by Lauren Saalmuller

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

Q&A: Donna Lange

by Lauren Saalmuller, Posted March 9, 2015
Donna Lange is not just a grandmother of 11—she’s a musician, songwriter, registered nurse, delivery captain, the founder of OceansWatch North America and one of the few American female sailors to circumnavigate solo. In 2007, Donna sailed around the globe and stopped twice along the way. Now she’s planning to again circumnavigate solo on her Southern Cross 28 Inspired Insanity, this time non-stop.
It was a not-so-balmy 25 degrees, and though Boston had been clobbered with eight inches of snow a couple of days before, the sun was shining and the breeze was blowing 15 knots—perfect weather for racing.
All the sailors who participated in the World Cruising Club’s (WCC) 2014 DelMarVa Rally this past June had one goal in common: start small, build big. At least that’s what Mark Johnson, skipper of Aisling, told me at the prize-giving ceremony afterward. 
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. 
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