Gear and Reviews

New Gear - December 2005

by Sail Staff, Posted January 31, 2006

Tie One On

Looking for a stocking-filler for Dad? We’ve long been fans of the natty nautically themed ties ($65) from Vineyard Vines. They’re pure silk, and there’s a huge range of them to choose from, including the Catboat and Anchor & Wave designs pictured here. Or you could go for the full ensemble—VV makes shirts, trousers, and jackets too. Vineyard Vines,


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Inshore Racing

We gotta regatta

by Sail Staff, Posted January 30, 2006
There's something to be said for a woman who defied all odds and doctors, living for four years when they predicted her life expectancy to be no more than a few short weeks. That something took the form of the We Gotta Regatta, this year’s North American National Access Dinghy Championship dedicated to the memory of Dell Darby who passed away on January 11, 2006.
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Safety

This Is Not a Test

by Sail Staff, Posted January 25, 2006
Before going cruising, I had a long career skippering fishing boats in Alaska. Twice I had the need to resort to a liferaft. The raft must always be the last resort. Never give up on the boat until it has given up on you.

The first time, I was alone aboard a small boat fishing salmon. While the boat did a slow roll all the way over, I ran up the side like a Laser racer


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Boat Reviews

Pittman 90

by Craig Davis, Posted January 23, 2006
Over the last decade or so, the America’s Cup and Maxi-yacht classes have benefited from most of the research money going into sailing. Today’s Maxi owners aren’t shy about pushing design far beyond what is permitted in the America’s Cup. Maxis are larger than the Cup yachts and increasingly use canting keels and water ballast to improve performance. Reichel/Pugh, German Frers,
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Boat Reviews

Onora

by David Woodley, Posted January 23, 2006

Sailing to the edge of the earth

Although the palm trees and sandy beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean islands are always alluring—and the Mediterranean is a romantic place to visit—what do you do when you’ve already experienced all that? Jim and Jean Foley asked themselves the question after finishing a seven-year circumnavigation aboard their Mason 44, Mara.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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