Sailboat Cruising

Whether you’re looking for insights into the best cruising grounds of the East Coast, West Coast, Caribbean or Great Lakes, or the latest in tips and techniques for doing everything aboard from set the anchor to fix your engine, recover a man-overboard victim or trim your sails, our editors and contributors have the answers.



Sailing Industry Icon Passes Away William “Bill” Mosher – 1948 – 2015

Milwaukee, WI – Longtime sailing industry professional, William Mosher, unexpectedly passed away July 3rd due to complications from sleep apnea. A passionate boater, Bill became a beloved figure within the marine industry during his lifetime. He held several high-profile positions within the industry and became a true icon through his dedication and generosity to the Read More


Sailboat Cruising

Sailing Innovations: Flying Cat

Foiling is now such a part of the sailing culture it’s hard to believe it has been less than three years since Team New Zealand coaxed its mighty AC72 catamaran into the air. It was only a matter of time before foiling technology was adapted to cruising multihull design, and sure enough the first cruising Read More

The author (sitting at front) enjoying a day of racing with friends


Two Sailors Growing and Learning Through the Joy of Sailing

It was our first time sailing any distance in the dark. We were taking Renegade, our 37ft Hunter Legend, to Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle, Washington, in preparation for a race the following morning. Ahead of us there were two bridges and the Ballard Locks to get through. As we neared the Fremont Bridge we Read More

Turning Point Surf City


Experience the ICW with SAIL

Let’s not kid ourselves—the ICW transit can be a long, lonely and sometimes daunting slog. Commercial traffic, strong currents, shifting shoal spots and lifting bridges—help! That’s why we came up with the idea for a Snowbird Rally down the ICW, to help make the ICW an experience you’ll look back on with a grin on Read More


Cruising Tips

Handy Printable VHF Reminder

There’s a right way to communicate via VHF radio—and many wrong ways. The reason for VHF protocol is to avoid ambiguity and ensure that messages are kept on point—your safety, and that of your crew, may depend on clear communication. So we’ve worked up this useful VHF protocol card, which you can print out, laminate (if Read More

The Escambray Mountains in the central region of Cuba as seen from Trinidad


Cruising: Bound for Cuba

It would be easy to say that President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba is what brought us there in our Island Packet 38. Truth is, six months before our visit we began planning our tour of the western Caribbean. The original route was Key West to Isla Mujeres, off Cancun, and then south Read More