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.

A Mermaid Muse

by Sarah Eberspacher, Posted October 31, 2011
The sailors of old may have filled their free time with activities like scrimshaw and fancy knot work. But during a recent yearlong cruise with her family, 8-year-old Emily Ehlers (now 12) stayed busy creating a new card game, which is now being marketed under the name “Mermaid Beach.”   A native of Portland, Oregon, Emily, her parents and two brothers sailed their 42-foot Pearson 424,
Sailing is notably safe among adventure sports, so safe, in fact, there may be a tendency to regard serious accidents as anomalous freaks from which little can be learned. This is a mistake.

2013 Sailing Resolutions

by Meredith Laitos, Posted December 12, 2012
We asked sailing celebrities what they’ve resolved to accomplish on the water in 2013. Here’s what they came up with...
Ohio-based Tartan Yachts will be supporting the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland by building 20 boats for the sailing portion of the world’s largest LGBT multi-sport event.  
A stormy Bay of Biscay, equally lousy weather in the trades, a broken autopilot and damaged steering: none of this was enough to stop Austrian sailor Harald Sedlacek, who arrived at Palm Beach, Florida, on April 13 aboard...
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.
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