Cruising Grounds There’s always an anchorage around the bend when you’re cruising the rivers and sloughs of California’s Central Valley

Much of our world has lost a proper sense of the journey, but not the world of sail. A friend of mine once told me how he sailed his two boys 80 miles up the Sacramento River from San Francisco. “We went when the boys were 14 and 12,” he said. “Along the way we


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Expert Advice

The Practical Side, Please

by Sail Staff, Posted August 10, 2008
HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT CHARTERING?

Readers want to know: How to get there; when to go; what to pack. I'm not a travel agent—far from it—but I do have some practical experience to share, especially when it comes to the Caribbean.

How to get there. San Juan, Puerto Rico, has long been the hub for travel from the U.S. mainland to the islands, and American


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Profiles

Ed Baird on the Fast Cats

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
By Kimball Livingston

I wasn't far along with my project of the day, querying America's Cup helmsman Ed Baird about sailing these real fast multihulls he's racing nowadays, when he interjected, "A lot of my friends have been asking the same questions you're asking, and yes it's different but it's not so different. I grew up racing Lasers and the like, and when boards


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Inshore Racing

2008OlympicCrazyGlasses

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

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Mid-Summer Checkup

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
By Peter Nielsen

Boats tend to get a thorough inspection in the spring, when commissioning demands the attention of the owner, the yard, or both. It happens again in the fall, when everything is being winterized. Problems, however, don’t usually have the good grace to wait until the end of the season. Some pre-emptive action during the summer could save you a big headache. Why not


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