John Kretschmer's Darkest Hour at Sea

by John Kretschmer, Posted July 24, 2014

Over his three decades of ocean voyaging, author John Kretschmer has been in more than his fair share of heavy weather. In this excerpt from his new book, Sailing a Serious Ocean—Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea, he looks back at his darkest hour at sea 


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Cruising Grounds

Crossing the Harrowed Gulf of Tehuantepec

by Betsy Crowfoot, Posted July 24, 2014

To superstitious sailors, the ocean holds many perils—some more legendary than others. There’s the Kraken, that fearsome tentacled beast that drags ships into the ocean’s depths, the ghost ship Flying Dutchman, the cursed Bermuda Triangle and, of course, the Gulf of Tehuantepec.


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Boatworks

One day I discovered the romantically named Belt Tension Jack. Suddenly belt tensioning not only lost all its emotional tension, it even acquired a certain elegance.


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Boatworks

Wet Batteries

by Gordon West, Posted July 22, 2014

I recently purchased a handheld battery-operated GPS chartplotter. I was told it could survive 30 minutes in a couple of feet of seawater. But once when landing the dinghy on a beach, I jumped out too soon with the GPS in my pocket.


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Racing News

Port Huron Mac Turns 90

by SAIL Editors, Posted July 19, 2014

Affectionately known as the “Port Huron Mac,” the Bayview Yacht Club’s Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race will be celebrating 90 years of offshore history when the fleet hits the starting line on July 12.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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