Sails Need Love Too

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By Peter Nielsen

Many drivers develop a kind of mechanical sympathy—they learn to recognize the sounds an engine makes when it’s being over-revved or is in too high a gear for the speed. The ability to empathize with sails is not so easily acquired, which is one reason why sailmakers will never be short of repair business.

Step one is to keep the sails from flogging. Flogging


Delays on the Panama Canal

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By Rebecca Waters


Over 150 recreational boats are backed up on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal with wait times of up to 2 months for transit. Officially, the delays are due to the arrival of an unusually large number of commercial ships, about 50 a day, up from the 38 expected at this time of year. However, speculation is rife as cruisers worry about crossing the

Inshore Racing

Island Time

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By David Schmidt

Few regattas dish up the trade winds, the big waves, and the international scene that can match Antigua Sailing Week. This year there may have been an extra infusion of Europeans, considering the high value of the euro in terms of U.S. dollars. What awaited them this year were conditions on the light side for this exposed flank of the Antilles, with average winds in


Alinghi Wins One from the Judge

by Sail Staff, Posted May 13, 2008
The Judge Hath SpokenJustice Cahn rules in favor of AlinghiBy David Schmidt

On Monday, May 12, Justice Herman Cahn ruled in favor of Alinghi’s most-recent appeal regarding the timeline for the 33rd America’s Cup, ruling that the next Cup shall be fought out in 2009. As some readers may remember, there has been considerable debate


Transat Racers Blasted

by Sail Staff, Posted May 13, 2008
Three days into the Artemis Transat the 24 singlehanded racers bound across the Atlantic are feeling the impact of a pounding. Overnight winds into the 30's took a toll on 60-footers and 40-footers alike, and it's not as though the skippers are anything but experienced. Among them the skippers have a collected experience of 270+ Atlantic crossings—but this will be the first time that a

SAIL Magazine and the Boston Sailing Center come together to teach the rolling hitch, an essential sailing knot that is most often used to release an override on a winch

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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