Inshore Racing

End Game

by Sail Staff, Posted June 17, 2008
If you pay attention to national and international sailing news, you will have noticed:

1. US SAILING, the national organizing body of competitive sailing in the USA, has made a strong push to require the skipper of any boat competing in any U.S. regatta to be a member of US SAILING.

2. This was not popular.

In many sports, membership in the governing body is mandatory. In some


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Apparel + Accessories

Puma Barrel Bag

by Sail Staff, Posted June 13, 2008
By David Schmidt

Finding the right ocean-going seabag isn’t easy. Buy one that's too big, and you’ll fill it (to the annoyance of your skipper, who might send you packing to repack). Buy one that’s too small, and you’ll likely regret that too.

Luckily, the new Barrel Bag, part of Puma’s sailing gear for its Volvo Ocean Race team, is


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Cruising

Sticking It To the Pirates

by Sail Staff, Posted June 12, 2008
The UN Security Council, in an unprecedented move, voted unanimously to authorize states to enter Somalia's territorial waters in the Indian Ocean to fight piracy. With 31 hijackings and attempted hijackings reported off the Somali coast last year, the UN finds that piracy in this area has become a threat to international and regional peace and security.

States are authorized to use all


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Boatworks

Beat the Wrap

by Sail Staff, Posted June 12, 2008
Many furling gear problems can be traced to one simple cause

By Peter Nielsen

The last thing you want from your furling gear is for it to jam up in a rising breeze – or at any other time, come to that. I must be some kind of roller-reefing Jonah, because it’s happened a few times on boats I’ve been sailing aboard. On two of those occasions, halyard wrap was to blame.


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Expert Advice

Have a Question about Longterm Charters?

by Sail Staff, Posted June 12, 2008
Edited by Amy Ullrich

A READER ASKS

Menno Speyer, who lives in Qubec, wants to know about longer-term charters. "We currently own a boat," he writes, "but are considering selling it. We would still like to be out on the water for at least a month each year. We're thinking of warm-water locationsthe Caribbean, the South Pacific, Asia, and other warm places. How can we


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