Cruising

The Jungle Medic

by Sail Staff, Posted August 3, 2006

Cruising isn't always about boisterous passages or cocktails on the aft deck at sunset. On the contrary, much of our time is spent exploring the countryside and getting to know the local people. This approach enriched the experience for my wife Susan and me beyond our expectations when we moved aboard Sea Trek and began cruising almost 14 years ago. Our passage this April from the


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Gear

Wear Your Sunscreen

by Sail Staff, Posted August 1, 2006
In the August issue of SAIL, we provided a few tips to help protect your skin from the sun. Here is a list of Web sites with additional information:

Class Action Suit Against Sunscreen Manufacturers - Skin Cancer Foundation

Clothing Styles and Fabrics Ranked for Sun Protection -
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Rallies, Regattas, and Rendezvous

by Sail Staff, Posted August 1, 2006
August is prime time for sailing with like-minded friends. Here is a list of several classes and owner's associations that are gathering (and racing) at the end of the summer.

Alberg 30 (www.alberg30.org)

Summer RendezvousPaula’s, Spa CreekAnnapolis, MDAugust 5th

O’s Weekend, Inner Harbor


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Cruising Tips - July 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted July 28, 2006
This month: Raising and lowering your outboard, charting tips, and what to do after you run aground.

Navigation

Chart SmartWe arrived off Suva, the capital of Fiji, after a 10-day passage from New Zealand. While we knew the island of Viti Levu was about 5 miles off our bow, we couldn’t see it because of a heavy rainstorm. My husband, Bob, turned on the


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Cruising

Cruising Tips - Techniques

by Sail Staff, Posted July 28, 2006
Letting go the sheet (June 2006)

Releasing a loaded-up sheet from a winch when a boat tacks can be just cause for nervousness. Sailors who have just moved up to big keelboats often underestimate the loads on a sheet. On a boat up to 40 feet or so, the safest way is to first ease off a few inches, keeping the flat of one hand pressed against the turns as they surge round the winch


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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