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Lifestyle Upgrade?

by Sail Staff, Posted March 28, 2008
If you’re like me, your ability to fantasize about owning and skippering a globe-girdling yacht far out paces your ability to finance said endeavor. Still, it’s fun to dream, so when I saw some recent mention on the daily email newsletter Scuttlebutt that Tom Perkins’s mega yacht, the 290-foot Dyna Rigged Maltese Falcon, is for sale, I couldn’t resist listing the Flacon’s asking
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20 Miles Around... San Francisco, CA

by Sail Staff, Posted March 24, 2008
San Francisco may be the “most European” American city, but San Francisco Bay and the views of whitecaps beyond the cable-car lines make this more than just a California placename. The ocean beyond the Golden Gate is challenging. Within the shelter of the bay is sailing adventure enough, with its typical brisk and chilly sea breeze and strong currents. Then there are the microclimates. Often, the
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Seamanship Rewarded: Cruising Club Awards

by Sail Staff, Posted March 13, 2008
Seventy-four-year-old circumnavigator Gillian West and world cruiser Peter Passano were recognized for their “meritorious seamanship and adventure upon the sea” by the Cruising Club of America. West received the club’s Far Horizons Award for her circumnavigation in the 34-foot sloop Khamsin. She completed the circumnavigation over a 14-year series of passages while exemplifying the club’s
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A Nautical Novice on Lake Nokomis

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2008
It was a beautiful afternoon with a gentle breeze from the southeast. My wife, Catherine, and I were out for a romantic sail. What could go wrong?

I was eager to set off in our recently acquired boat, Ruach, a 13.5-foot trailerable Expo Solar Sailer designed by Garry Hoyt, Ted Hood, and Everett Pearson. Cath, a first-timer, was nervous, but throwing in a picnic


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Citing Prostitution, Fiji Restricts Visitor Visas

by Sail Staff, Posted February 11, 2008
Fiji’s finance minister has accused visiting sailors of involvement in crimes ranging from drug smuggling and prostitution to smuggling endangered species of flora and fauna. Cruising traffic through the islands is expected to drop dramatically after Fiji introduced new regulations restricting visiting boats to a three-month stay (effectively cutting the permissible stay by half), though
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