by Meredith Laitos

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

Nearly three years after Rachel and Paul Chandler were taken hostage by Somali pirates, the couple is returning to sea aboard the same boat, Lynn Rival.
In early September, scientists in the Arctic reported that floating sea ice had fallen to the lowest level ever observed, and a trio of sailors took their cue.

2012 ARC Blog

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 24, 2012
Follow the start and progress of the 2012 ARC with updates by senior editor Meredith Laitos, on location in Gran Canaria. Brought to you by SAIL and the World Cruising Club.

Grilling Made Simple

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 18, 2012
There are few things more pleasant than grilling fresh-caught fish off the stern, and few things more unpleasant than scrubbing charcoal off the hull after a rogue wave jostles your grill.
Effective August 21, 2012, NOAA has begun publishing its entire United States Coast Pilot series online, where the books are available as free downloadable PDFs.
The third installment of our 2012 foul weather gear reviews brings you our favorite sportboat coastal foulies. Click here to view a PDF of the story from our November issue. And for more information on items that sparked our interest, read on.
From my vantage point aboard a Cal 31 sloop sailing out of Southwest Harbor, the cottages look more like castles, with immaculate grounds atop pink granite cliffs that drop into the chilly Maine waters below. The day couldn’t be more perfect for sailing
In September, SAIL editors Meredith Laitos and Lindsey Silken caught the last breath of summer on opposite coasts of the country. Though Labor Day marks the end of the season for many a northern sailor, these late-season charters revealed just how much they’re missing out on.
Yearning to get away this winter on a Caribbean charter? You still have a week to win SAIL’s Great Escape contest: a free weeklong charter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with TMM Yacht Charters. 
The first time I met Julian Putley, I brought him a pair of shoes. We were shooting a video on bareboat sailing, and Julian’s boss didn’t want him to be barefoot on screen. “I’ll only wear these once,” he laughed when he saw them.
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