by Meredith Laitos

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

Inaugural ARC+ a Success

by Meredith Laitos, Posted December 1, 2013
For the first time in its 27-year history, World Cruising Club (WCC) has expanded its storied Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) by adding a new, parallel route: the ARC+.
This November, nearly 200 boats sailed from the East Coast to the Caribbean in two rallies. One rally arrived on Tortola intact while the other had at least seven boats call the Coast Guard in distress. What do this mean for rallies, and which rally is right for you?
At least five boats in the Salty Dawg Rally were forced to withdraw in the space of 36 hours as a result of a number of rudder or rig failures.

If By Land

by Meredith Laitos, Posted October 22, 2013
I recently read that the average American walks 5,117 steps a day, or approximately 2.5 miles. I also read that to be a “healthy” walker you need to get in 10,000 steps per day, and if you take 5,000 steps per day or less, you are officially classified as “sedentary.”
 Hugh was an orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he specialized in hip and knee replacements. He and Betsy took up sailing together on a boat called REEB (“beer” spelled backward).
Two years ago, Island Packet 485 sailor Don Hyde got sick of shuffling through 35 pounds of manuals every time he needed to complete a maintenance job on his boat. What if, he thought, those manuals existed online on one consolidated site?
On May 8, 2013, Gerry Hughes, a Scottish schoolteacher who has been deaf since birth, sailed his Beneteau 42s7, Quest III, into Troon, Scotland, becoming the first deaf skipper to circumnavigate the globe singlehanded.
For many people, sailing across the Atlantic falls into the same category as climbing Mt. Everest. Even among serious sailors, a transatlantic crossing is not something to be taken lightly. Not only is it logistically challenging, it’s weather-sensitive, resource-dependent and more than a little intimidating.  
  When writing "A Gourmet Galley" SAIL also got the chance to sample four excellent galley cookbooks  
For the first time since its creation in 1986, this year’s ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) sailors will have a choice of routes after leaving the Canary Islands in November. The newly created ARC+ will include a three- to five-day stopover in Minelo, Cape Verde Islands.
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