by Adam Cort

Adam Cort is SAIL’s executive editor. He lives and sails in the Boston area.

The Vendée Globe is arguably the simplest regatta in the world. Everybody sails alone aboard the same kind of boat—an International Monohull Open Classes Association (IMOCA) 60.
Australia’s Whitsunday Islands, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef just off the Queensland coast, are one of those “bucket list” destinations, known far and wide for great snorkeling, great sailing and some of the best beaches in the world.
If the recent Annapolis Boat Show were to have a theme song it would have to be Dylan’s “Times they are a Changing”—and not just because of the weather, which went from semi-tropical to polar in the space of only a few hours Saturday afternoon.

Diesel Fuel Protection

by Adam Cort, Posted October 16, 2012
BioGuard Plus 6 includes a cocktail of different agents to keep your fuel supply contaminant-free, so your auxiliary diesel can run more smoothly.

Controlled-release Antifouling

by Adam Cort, Posted October 16, 2012
Interlux Micron CSC HS antifouling paint is configured to provide a controlled release of the copper it contains to reduce its environmental impact and prolong its performance over multiple seasons.

Cadium-free Anodes

by Adam Cort, Posted October 15, 2012
You can protect the environment while protecting your propeller and shaft from electrochemical corrosion by swapping out your traditional zincs—which contain small amounts of highly toxic cadmium—with cadmium-free aluminum...

External Thrusters

by Adam Cort, Posted October 11, 2012
Yacht Thruster bow and stern thrusters are installed outside a boat’s hull, as opposed to inside a conventional thruster tunnel.

Crank in that Backstay!

by Adam Cort, Posted October 8, 2012
Harken’s new Integral Hydraulic Backstay Adjusters use double-acting pumps to deliver oil when the handle is pushed and pulled, reducing pumping time by nearly doubling the flow of single-acting pumps standard on other integrals.
The second installment of our 2012 foul weather gear reviews brings you our favorite racing and cruising coastal foulies. Click here to view a PDF of the story from our October issue. And for more information on items that sparked our interest, read on.

HPR in the Big Boat Series

by Adam Cort, Posted September 18, 2012
The new High Performance Rule (HPR) took another big step forward this month when it was used to score its own division at the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay.
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