by Meredith Laitos

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

When British cruising couple Rachel and Paul Chandler had their boat hijacked and were taken into custody by Somalian pirates four months ago, the sailing community put a halt to visiting the Gulf of Aden and surrounding areas. Now, as news of the couple's plight has quieted down, NATO is warning sailors of becoming complacent about the still-pervasive possibility of piracy in the area.

USA wins Race One

by Meredith Laitos, Posted February 12, 2010
Today in Valencia, USA, the trimaran sailed by the Challenger, BMW ORACLE Racing Team, crossed the finish line 15 minutes and 28 seconds before the Defender Alinghi during Race One of the 33rd America's Cup. After two days of postponement, today's race kicked of a best-of-three match that will last throughout the weekend and possibly into next week.   USA, represented by San

These Numbers Don't Lie

by Meredith Laitos, Posted February 10, 2010
If you want to please a crowd, you have to know the audience. If you want to grow the sport of sailing, you have to know who’s getting in the boats. This was the thinking behind a recent survey conducted by the American Sailing Association (ASA). “We wanted to learn more about our students,” executive director Charlie Nobles said. “We hope people will take what we found, apply it to their corner

Digging Deep for MEXORC

by Meredith Laitos, Posted January 29, 2010
MEXORC has always been a moving target, and for 2010 it’s being redesigned yet again. This is your looking-ahead checkup, because there’s been a concern and maybe we can clear that up. But first—The essential West-Coast-of-Mexico-biennial is now a featured component of the inaugural Regata Copa Mxico, intended to celebrate the country’s bicentennial and then build from there. Some pretty
If you're looking to take your chartering to the next level, try racing a Sunsail 39i in the inaugural IYCC during the BVI Spring Regatta, March 29-April 4. Sunsail will provide the winner with 10% off the yacht and a free sailing charter. If it's vacationing you're after, Sunsail is offering 20% off both one- and two-week flotillas in the BVI
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but a warm sail sounds delightful! For many sailors, December is the start of a long, cold off-season, but in warmer climes, it is prime chartering time, and great deals abound. TMM is now offering wireless onboard its BVI-based charter yachts, the Moorings recently added a gorgeous new Beneteau 54.5 to its fleet and Conch Charters is offering eight days for
“What you have to remember about this regatta is that it’s not just racing,” said race organizer Herv Dorvil, his speech drifting seamlessly between French and English. “It’s about bringing together the French and the Dutch and the sailors from three different islands and doing something we all love.”The sixth annual Course de l’Alliance, hosted by the Sint Maartin Yacht Club
In the colder climes, the leaves have turned and fallen. The boats have been hauled out and stored for the winter. The storm windows are in; the winter sweaters are out. But while we brace ourselves for winter, charter companies are just gearing up. All too aware of the woeful economy, many companies are offering especially good discounts to keep you, the charter guests, coming back for more. 35%
"You can travel around the world, sail on any and every boat, and you’ll never find anything quite like the log canoe.” With a pipe in his teeth and a beard on his chin, Mike Spicer may have been the first to drop this line, but he was certainly not the last.
From November 5 to 8, 70 boats and 113 brokers walked the docks at the 28th annual BVI Charter Yacht Show at Village Cay Marina in the heart of Road Town, Tortola. Unlike other boat shows, the focus was socializing rather than sales. During the day, brokers familiarized themselves with the boats, getting to know their crew and memorizing the intricacies of each boat’s layout. Various activities
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