Caribbean Racing

We arrived in Tortola determined, if not to win the cruising class, to at least have a creditable go in the annual BVI Spring Regatta with the all woman crew of “Team SAIL”. We looked damned good in our pink team shirts and matching pink Crocs and were sure to look equally good on the water aboard the Moorings 51.5 charterboat, Caribbean Soul. And if we failed…at least we escaped a cold
Having now celebrated its 40th year, the BVI Spring Regatta may officially be classified as “middle aged,” but it hardly shows any signs of slowing down.On March 28-April 3, an impressive 122 boats descended on Tortola’s Nanny Cay for five days of what sailors have long come to expect from this event—sun, wind, high-octane competition and even higher-octane parties.As

Bahamas Sloop Winds

by Sail Staff, Posted February 5, 2009
Northeast trades: 25 knots, gusting 30. The quarter-wake hissing.My 29-year-old son, Noah, and I had just shaken out the reef in the mainsail on our little Bahamas sloop and fallen off onto a reach in the lee of Great Guana Cay when we saw the old salt.Screaming out of the settlement’s harbor, he held the tiller of a sky-blue sailing skiff with a casual at-homeness I have seen only
A varied fleet sailed the fourth-annual RORC Caribbean 600 in perfect conditions. The largest boat was line-honors winner Hetairos, a 141-foot Baltic ketch drawing 30 feet with her drop-keel fully extended.

HIHO regatta

by Ryan Jolley, Posted March 9, 2009
"Take your time, nice and slow," said our captain ever time anybody stepped on the dinghy, and it soon became the motto of Bonac Witch, a Moorings 4300 catamaran that served as one of the spectator boats for the 24th annual Highland Spring HIHO Regatta in the British Virgin Islands. For my girlfriend, Taylor, and me, taking it nice and slow was exactly what we
We were maybe half a mile from the leeward mark, surging along relentlessly aboard the X-65 Karuba V, when the rig came down to the accompaniment of a collective gasp from the crew. Thankfully, it wasn’t our rig—but we did feel sorry for the guys on Highland Fling XII, Irvine Laidlaw’s spanking new Reichel-Pugh IRC 52.

Buckle up

by Nancy Spraker, Posted April 2, 2009
On the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles, wind is the most important ingredient for spending a day on the world’s biggest landsailing track along the island’s northeast coast. The brightly colored sails of Blokarts poke at a blue sky as their tires spin madly over the hard. “Sailing” them is a blast. White dust whirs around the tubular cart with its skinny sail as you settle into a
The 2013 BVI Spring Regatta kicked off in tourist-brochure conditions and ended in an action-packed day of winds gusting to 30-plus knots and blinding rainsqualls.

Sailing to Cuba

by Tom Nunlist, Posted April 10, 2009
With the Obama administration relaxing travel restrictions to Cuba, a group of hopeful sailors from Sarasota, Florida are trying to organize a regatta on the island nation this coming June. Jay Meyer, a member of the Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), is applying for permission with the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. Meyer hopes to take as many as 100 U.S.-flagged boats to

Wooden warhorses

by David Schmidt, Posted July 30, 2009
Fiberglass, check; steel, check; carbon fiber, check; wood — uh, no, actually. So went my resume regarding the boats I’ve sailed. Okay, a few wooden Blue Jays and Lightnings as a kid, but for experience on proper wooden displacement boats, I had nothing. “Had” being the operative word. My eyes were opened to this fascinating subset of sailing at the 22nd-annual Panerai Antigua
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