by Meredith Laitos

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

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
At 360 feet long and 220 feet tall, the barquentine clipper ship Star Flyer is a sight to behold under sail.It takes three officers and over two dozen crew to manage the sixteen sails aboard Star Flyer, one of the three clipper ships in the Star Clippers family. Here, the crew poses from the bowsprit while

Monthly Charter Specials

by Meredith Laitos, Posted January 10, 2011
Sunsail has just launched a new website that makes finding their specials a breeze, weather its on monohulls, multihulls or flotillas. From now until the end of April, all charter boats under 43ft are 15 percent off, and in the month of May, monohulls in the

Bienvenue en Guadeloupe

by Meredith Laitos, Posted December 6, 2010
Though Guadeloupe has long been a popular charter destination for Europeans, the five-island archipelago is making its way onto the American radar, and for good reason. Explore the well-equipped marinas, protected bays, clean towns and tantalizing French cuisine through this photo gallery from SAIL’s most recent Guadeloupian

Much Ado About St. Martin

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 11, 2010
Most people think of St. Martin/Sint Maarten—northernmost of the Leeward Islands—as being half-French, half-Dutch. But it’s also Creole, Caribbean and a hodgepodge of over 125 other nationalities. More importantly, it is an excellent jumping off point for a charter cruise replete with lovely sailing, blue bays, white sand beaches and high-end French shopping and cuisine.Several charter

Work Hard, Play Hard

by Meredith Laitos, Posted November 10, 2010
After four years of college sailing, I thought I knew a thing or two about sailboat racing: hit hard, hike hard, trim well and yell loudly enough to intimidate the competition. Then I stepped aboard my first big keelboat, where I found winches, heavy lines, an electrical panel and a loud, frightening engine. Though I understood the principles of sailing, this was a very different animal from a
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