by Meredith Laitos

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

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.
Every year, the Annapolis Sailboat Show checks the pulse of the charter industry, gauging what’s remaining, what’s changing and what’s making heads turn. This year, the charter docks were abuzz with sailors booking their annual vacations in their favorite sailing destinations.
The second installment of our 2012 foul weather gear reviews brings you our favorite racing and cruising coastal foulies. Click here to view a PDF of the story from our October issue. And for more information on items that sparked our interest, read on.
The latest updates on new offerings from your favorite charter companies including Desolation Sound Yacht Charters, 360 Yachting and Bareboat Sailing Charters.
No two charterers are alike, and we wanted to discover exactly what defines our charter readers. This summer, we sent a survey to over 20,000 readers, asking them to divulge their charter-trip preferences, and we learned a lot.
Up-to-date news on your favorite charter companies, including Horizon Yacht Charters, The Moorings and Latesail including new boats and a new website.
Words fail us. We are awestruck in the presence of such sublime genius. An iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener, the Opena does the best job of wedding two disparate products since that one guy got his chocolate mixed up in the other guy’s peanut butter.
When it comes to chartering in the Caribbean, St. Thomas has always stood apart for its convenient airport and top-notch shopping district in downtown Charlotte Amalie. But after Peter Nielsen’s exceptional experience at the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta, I wanted a taste of what else the island had to offer. 
The latest news on your favorite charter companies near and far, including The Moorings, Dream Yacht Charters and CYOA Yacht Charters.
“Back then, when you wanted to start a company in the BVI, you had to talk to two people: the governor and the chief minister,” explains Brian Chestnut, co-owner of Conch Charters in Road Town, Tortola. “After a few cocktails, they told us the secret to getting tourists down here was yacht chartering. And just like that, we were in yacht chartering.”
  • facebook
  • twitter