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Fitness First

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008
Simple strength training for sailingBy Michael Blackburn

Being strong makes racing more enjoyable, but many strength-training programs are complicated to follow and necessitate gym access and ample free time. Luckily, you don’t need a gym to improve your sailing-specific strength. You can do this short workout anywhere.

Allow three weekly sessions (20 to 30


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Imagination Isn't Silly

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

Most embarrassing situations on the water happen because someone hasn’t bothered to think out the maneuver ahead of time. Athletes in all sports train themselves to imagine the steps they need to take to achieve success. A downhill racer, for example, will run a course in her imagination as many times as it takes train the muscles involved in each turn to react subconsciously and produce the


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Fresh Water

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

We always try to collect rainwater aboard our Serendipity 42 so we can enjoy plenty of cool, sweet-tasting water without having to run our watermaker. To do this we designed our shade awning so that it is also a super-efficient rainwater collector.

We shaped the awning with a belly on each side where water can collect; a rope running along each side of the awning forms a gutter. A


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Flat is Fine

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

When you’re outfitting a cruising boat’s galley, it’s wise to select flatware that has no pattern. Leave the Climbing Rose and Parthenon patterns at home. When you’re on the water, particularly salt water, you want the surface of your eating utensils to be as featureless and smooth as your chainplates—for the same reason. Every ripple and crevice in a piece of patterned cutlery can harbor


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Dinghy on Deck

by Sail Staff, Posted August 28, 2008

I know this idea isn’t popular with a number of cruisers, but I don’t think it is ever seamanlike to tow a dinghy when on a passage. For starters, the drag is considerable and a real impediment to sailing speed. There are many other reasons, of course, starting with the fact that towing a dinghy is bound to be a distraction. Then there’s the question of potential danger to the crew if the


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