by Meredith Laitos

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

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
When kids grow up sailing on the Charles River in Boston, it’s easy for them to assume that the breadth of their sport stops there. That’s why, every summer, Boston’s Community Boating Inc. (CBI) brings in a fleet of sailing “stars” to crew for their outstanding students in the annual Kids Sail the Stars event. The formula is simple: the most dedicated junior sailors are the

Bid dreams

by Meredith Laitos, Posted July 22, 2009
From now until October 2nd, the city of Chicago will keep its fingers crossed, vying to become host to the 2016 Olympic Games. It’s currently one of four candidate cities, but the competition is tough. With the other three candidates hot on its heels, Chicago’s 2016 Bid Committee is hard at work showcasing what makes their city best-suited for the challenge, not the least
Matriculating from collegiate dinghy racing to big-boat sailing is like transitioning from T-ball to the Big Leagues. For most college sailors coming from two-man 420’s or FJ’s, the biggest challenge is getting used to the precise coordination of a multi-person crew sailing on boats and courses that are much bigger and more demanding than they’re used to.This March the Port of Los Angeles
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