by Lauren Saalmuller

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

Dinghy sailors will tell you there’s nothing quite like mastering lake sailing, where constant windshifts keep you on your toes, getting doused with spray is a welcome cool-down, and handling your boat just right, especially on the racecourse, is vital...
When it comes to safety, working with rigging and completing everyday chores, knives have long been essential onboard tools. Here’s a selection of the best in the market.
If you’re looking for an outstanding, solid fixed-blade knife, check out Boye’s Cobalt Basic 3. Availabe with either a pointed or rounded tip, the knife is made of Boye Dendritic Cobalt
West Marine’s Performance Rigging Knife boasts a steel blade that is serrated along half its length, so it will easily cut through thick material and line. 
One serious piece of equipment for dedicated riggers. Its handle is made of black G10, and the steel is pro-grade German marine stainless, which is comparable to 440C steel
Years in the making, the new Tusk from renowned knife-maker Spyderco takes sailing-knife design to a point where engineering truly becomes art. Where to begin?
Boye’s Cobalt Folding Knife is ideal for “harsh, humid and wet environments,” and is a great overall knife that can be easily handled and maintained. 
Whether you’re revving up for the start of a race or cruising the coast, having a reliable watch aboard is a must. Thanks to the latest in digital technology, today’s sailing watches offer more features than ever before...
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...
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