by Meredith Laitos

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

If you’re looking for a quick and easy-to-use reference for knot-tying, Reeds Knot Handbook is your ideal companion.
Don’t let the name fool you. The Pocket Guide to Knots is actually the longer (192 pages), larger (6in x 8in) knot-tying guide, compared to the Reeds Knot Handbook.
Sailing alongside Florida’s Overseas Highway, the road that follows the route of Flagler’s historic East Florida Railway from Miami to Key West, it’s easy to picture the turn-of-the-century developer pushing to expand his vision of Florida.
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.
Keen on making the leap to ocean cruising, but not sure where to start? The World Cruising Club is offering a two-day Ocean Sailing Seminar in Annapolis, MD, on March 23-24 to help you prepare.
World Cruising Club announced this week that Portsmouth, VA, will be the new home port for all WCC sailing rallies held on the East Coast of the USA, including the Caribbean 1500, the ARC Bahamas and the ARC Europe.

Citizen Coastguards

by Meredith Laitos, Posted January 18, 2013
When a solo sailor lost his mast in a knockdown 270 miles offshore while sailing between New Zealand and Australia, Aussie air traffic controllers called on two commercial flights to lend a hand.
There was a time, not too long ago, that sailboat chartering meant renting a boat, gathering a crew, learning to captain it (or paying a captain) and taking off for some time in paradise.
Following a medal-free Olympic run in 2012, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is making several strategic moves to reposition itself over the next four years. Today, the team announced a new partnership with Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY, naming Oakcliff Sailing an official training center for the team.
If current trends continue, Lakes Michigan and Huron will experience record low water levels this year—the shallowest since 1963. The two lakes, which are really one body of water connected by the Straits of Mackinac, are more than two feet below average levels.
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