by Meredith Laitos

Meredith Laitos is SAIL’s Senior Editor. She sails in and around Boston and specializes in charter destinations.

The “San Francisco Bay Area” refers to the estuary spanning 50 miles north-south between San Jose and San Pablo Bay, with an east-west span of between three and 12 miles.
Since its founding in 2006, the shoe company TOMS has been consistently popular, and noteworthy—the company’s famous one-for-one program, which matches each purchase with a pair of donated shoes, has now provided footwear to more than 10 million underprivileged children. In 2011, the company added TOMS Eyewear, which also follows a one-for-one program and provides eyewear to treat visual impairment in 13 countries worldwide.
  In the archipelago, between St. Vincent and Grenada—there are approximately 600 islands and islets in total. Both St. Vincent and Grenada are home to charter operations so you can approach the vacation from either end...
Every year, nearly 50 cruising rallies take place around the globe. There are rallies that cross the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Gulf Stream and even the Indian Ocean, routes that circle the Baltic, the Delmarva Peninsula and the World.
Long-simmering disputes in Florida between waterfront residents and cruising sailors came to a head this past summer, with residents pushing for new regulations that would prohibit anchoring within 300 feet of residential property.
Being a skilled bareboat captain is about more than being a skilled sailor—just ask the folks at the American Sailing Association, who have been massaging the curriculum of their Bareboat Cruising Course for several years.
On our fifth afternoon on charter we anchored at Caye Caulker, and then immediately re-anchored after realizing the generator on shore was much too loud for our liking. We dinghied to the dock of a small resort, tied up and walked into town...
Boat shows are the ideal place to scratch your sailing itch. There, you can see what’s new in boats, gear, electronics and apparel, all while being surrounded by like-minded sailors. However, it’s rare you actually get to go sailing at a boat show, much less learn to sail. 
I like to consider myself something of a professional charter sailor. I’ve booked dozens of vacations under sail for myself and for others, and have read and written numerous articles on making chartering better, smarter, cheaper and more fun. So what could a charter broker possibly tell me that I don’t already know?
Long-simmering disputes in Florida between waterfront residents and cruising sailors came to a head this past summer, with residents pushing for new regulations that would prohibit anchoring within 300 feet of residential property.
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