by Meredith Laitos

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

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issueLook around a skippers’ meeting at a typical regatta and you’ll see all the usual suspects: seasoned salts, their families and a smattering of recent college grads or young adults sampling the sailing culture. The same folks populate most charter bases and destinations, which makes sense, considering the means and

The Chesapeake Bay

by Meredith Laitos, Posted June 13, 2011
When John Smith sailed into the Chesapeake Bay in 1607, he couldn’t have known the precedent he was setting. Ever since that early cruise, the area has been teeming with sailboats—everything from skipjacks dredging for oysters to race boats competing in regattas and flagships strutting their stuff at the United States Sailboat Show. With all of this on-water action, it’s no surprise that a dozen
School’s out, the boat’s in the water and the breeze is up. That means it is time for some summer cruising, and there are few things sweeter. From coast to coast, we want to know: what’s your favorite summer sailing destination? Newport, Rhode Island or Newport Beach, California? Green Bay or Biscayne Bay?In your own words, tell us about your favorite summer cruise. Send 300 words
For sailors, summer is many things: the height of racing season, the prime cruising months, and the precious window when days spent playing on the boat outnumber those spent working on it. It's also an excellent time to plan a charter vacation. With the kids out of school and the weather warming up, there are several great discounts to take advantage of. From ASA flotillas in

Medical Mariner

by Meredith Laitos, Posted May 31, 2011
Last spring, I was snorkeling near Sandy Spit in the BVI, entranced by the fish meandering through the coral heads. My snorkeling buddy gestured enthusiastically at a particularly bright betafish and together we zoomed to it like moths to a flame, unaware that it was headed for shallow water. Suddenly, a wave crashed over us, and we realized we were in trouble. Wave followed
When it comes to marketing sailing to African-Americans, Paul Mixon says the sailing industry missed the boat. “The sailing industry targets middle-aged white men,” he explains, “but I know everyone can enjoy a sailing vacation, so I market a dream to African-Americans that just happens to involve a chartered sailboat.”Mixon’s dream, known as Black Boaters Summit (BBS), has attracted
The winter of 2011 didn’t fool around. Here in Boston, we measured snowfall in “Shaq inches” while our friends in Chicago got a glimpse of a post-apocalyptic Lake Shore Drive. By the time April

One Fine Bay

by Meredith Laitos, Posted March 11, 2011
The great thing about sailing in a new location for the first time is that you have no idea what to expect. Without a laundry list of hot-spots-we-always-visit, your itinerary is a blank canvas, ready to be painted and repainted as you see fit.This was the case last April when a crew of comrades and I chartered a boat from Annapolis Bay Charters in Annapolis, Maryland, for a week of
The notion of a “cruising couple” conjures up a pair of stereotypes. In one, a pair of kindred souls broad-reaches off into a sunset of wedded bliss. In another, a thunderhead pours down as two people butt heads, break boats and abandon ship.Jeff Grossman and Jean Levine, founders of Two Can Sail, have seen both extremes during the more than 20 years they’ve been coaching cruising couples
Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua teams up with Nonsuch Bay ResortWelcome to Nonsuch Bay Resort in Antigua. Today’s schedule will be as follows: lunch at the clubhouse on a bluff overlooking the bay, a Hobie Cat race in the harbor, a sunset sail in an RS dinghy and dinner on board your Bavaria 40 Horizon charter boat. Welcome to paradise.This past fall, Horizon Yacht
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