An Extreme Passage

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 5, 2010
I am at the entrance to Dease Strait, and last night I tied up to a large piece of ice using rope and an ice axe. I managed to get a good five hours of sleep.”

Graeme Kendall, September 1, 2010

Challenges like this were par for the course during Graeme Kendall’s recent transit of the Northwest Passage. On September 9, 2010, the Kiwi sailor became the first


Boats We Sail Part 2: The 1970s

by Dan Spurr, Posted November 3, 2010
This second installment of SAIL’s series on the evolution of modern sailboat design focuses on the 1970’s—the IOR decade and beyond. It was also the decade of racer/cruisers, cruiser/racers, dedicated cruisers, the rise of trailersailers, and the first of the fun, fast day racers—the J/24 and the Santa Cruz 27.

The adoption in the late 1960s of the International Offshore Rule (IOR) spelled


Boats We Sail Part 1: The 1960s

by Dan Spurr, Posted October 27, 2010
Modern sailboat design began with the advent of fiberglass construction immediately following World War II. Why? As in many other industries—automotive and aerospace, to name but two—materials development and design move forward hand in hand. Composite construction technology allows designers to create shapes that are virtually impossible—or at least prohibitively expensive—to fabricate in wood
I could barely hear the robotic voice of the NOAA weather radio over the engine as I sat at the nav station, groggy from an overnight passage across the Gulf of Maine. It was just past dawn on a late September day, and I was taking Sonata, my Pearson 36 cutter, south for the winter. One of my crew was asleep in the saloon; the other was on watch in the cockpit.



Rudder's Gone!

by David J. Bate, Posted September 21, 2010
It was a beautiful Sunday morning afternoon in late July, and my wife, Patti, and I were about 3 miles south of Point Judith, Rhode Island, aboard our Cal 39 Mk 3, Scimitar. A nice southerly breeze of 18-20 knots was moving us along at about 8 knots on our way to Cuttyhunk Island, where we planned to spend several days sailing in company with some friends on Stieglitz, a Sabre 362.



How to Save a Flipped Dinghy

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