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Stretch and Strengthen

by Sail Staff, Posted July 15, 2010
Sailors have to consider space and weight when stocking their boats with workout gear. Heavy dumbbells and bulky fitness equipment are out of the question, so Legum suggests using an elastic Thera-band instead. “[It’s] my favorite piece of equipment due to its size, cost and usefulness,” Legum says. Thera-bands (thera-band.com) come in various tension levels and can be used virtually anywhere on
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Yoga for Sailors

by Sail Staff, Posted July 14, 2010
Since its introduction into mainstream American fitness, the benefits of yoga have become increasingly apparent. From better balance to heightened mental awareness, yoga can make you not just a better athlete, but a better sailor. Boston area sailor and yogini Nancy Bellantone has been developing onboard yoga routines for years, and she encourages her crew to practice yoga before races, even on
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Fitness At Sea

by Meredith Laitos, Posted July 14, 2010
The old axiom that “War is hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror” might as easily be applied to sailing. You may spend hours lounging in a sun-baked cockpit, but you must always be ready to jump into action, to grind a winch, raise a sail or simply brace yourself against 20 degrees of heel as wind and waves threaten to throw you overboard.

These explosive maneuvers are the


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Marine Engines and the Gulf Oil Spill

by Charles Mason, Posted July 12, 2010
In addition to the extreme environmental issues created by the spill, sailors in that region are also becoming concerned about what, if anything, they can do to protect the engine and the raw water intakes on their boats from possible damage if they make contact with oil that is floating on or near the surface of the water.

Since there’s a chance that any sailor, sailing anywhere, might


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Reid Stowe said the first thing he hoped to do after getting ashore was take everything off his boat and pressure wash the interior. Lord knows it needed it. After 1,152 days at sea without once touching land, Stowe’s heavy 70-foot schooner Anne was in surprisingly good working condition. But cosmetically, it was a disaster.

 

I hopped aboard the morning of June 17


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