Cruising Most Commented

Glimpses of an Alternate Reality

by Irene Gould, Posted August 11, 2008
Palmerston Atoll, in the Cook Islands, delivers hospitality unheard-of in the real world.

We were six long days out of Bora Bora. The wind was like a baby’s breath, and the rolling swells frequently knocked it out of our sails. Progress was slow but peaceful until the western sky filled with the rapidly lowering cumulus of an approaching cold front. We were soon hunkered down in


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There’s always an anchorage around the bend when you’re cruising the rivers and sloughs of California’s Central Valley

Much of our world has lost a proper sense of the journey, but not the world of sail. A friend of mine once told me how he sailed his two boys 80 miles up the Sacramento River from San Francisco. “We went when the boys were 14 and 12,” he said. “Along the way we


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Just Add Water

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
A Singapore-based company that proposes to begin marketing its products to the public before 2008 is out, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, has announced that one of the boats that raced in the Baltic Sprint Cup in July carried its hydrogen cells, the Hydropak, as an emergency backup for onboard electrical systems.

The company says:

Horizon’s HydroPak allows boaters to charge starter


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More Height, More Reach, More VHF

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

More Height, More Reach, More VHF

Sailors in Southern California now have more access to VHF communications. The difference will be noticed especially by boats south of the border, as far south as Ensenada, and well off the beach around San Diego. The difference-maker is a VHF radio transmission tower installed by BoatU.S. at the crest of 2,565-foot-high San Miguel Mountain, one on


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'Round Africa the Old Way

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

If it gets your juices flowing to imagine circumnavigating Africa on a replica of an ancient ship, the Phoenicia Expedition is for you.

The story begins with one Philip Beale and his conviction that Phoenicians in ancient times, not Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias in 1488, were the first to make the 17,000-mile voyage around the African continent.

Drawing parallels to


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