Cruising

Tall Ship Tales

by Alanna Byrne, Posted May 1, 2011
Before the winter of 2010, Abi Campbell and JB Sample were two high school students looking for a change of scenery. JB sailed 420s growing up in Concord, Massachusetts. Abi had no sailing experience, though she was raised in North Haven, Maine, close to where her father once crewed aboard windjammers. The two had never met, but they shared an itch for adventure and a love for the water that
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Great Lakes Solo

by Charles Scott, Posted April 25, 2011
I have always been drawn to solo sailing. I’m not sure if it’s the challenge, the peace and solitude, or just the difficulty of finding good crew. Singlehanding has its risks, but I’ve also found sailing alone very rewarding.

Aboard my Westsail 32, Antares, I cruised from Detroit up Lake Huron and into Lake Michigan. The first leg, from Port Huron to Mackinac


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Thin Water Conversion

by Wally Moran, Posted April 22, 2011
The boats I sail today, including my own, are typical cruising boats. They have deep fin keels, and they’re spacious, well equipped and comfortable. I spend a lot of my time on a boat, so I want at least a few of life’s luxuries. And I like a boat with a bit of heft to it, like my Dufour 34, to handle bad weather. That’s why I’ve never considered owning a
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One for the Road

by Chris Caswell, Posted April 21, 2011
I don’t understand all the fuss about sailboats attempting to break the 50-knot speed barrier. I know a number of skippers who regularly cruise at well over 50 knots, and a few who go even faster. Of course, when they do they’re tempting a chat with a state trooper.

Trailerable sailboats, when they are tucked behind the family car and whizzing down the Interstate, can be


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Sudden Turn

by Steven Fink, Posted April 20, 2011
One beautiful, sunny July day I was sailing Rondo, my Beneteau 423, about a mile off the famed Santa Monica pier in picturesque Santa Monica Bay, California. The wind was blowing gently at around 8 knots, and I was reaching along on port tack making about 5 knots. It was a typical Southern California day with a typical Southern California breeze. Suddenly, at a distance of about 300 yards, I saw
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