Cruising

Chip and Nan Davison

by Sail Staff, Posted November 19, 2009
Boat make: Dawn 48Owners/ admiral and captain: Nan and Chip Davison / Boothbay, MECrew: Sam Scott, Scott Briggs, Jeff Curtis, Charlie Cochrane, Brett Korpella

It has been a dream of Chip’s to do the Caribbean 1500 and we definitely picked the right year to make the trip. What a sail! One of our goals was to share this offshore


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Cruising

They Rescue the Rescuers

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 19, 2009
Every day, men and women of the Coast Guard risk their lives to save people in need in the oceans, rivers and bays across the country. But who takes care of the Coast Guard? The Coast Guard Foundation, now in its 40th year, is honoring its officers with a new one-in-a-million campaign and various celebrations.

October 28, 2009: A Coast Guard helicopter rescued five people after their boat


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Boat Reviews

Best Boats 2010

by Nigel Calder, Posted November 19, 2009
SAIL scoured the fall boat shows for the shining stars among this year's crop of new boats. Here they are

There was a buzz around the docks at the Annapolis and Newport shows, and it wasn't the sound of the plague of locusts we were half expecting, given the disasters of recent months and years. No, the sun shone, the water sparkled, the brightwork gleamed, and you all came to the show.


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Cruising

Nanny Cay or Bust!

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 18, 2009
To hear firsthand accounts from the participants of the rally, check out their stories on the right under "Tales from the Rally."

Twenty years ago, an enthusiastic cruiser introduced a group of boats to the concept of an offshore sailing rally, where they could travel as a community from the states to the Caribbean to while away the winter.


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Sails

Luff Considerations

by Win Fowler, Posted November 15, 2009

Bob Boller of Benicia, Califonia, asks:

 

"I have three headsails for my 1980 Catalina 30 and their LPs are 85, 110 and 150. As it does on many cruising boats, the bow pulpit interferes with the lower portion of the sails, especially the smaller two. What do you think about slightly raising the tacks of the sails up the forestay? What effect will that have on the performance


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