A Storm of Pirate Attacks

by Sail Staff, Posted April 24, 2008
Five pirate attacks in 24 hours? That’s the report from “Dolphin” skipper Johan Lillkung, en route north through the Gulf of Aden and bound for home port in Palma de Mallorca. Are the waters off lawless Somalia so dangerous that the international community will be forced to intervene in this tragic country? Lillkung expresses hope for intervention in this missive, which he seeks to have widely
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Ocean Racing

New Cat, New Colors

by David Schmidt, Posted April 23, 2008
If you thought that the Puma Avanti — formerly ABN Amro Two — sported an unusual paint job, baby, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Really, how many boats can you think of that boast an asymmetrical paint job? Likely zero, but that’s exactly what Puma rolled out of Goetz Custom Boats’ yard in Bristol, Rhode Island on Monday evening. The boat, which has been
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Boatworks

Staying Put: Dock Line Inspection

by Charles Mason, Posted April 22, 2008
With boats going back in the water in the northern parts of the country and marinas further south beginning to fill up with the summer regulars, it’s time to make sure the dock lines you’ll be using are going to keep your boat in its designated spot. Carefully inspect the condition of all these lines, and if any show signs of chafe or abrasion, replace them. Once the wind has
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Books+Media

Pick Up and Go

by Rebecca Waters, Posted April 21, 2008
We’ve all dreamed of traveling the world—not just a quick vacation, but a real globe-trotting adventure. For most of us, the realities interfered with the dreams. How do you finance a year of travel, where should you go, what is the best way to get there, and what do you do about visas, vaccines, and viruses? In The Practical Nomad, Edward Hasbrouck—renowned travel writer and ex-travel
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Books+Media

I Am Legend

by Charles Mason, Posted April 20, 2008
With AutoCAD and computational fluid dynamics now casting long shadows across the field of sailboat design, it’s important to go back and learn how the game started, who the leading practitioners were, and what craft came from their drawing boards. There couldn’t be a better tour guide than L. Francis

Herreshoff for this particular magical journey into the past. He was a son of Captain Nat,


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