by Meredith Laitos

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

More than a Map

by Meredith Laitos, Posted October 31, 2011
As sailors continue to debate the pros and cons of digital navigation apps and paper charts, map junkies just grin and think: the more, the merrier! Well, junkies, rejoice. The National Geographic Society has expanded its “Trails Illustrated Maps” series to include a number of popular sailing locations, including the Virgin Islands, Channel Islands, Apostle Islands and Boston Harbor Islands. In
The BVIs are known for being a chartering playground, and there’s about to be another kid on the block. MarineMax Inc., the nation’s largest recreational boat retailer, recently announced the opening of MarineMax Vacations, a BVI-based charter company that will operate out of Tortola beginning December 15.

Flotilla Adventures

by Meredith Laitos, Posted October 4, 2011
Looking for a new way to enjoy a charter sailing vacation with friends and family? Join SAIL on a Flotilla Adventure in the British Virgin Islands, where a SAIL host will guide you through a week of fun and relaxation with new friends. Traveling aboard a fleet of Sunsail charter boats out of Tortola, we’ll explore BVI hot spots, visiting old favorites and discovering new

If Paris Were an Island

by Meredith Laitos, Posted September 28, 2011
"Wait right here. There’s something you must see.” Erique grins, then hurls his muscular figure into a forest so thick he’s invisible within seconds. We hear him wrestling with branches as a light rain falls around us. Erique, our fearless guide, has led us to a ruined sugar mill deep in the hills of Marie Galante, a tiny island south of Guadeloupe. Because of his expertise,
When the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) planted its roots in Lake Michigan in 2009, founders Don Wilson and Bill Hardesty were hoping to fill a void in American sailboat racing. They recognized that though match racing was gaining international momentum through the America’s Cup, the World Match Race Tour and the 2012 Olympics, American sailors had few serious venues at which to train and
It’s difficult to put into words what it’s like to sail in Desolation Sound, British Columbia, but “spectacular” and “breath-taking” are a good start. Located roughly 450 miles north of Seattle, Washington, the sound features abundant sea and wildlife. Along the winding inlets, 1,000-foot waterfalls cascade into 1,000-foot deep seas under bright blue skies. In the late summer, the weather is
To call Matt Rutherford an “adventurer” is an understatement. At 30, Rutherford has already biked through Southeast Asia, singlehandedly circumnavigated the Atlantic in a Pearson 323 (twice!) and embarked on a solo circumnavigation of the Americas. Having successfully made his way through the Northwest Passage this summer, Rutherford is now sailing south along the west coast of
When Gary Jobson saw his first 12-meter at age 12, he dreamed of someday getting a taste of the America’s Cup. Over the next five decades— from his role as tactician for Ted Turner aboard Courageous in 1977 to his role as an ESPN commentator in New Zealand in 2003—Jobson got his taste, and then some. Along the way, he met a host of fascinating characters, often switching from racer to
Six weeks before we took off for St. Lucia, my nervous father texted me, “I’m buying some new clothes for the trip. Will I be okay in T-shirts and quick- dry tops?” “Sure!” I replied, “Think about buying some linen, too.” “Linen?” he texted back, “where on my body and where on a boat would I put linen?” 
Star Clippers, which operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, has expanded its itineraries to include trips through the Baltic beginning in summer 2012. The 360ft Star Flyer will lead the charge with sailing trips from Southampton, England; Oslo, Norway;
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