Time was that massive racing monohulls represented the cutting edge of yacht design. The famed schooner America, with her radical lines and sails, set the example for subsequent America’s Cups through to the 1930s, the era of the magnificent J Class. It was a similar story with the larger “skimming-dish” centerboard schooners of the 1870s.
A few years back I made the decision to ditch my pressure-cooker job in favor of a midlife sailing hiatus. I went searching for my floating getaway machine, and given my modest economic status at the time, one name kept popping up: Catalina. “They sail well, and you get a lot of boat for your
For as long as people have been taking to the sea, they’ve needed a way to signal for help, guide rescuers to them in dire situations and terrible conditions. Since the mid-1800s up until recently, the go-to device for this has been the pyrotechnic flare. And with good reason, they are very effective, they burn
With the dollar almost at parity with the Euro, there’s never been a better time to go chartering in Europe. Here’s a quick guide to where and when to go, and how to get there. Croatia To understand why Croatia has become one of the world’s top charter destinations, just open up Google Earth and
Out of Lisbon in the Gulf of Cadiz tonight and southbound for Tangier, with 20 to 25 knots of wind on the port quarter and 5ft to 8ft seas, we’re reaching at nearly 10 knots. The motion is easy, the angle of heel steady at five to 10 degrees, and there’s no question that we
First came a stroll down the canting keel of his IMOCA 60, Hugo Boss, while under sail. After that came a sprint up the mast. For the third installment in Alex Thomson’s “walk” trilogy, however, he had to employ one of the other vessels in his personal fleet, a diminutive kiteboard, to help launch himself
As if there was any doubt, January’s Boot Düsseldorf show once again lived up to its billing as the world’s top boat and watersports show. A quarter of a million boat nuts flocked to the massive exhibition center on the banks of the Rhine for the nine-day event. Although this show caters to just about
Germany’s renowned Dehler brand underwent some serious rejuvenation therapy after it was acquired by Hanse Yachts a few years ago. The boats are now being built in Vietnam, at the combined Seawind and Corsair trimaran facility in Ho Chi Minh City, where several new models are under development. The first result of the union was