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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

All That Jazz

by Sail Staff, Posted November 8, 2010
Just about the time most people are preparing their boats for winter storage—stowing sails, putting on tarps, filling their systems with antifreeze—my wife, Ann Marie, and I are getting ready to go see the Cape May Jazz Festival, one of the best-kept sailing secrets on the Jersey Shore. What could be better than cruising 40 miles from our homeport of Atlantic City for a weekend of jazz, good

Sailor's Smorgasbord

by Wally Moran, Posted November 8, 2010
Southwest Florida is one of my favorite cruising areas, especially in early November when the Chesapeake Bay is starting to get chilly and Lake Huron’s North Channel is just plain miserable. The winds have shaken off the summer doldrums, the temperature is in the mid to upper 70s, and anchorages and marinas are not yet crowded with winter visitors. In short, it’s the ideal time and place for a

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

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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