Cruising News

Cruising Sailors Rescued by EPIRB Twice in Six Months

by Rachel Kashdan, Posted July 16, 2014
Just before sunset, nine hundred nautical miles from shore, three sailors and a dog jump into in a four-person liferaft as waves crash around them. For four hours they bail water by the gallon, surrounded only by a vast and encroaching darkness. 
I’ve always been fascinated by hurricanes. My father’s tales of the devastating effects of the hurricane of ’38, and the subsequent witnessing of these tropically born monsters hitting the Long Island coast have drawn me ever closer to their fury.
This is a different kind of launch than we usually share with our readers. It has an engine, it’s got ballast and we’re hoping it sails…but it’s not a boat. We’re excited to introduce you to SAIL’s newest website, SAILfeed.com.

Finely Poised

by Peter Nielsen, Posted September 20, 2012
Cue jokes about how perfectly balanced Jeanneaus are… this Sun Odyssey 40’s skipper fell afoul of the long sandspit at the entrance to the River Hamble, on England’s south coast, one night in April.
If current trends continue, Lakes Michigan and Huron will experience record low water levels this year—the shallowest since 1963. The two lakes, which are really one body of water connected by the Straits of Mackinac, are more than two feet below average levels.
Three Somali pirates are standing trial on charges of murdering four U.S. yachtsmen in February 2011. Jean and Scott Adam, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay were taken hostage at sea when 18 Somali pirates boarded their yacht.
No one loves twin-keel boats like British and French sailors, except maybe the odd Canadian. And few photos better illustrate the chief advantage of a twin-keel boat.
As an adult, I find it difficult to rekindle the joy, awe and excitement I experienced as a child on Christmas morning. But for the past 15 years, I’ve come close, thanks to the United States Sailboat Show held in Annapolis, Maryland, every October.

Citizen Coastguards

by Meredith Laitos, Posted January 18, 2013
When a solo sailor lost his mast in a knockdown 270 miles offshore while sailing between New Zealand and Australia, Aussie air traffic controllers called on two commercial flights to lend a hand.
  The Summer Sailstice is here again! This Saturday, June 22, marks the longest day of the year and therefore, the day with the most possible hours of sunlight during which sailors can enjoy their boats with their fellow sailors.   
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