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Nanny Cay or Bust!

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 18, 2009
To hear firsthand accounts from the participants of the rally, check out their stories on the right under "Tales from the Rally."

Twenty years ago, an enthusiastic cruiser introduced a group of boats to the concept of an offshore sailing rally, where they could travel as a community from the states to the Caribbean to while away the winter.


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Fall Solitude

by Sail Staff, Posted October 23, 2009
The northwest winds blew fresh and cool, ushering in some of the finest autumn weather I'd ever experienced on Chesapeake Bay. The light, shifty breezes and stultifying humidity of summer were gone, and I congratulated myself for waiting well into September before making the passage south aboard Sonata, the 36-foot Pearson cutter my wife, Liz, and I lived aboard. We'd come down the coast from
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Conjuring the Wind

by Sail Staff, Posted October 22, 2009
The stage is set, the actors assembled, the weather perfect, but the star of the show-the breeze-is conspicuously absent. We're in the middle of a dazzling collection of wooden boats, some fully traditional (read: old and cherished), some spirit of tradition (read: traditional styling with modern rigs and underbodies), others lovingly restored to their previous grandeur after
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Sunsets: W.I.B. Crealock

by David Schmidt, Posted October 22, 2009
The sailing world lost one of its own on September 26 when William I. B. Crealock passed away n his Carlsbad, California home. The noted sailor, yacht designer, and author was 89 years old.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1920, Crealock set out to sea in 1932 with three mates to "study the behavior of boats at sea." The group of friends sailed an ancient cutter called Content from the


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Winter Vacation

by Fred Bagley, Posted October 22, 2009
The question came up every year: “Whadya think about chartering in the Caribbean?” And every year the answer was the same: “Nah.”

My wife, Jennifer, and I sail our Caliber 38, Catamount, in the northern latitudes, on the fresh waters of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. The idea of chartering in the Caribbean raised many different questions: Isn’t everything so


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