by Lauren Saalmuller

Lauren Saalmuller is SAIL's Assistant Editor. She sails in both New England and Fire Island.

I didn’t realize was how inspiring it would be. Women Under Sail, a females-only big-boat sailing course...
Few sailors look forward to climbing the mast, but inevitably there comes a time when it’s necessary to make repairs aloft. Bosun’s chairs are the method of choice, but you need...
Frosbite sailors endure the bitter cold, blizzard conditions, icy decks and frozen lines—here's why racing in the winter is worth it.
In a clash between the privatization and public access of waterfront property, Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, Virginia, is battling the city’s attempt to acquire half an acre of its historic waterfront and turn it into a park.
You can never have too many snazzy boat shoes, and Sebago’s new Felucca Lace models for women are as comfortable as they are stylish, whether you are dockside or on deck.
Although multihulls have been around for thousands of years, the beach cat is a relatively new invention—the brainchild of a generation of sailors, surfers and Navy vets all taking advantage of the new boatbuilding materials that became widely available in the wake of World War II. 
It's that time of year again — time to fill the stockings of the sailors in our lives with gifts they can use all throughout the year. Whether they're racers or cruisers, the sailor who has everything or the apres sailor, SAIL's 2014 gift guide has something for everyone.
Satisfy your winter sweet tooth with a box of Harbor Sweets’ new Salt & Ayre chocolate, enhanced with a variety of different spices.
Barz Optics’s Tofino Acetate Polarized sunglasses wrap snugly around your head and include side windows to provide maximum protection and visibility over an especially wide field of vision.

Alpaca Guitar

by Lauren Saalmuller, Posted December 2, 2013
Not only is the Alpaca guitar built of carbon fiber, flax fabric and bio-derived resins, it’s also tough enough to withstand grime, water and dings in even the harshest elements. Carrying it isn’t a problem, either, as it’s lightweight and has an embedded daisy chain that allows for easy attachment to any duffel
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