Cruising

December 2010 Cruising Tips

by Sail Staff, Posted December 9, 2010
Waiting to Inhale

A decade ago, while thumbing through a cooking magazine, a photo of a bicycle pump caught my eye. It turned out to be a vacuum pump that could do the same thing as a big, boxy kitchen vacuum sealer costing more than $100. But it was small, hand-operated and cost just $20. I researched the Pump-N-Seal food saver online and then ordered one. It has been an


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Pirate attacks on sailing yachts have been much in the news lately. The good news is that bluewater cruisers Paul and Rachel Chandler were finally released unharmed on November 14 after being held hostage by a Somali pirate gang for 388 days. The FULL STORY

A Death in the Bahamas

by Sail Staff, Posted November 22, 2010
Laura Zekoll, 46, was lost and is now presumed dead after a Jeanneau 46DS named Rule 62 that was sailing in the Caribbean 1500 rally between Hampton, Virginia, and Tortola, BVI, foundered on a reef in the Bahamas on Saturday, November 13. Details are still sketchy, but the most recent published report has it that
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Boats We Sail Part 4: The 1990s

by Dan Spurr, Posted November 10, 2010
In the 1990s yacht design really began to shrug off the straitjacket of rating rules, and sportboats, open-class racers, and light, nimble cruising boats all became commonplace.

Looking back over 50 years of monohull design and composite boat construction (including not just fiberglass, but other fibers like carbon and Kevlar, as well as numerous core materials), the trend has been toward


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Work Hard, Play Hard

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 10, 2010
After four years of college sailing, I thought I knew a thing or two about sailboat racing: hit hard, hike hard, trim well and yell loudly enough to intimidate the competition. Then I stepped aboard my first big keelboat, where I found winches, heavy lines, an electrical panel and a loud, frightening engine. Though I understood the principles of sailing, this was a very different animal from a
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