Rallies, Regattas, and Rendezvous

by Sail Staff, Posted August 1, 2006
August is prime time for sailing with like-minded friends. Here is a list of several classes and owner's associations that are gathering (and racing) at the end of the summer.

Alberg 30 (www.alberg30.org)

Summer RendezvousPaula’s, Spa CreekAnnapolis, MDAugust 5th

O’s Weekend, Inner Harbor


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Cruising Tips - July 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted July 28, 2006
This month: Raising and lowering your outboard, charting tips, and what to do after you run aground.

Navigation

Chart SmartWe arrived off Suva, the capital of Fiji, after a 10-day passage from New Zealand. While we knew the island of Viti Levu was about 5 miles off our bow, we couldn’t see it because of a heavy rainstorm. My husband, Bob, turned on the


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Cruising Tips - Techniques

by Sail Staff, Posted July 28, 2006
Letting go the sheet (June 2006)

Releasing a loaded-up sheet from a winch when a boat tacks can be just cause for nervousness. Sailors who have just moved up to big keelboats often underestimate the loads on a sheet. On a boat up to 40 feet or so, the safest way is to first ease off a few inches, keeping the flat of one hand pressed against the turns as they surge round the winch


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Safety

Cruising Tips - First Aid

by Sail Staff, Posted July 28, 2006
Bad Backs and Boats (May 2006)

Several months ago I wrote that I had to be very careful of my back when I was on board a boat. Since then I've received a number of letters from sailors asking whether I do anything specific to protect my back when I'm sailing. The answer is that I've tried many things over the years to reduce my back pain, including limited surgery, visits to


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Boatworks

Fear No Fire

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2006
The one thing you shouldn’t do with a fire in an enclosed space—like an engine bay on a boat—is to add more air. Smell something burning, open the engine compartment, and whoosh, say goodbye to your eyebrows, and maybe to your boat. That’s why I like this simple install-it-yourself Fire Port ($8.74). If you ever see flames through the transparent window, just puncture it with the nozzle of a fire
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