Cruising

Weather or Not

by Charles J. Doane, Posted November 8, 2010
Modern communications and digital data technology make it easier than ever for bluewater sailors to tap into sophisticated weather products while voyaging offshore. With an HF radio, e-mail or sat-phone connection, amateur navigators can now import computer-generated weather data into sophisticated computer programs that project a vessel’s progress across electronic charts overlaid with
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Boats We Sail Part 3: The 1980s

by Dan Spurr, Posted November 8, 2010
As the IOR rule faded into oblivion in the early 1980s, boats began to take on a different look. A new generation of faster, safer cruiser-racers appeared, the charter industry began to influence boat design, and better and cheaper equipment began to change people’s sailing habits.

History soon separates the significant from the inconsequential. A long look back at the 1980s reveals three


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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


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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


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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
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