by Adam Cort

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

They say good things come in small packages: take, for example, the Switlik MOM 600. Though it’s about the size of a throw cushion and weighs just 15lb, the MOM 600 automatically inflates when deployed to become a miniature survival raft.

Forespar Tri-Reacher

by Adam Cort, Posted August 15, 2012
The Forespar Tri-Reacher is a three-piece telescoping whisker pole ideally suited for poling out gennakers and other headsails, allowing for deeper sailing angles.

Bayview One Design Regatta

by Adam Cort, Posted August 15, 2012
A Gathering of the Classes: There’s a new one-design kid in town—the Bayview One Design Regatta, which hosted more than 200 boats off Detroit, Michigan, on Lake St. Clair in early June.
How to put this delicately? Although the warm summer sun can feel great on your face, all that heat can wreak havoc on your nether regions. Enter Ice Bear Sailing Powder...
While the U.S. experience at the 2012 Olympic regatta in Weymouth fell very much under the “agony of defeat” category, the experience was plenty thrilling for many of the other countries taking part.
Never has a U.S. sailing team gone into an Olympics with higher hopes. Never have those hopes been dashed so completely as they were in Weymouth, England.
For years West Marine has been offering its own line of branded foul-weather gear, and its Trysail jacket and bibs serve as an excellent example of what to look for in bluewater cruising gear.

MLX Double-Braid Cordage

by Adam Cort, Posted August 10, 2012
MLX double-braid cordage features a blended high-modulus Innegra-S and Dyneema core for strength and a polyester cover for durability. The result is a lightweight affordable rope with high strength and low stretch.

Serious Floating Shades

by Adam Cort, Posted August 9, 2012
Stuff going over the side is one of the hazards of sailing, but these new “Floater” polarized photochromic shades from Australia’s Barz Optics will stay on the water’s surface, even in rough conditions.

Modular Rogue Backpack

by Adam Cort, Posted August 8, 2012
Harken’s waterproof Rogue backpack is constructed from thermoplastic polyurethane-impregnated nylon, which resists abrasion, stains and UV radiation.
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