by Adam Cort

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

Texas Sailors Win BAB

by Adam Cort, Posted December 6, 2011
Ryan Glaze and the Texas-based crew of the Melges 24 Gringo won SAIL’s 2nd annual Best Around the Buoys (BAB) competition, earning them free entry in the J/80 class at Quantum Key West Race Week 2012, January 15-20.

And Then there were Three?

by Adam Cort, Posted November 21, 2011
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg’s Volvo 70 Mar Mostro’s mast has suffered serious damage to its mast, making it the third of the six boats in the fleet to suffer serious damage in the first of nine legs making up the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
The BayRaider 20 may look traditional with her ketch rig and saucy sheer, but she is very much a modern boat, with features like a self-draining cockpit and a water ballast system to help tailor performance to your particular sailing needs.

Marine Lenses

by Adam Cort, Posted November 15, 2011
Revo’s new “Water” lens is a high-contrast polarized sunglass lens configured to the “specific light-absorbance profile of the ocean.”

Safety in a Small Package

by Adam Cort, Posted November 15, 2011
The ResQLink 406 MHz personal locator beacon (PLB) is less than 4in long and weighs a mere 4.6 oz.

A Better Winch Handle

by Adam Cort, Posted November 15, 2011
The new Speedylock winch handle from antal may not look particularly revolutionary, but it works incredibly well under sail.

The Hanse 445

by Adam Cort, Posted November 10, 2011
This is a boat that violates nearly every traditional aesthetic value you can imagine. Yet somehow, the Judel/Vrolijk design office has managed to blend these elements into a yacht that is powerful looking and uniquely elegant.

Stay in the Dark

by Adam Cort, Posted October 31, 2011
Portshade blinds feature a dense light-trapping “blackout” fabric that stows away quickly and easily in a slim cassette roller when not in use. A number of different sizes are available for everything from the smallest vertical portlights to large horizontal hatches. Custom sizes are also available. The shades are both water-repellant and UV-resistant to ensure long life offshore. A single screw

Touch-Screen Navigation

by Adam Cort, Posted October 31, 2011
The NSS Sport line of chartplotters can be operated via a proprietary “Touch Sensible” touch-screen or by using a keypad and rotary control knob, so that navigators can remain in complete control no matter what the conditions. The plotters are available with screens measuring 6.4, 8 or 12 inches diagonally and have backlit LED screens to maximize visibility and minimize power consumption. All NSS

Cool, Functional Footwear

by Adam Cort, Posted October 31, 2011
Pity the designer trying to come up with something truly “new” in sailing apparel. But with its Latitude 90 footwear line, Norway’s venerable Helly Hansen has come up with what looks like a winner. The shoes’ full-grain leather uppers and excellent “Storm Grip” rubber soles make them as functional offshore as on the dock. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, the shoes come in either
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