by Meredith Laitos

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

They Rescue the Rescuers

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 19, 2009
Every day, men and women of the Coast Guard risk their lives to save people in need in the oceans, rivers and bays across the country. But who takes care of the Coast Guard? The Coast Guard Foundation, now in its 40th year, is honoring its officers with a new one-in-a-million campaign and various celebrations. October 28, 2009: A Coast Guard helicopter rescued five people after their boat

Nanny Cay or Bust!

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 18, 2009
To hear firsthand accounts from the participants of the rally, check out their stories on the right under "Tales from the Rally."Twenty years ago, an enthusiastic cruiser introduced a group of boats to the concept of an offshore sailing rally, where they could travel as a community from the states to the Caribbean to while away the winter.

The O’pen Revolution

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 2, 2009
When Tomas Nores, father of three sons under the age of 12, watched his kids’ sailing program dwindle from 100 enthusiasts to 8 miserable children in Optis, he knew something was wrong. The water was warm year-round in their hometown of Miami, Florida, and the breeze was always blowing, yet his kids were on the verge of throwing in the towel. Determined to not give up, Nores drove ten kids from
Horizon Yacht Charters www.horizonyachtcharters.com (HYC) has been voted the Best Caribbean Yacht Charter Company of 2009 by the Caribbean World International Travel Awards, a British publication.   "It was a big surprise," said Nicola Massey of HYC. "We didn't want to just

Sperry Topsiders

by Meredith Laitos, Posted October 15, 2009
When you're scrambling around on the narrow, slippery boards of a Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe, non-slip shoes are a necessity. At the 2009 Heritage Regatta in Oxford, MD, SAIL raced on the log canoe Jay Dee wearing the Women's Ultra Marine and the Men's Cabo Shandal. With their superior grip and breathability, these kicks proved to be the ideal nautical performance footwear.The women's: I was

Make the Great Escape

by Meredith Laitos, Posted September 22, 2009
Fall is in full force and winter is creeping up on the horizon; a trip to the British Virgin Islands sounds more appealing by the day. Imagine yourself at the helm of a 40-foot charter boat, sailing through translucent teal waters and anchoring off soft white beaches. Now imagine the same scenario…for free.There’s still time to enter SAIL’s Great Escape contest, where you could win a

Going for the Gold

by Meredith Laitos, Posted September 2, 2009
Hunter Ratliff wants nothing more than to feel the weight of a gold medal around his neck. To stand on the podium, national anthem blaring, knowing his success came from no one but himself. But it’s going to take a while to get there.Last November, Hunter, now 25, embarked on an Olympic campaign for his 470 sailboat. He and his crew, Topher Williams, spend their days building what Ratliff

Charter Directory

by Meredith Laitos, Posted August 31, 2009
SAIL's Charter Directory is your source for finding the next best thing in charter vacations
Chartering on a crewed boat can be great fun, but taking charge of a bareboat in an exotic location leads to a whole new level of enjoyment. Unfortunately, many otherwise competent sailors are nervous that they don’t have the skills to skipper a large monohull or catamaran in a charter environment. If you’ve been waiting to take the leap to bareboating, here is your perfect springboard: Fair Wind
As adventure-seekers, we take our sailing trips seriously. We want to unfurl our sails, explore far-off locations and leave the daily grind behind. But when the pennies start to pinch, vacations tend to be the first luxury to go.This doesn’t have to be the case. With a few adjustments you can still enjoy the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank. Stay closer to
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