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The American Sail Training Association (ASTA) is teaming up with the environmental organization Great Lakes United to bring a fleet of international tall ships to American’s heartland.

As part of this summer’s Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge 2010, the fleet will race through all five Great Lakes, making port appearances in cities in both the United States and Canada. Specific stops


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Pets on Boats: Zephyr

by Sail Staff, Posted March 2, 2010
This week's Pets on Boats feature comes from Alan and Janet Chaffee, who love bringing their four year-old Vizsla, Zephyr, along with them when they're cruising between Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. We give her credit for adhering to the SAIL wardrobe of an offshore and a Figawi hat...and we've all taken a quick snooze on the rail.

Thank you to Alan and Janet, and keep the pictures of


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When British cruising couple Rachel and Paul Chandler had their boat hijacked and were taken into custody by Somalian pirates four months ago, the sailing community put a halt to visiting the Gulf of Aden and surrounding areas. Now, as news of the couple's plight has quieted down, NATO is warning sailors of becoming complacent about the still-pervasive possibility of piracy in the area.
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Running the Ditch

by Clark Beek, Posted February 26, 2010
“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Conversations about San Francisco’s weather always lead to this Mark Twain quote. It’s doubtful whether he ever actually said it, but the sentiment rings true. The San Joaquin Valley, to the east, heats up to scorching temperatures by day and creates low pressure that draws cold air off the Pacific. The low point in the coastal
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Midnight Madness

by Rex Koeppen, Posted February 26, 2010
It was the middle of the winter when my wife, Laura, and I flew to St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to join our old friend Tom Garvey aboard his 37-foot Island Spirit Catamaran, Sanctuary. Californian Mark Paulson, a lifetime beach cat sailor and avid J/120 racer, and Glenn Ashmore, a software developer and delivery boat skipper, also joined us.

We met on the dock in St.


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