  • Annapolis’ Boat Show is Back
    par Lydia Mullan le 13/10/2021 à 7:31

    After a year off in 2020, the United States Boat Show in Annapolis is back. From the diminutive Areys Pond Cat 14 XFC to the massive Lagoon Sixty 5, many of the SAIL’s 2022 Best Boats Nominees are on display for the public to get a firsthand look at, and SAIL’s Best Boats panel will be […]

  • Close-Hauled to Hawaii
    par Ellen Massey Leonard le 12/10/2021 à 1:46

    The saying “Nothing goes to windward like a 747,” is one of my favorites. I actually once took a 747 upwind, retracing my earlier downwind sailing route across the Pacific. I’ve also done a fair bit of ocean sailing to windward. The 747 was a lot more comfortable. But then again, […]

  • Refurbishing Shirley Rose: Part 3
    par Greg MacIver le 12/10/2021 à 1:39

    If you missed the first installment, click here. The hull and deck of Shirley Rose had been repaired, but what kind of sailboat would she be without a sturdy rig? I was told she was ready to sail, and that the owner replaced the standing rigging a few years before. Shirley Rose is a single-spreader […]

  • Mini Transat: Bouroullec and Fink Win Leg One
    par Lydia Mullan le 07/10/2021 à 4:44

    The Mini Transat is a roughly 4000-mile course that comprises two legs— Les Sables D’Olonne, France to Santa Cruz de La Palma in the Canaries, and Santa Cruz de La Palma to the French Caribbean island Guadeloupe. Two fleets of Mini 6.50s compete—the Production class in […]

  • Book Excerpt: Taken By The Wind
    par Mike Jacker le 07/10/2021 à 2:49

    In 1975, as a senior at Harvard, the question for Chicago-area sailor Mike Jacker became what to do next. The answer, as related in his new book Taken by the Wind, was to make a small-boat voyage to Tahiti with his grade-school friend Louis Gordon and Harvard classmate Clark Pellett, what Jacker ...

  • The RORC Caribbean 600 is Back
    par Lydia Mullan le 06/10/2021 à 4:40

    With a start planned for February 21 in Antigua, the famed 600-mile Caribbean race is back. The course circumnavigates 11 Caribbean islands starting from English Harbour, Antigua, and heading north to St Maarten and south to Guadeloupe, passing Barbuda, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba and St Barth's along ...

  • The Ocean Race Europe
    par Lydia Mullan le 05/10/2021 à 2:20

    The fully crewed, round-the-world Ocean Race has experienced tremendous change over the years. From the 1993 transition to a one-design fleet to an ever-shifting route, what began as the amateur Whitbread Round the World Yacht Regatta in 1972 is a very different race today. The latest round of ...

  • Sail Inventories for Ocean Racing
    par Andy Schell le 04/10/2021 à 4:36

    We’re currently outfitting and refitting our Swan 59, Icebear, for the upcoming, round-the-world Ocean Globe Race (OGR, oceangloberace.com) in 2023, a reenactment of the early Whitbread races. In 1985, Nautor’s Swan placed a “factory” entry into the Whitbread, Fazer Finland, […]

  • VIDEO: Sailing Drones to Gather Hurricane Data
    par Lydia Mullan le 01/10/2021 à 2:43

    NOAA and Saildrone Inc. have teamed up to pilot five new saildrones in the Atlantic to gather data that will improve the understanding of hurricanes. Yesterday SD1045, one of the sail-powered data collection bots, got a look at Hurricane Sam, a category 4 hurricane currently off the US east coast. […]

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events in the South Pacific
    par Laurence Pane le 30/09/2021 à 2:26

    There is something almost mystical and more than a little eerie about scuba diving in the deep ocean, hundreds of miles from land and a mile from the bottom. You are surrounded by blue, all shades of blue, vanishing into deep black as you look down. No fish, no coral, just endless blue. ...

  • New Zealand and Columbia Win 12 Metre North American Championship
    par Lydia Mullan le 28/09/2021 à 6:26

    The one word to sum up the 2021 12 Metre North American Championship is “variety.” Over three days, the eight-boat fleet saw everything from postponement due to a squall to an early start to capitalize on a scant 5-8 knots before being becalmed. “If you would have said last […]

  • Waterlines: Down With His Ship
    par Charles J. Doane le 28/09/2021 à 6:10

    Thanks to my long connection with this magazine I’ve had many opportunities to sail with some exceptional people. One of my more memorable outings came 18 years ago when I was sent down to Colombia to sail in La Ruta de Morgan, a local event that saw a modest fleet of boats racing some 400 […]

  • A Storm by Any Other Name
    par Adam Cort le 27/09/2021 à 12:30

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricanes (the term most U.S. sailors are familiar with) and typhoons are just two different names for the same weather phenomenon: tropical cyclones, i.e., “a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that […]

  • Cyclone Season in Polynesia
    par Joanna Hutchinson le 24/09/2021 à 2:59

    Thinking of spending cyclone season in the South Pacific? Plenty of sailors take the chance every year, with the recent travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic making this an especially popular option in 2020. Cyclone season in this part of the world runs from November to April, with the areas […]

  • Eight Bells: Bruce Kirby, Creator of the Laser
    par Adam Cort le 23/09/2021 à 4:23

    With 2021 drawing to a close, Laser sailors find themselves reflecting on both their class’s 50th anniversary and the passing of the man who made it all possible: Canadian designer, sailor and sailing journalist, Bruce Kirby. Kirby, who died this past July at the age of 92, started sailing ...

  • Southern Yacht Club Wins Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup
    par Laurie Fullerton le 22/09/2021 à 3:08

      Newport, R.I. -- The 7th Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup wrapped up on Saturday after five days of highly competitive racing in an international fleet that saw the Southern Yacht Club (SYC) of New Orleans best a fleet of 19 teams from Europe, Canada, Bermuda and around the US for […]

  • Boat Review: Dufour 530
    par Zuzana Prochazka le 20/09/2021 à 3:46

    Dufour Yachts seems to have shifted its strategy with the introduction of the new 530. Previously, the French builder maintained two lines: Performance and Grand Large, with the latter targeted at the cruising crowd. With the Dufour 530, however, Dufour decided to combine the two approaches in a ...

  • 11th Hour Christens Two IMOCAs, Hits a Snag
    par Lydia Mullan le 17/09/2021 à 4:05

    This week has been a big one for the American-founded, sustainability-centric ocean racing team 11th Hour Racing. In addition to christening their two new boats, the team also took them out for a quick test ride—against some of the most intense IMOCA 60 skippers in the world. First, on Monday […]

  • Clewless in the Pacific
    par John Cruz le 15/09/2021 à 6:09

    Squalls are well known to sailors who cruise the middle Latitudes. Eventually, you become complacent to their bluster. But squalls vary in magnitude, and while crossing from Tahiti to Oahu, our 47ft Custom Stevens sloop paid the price for carrying too much canvass as we were batted over by a sudden […]

  • SAIL’s Nigel Calder Talks Electrical Systems at Trawlerfest Baltimore
    par Lydia Mullan le 15/09/2021 à 2:06

    At the upcoming Trawlerfest Baltimore, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 3, SAIL magazine regular contributor Nigel Calder will give the low down on electrical systems as part of the show’s seminar series.  The talk will be Saturday, October 2 at 9am. Electrical systems are now the number one cause […]

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