by Adam Cort

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

Brand New World

by Adam Cort, Posted November 10, 2010
It quickly became a running joke. “How come we never went snorkeling here before?” my wife, Shelly, would ask. “What a great beach. Why didn’t we go swimming like this the last time we were here?”The answer in each case was exactly the same: we’d been sailing, beating our way up and around St. John, reaching through the trades, reveling in the sheer joy of our boat speed. Not until the sun

U.S. Solo Sailing Update

by Adam Cort, Posted November 9, 2010
This past week saw not one, but two U.S. sailors competing in a pair of offshore, singlehanded classics. Making his way toward Cape Town, South Africa, veteran circumnavigator Brad Van Liew is currently leading the pack in the Velux 5 Oceans Race. Meanwhile, Etienne Giroire is fighting his way from Brittany, France, to Guadeloupe aboard the 40-foot trimaran ATNinc.com as part of the 2010

Three To Go

by Adam Cort, Posted November 8, 2010
Mere days into the official 34th America’s Cup challenge period, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) has thrown its hat into the ring, making it the second official challenger for the event, after the challenger of record, Club Nautico di Roma. At a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, officials with the KSSS and the Artemis Racing sailing team, which will represent it, outlined in

Automatic Pitch Variation

by Adam Cort, Posted November 5, 2010
The new Max-Prop Ecowind feathering propeller from PYI Inc. automatically varies its pitch under different motoring situations, providing higher top speeds in both calm and rough conditions, significantly lower fuel consumption, extended range under power, better acceleration and less engine noise at cruising speeds.The key to the Ecowind is a patented spring systems that adjusts propeller

Strong Line

by Adam Cort, Posted November 5, 2010
To manufacturer its new Ph.D. line, Yale Cordage entwines individual bundles of load-bearing, pre-stretched Honeywell Spectra S1000 strands with proprietary iGrip-treated, easy-to-grip polyester fibers. The encapsulated Spectra strands are then woven into a 12-strand, single-braid line that provides the same, or better strength than a standard double-braid, without a double-braid’s bulk and

The Ultimate Wallet

by Adam Cort, Posted November 5, 2010
Tired of coming home from a day on the water with a damp wallet? Tired of sitting on the rail when it’s blowing stink wondering how your stuff is faring amid the chaos below? The TMT Sport Wallet features a machined Delrin housing with an O-ring to ensure your cash, credit cards and ID all stay toasty dry.There’s also a compass, toothpick, pen and pair of tweezers, should you ever need

Save Sailing

by Adam Cort, Posted October 4, 2010
It’s been a year since Nicholas Hayes published Saving Sailing: The story of choices, families, time commitments and how we can create a better future. Since the book came out, Hayes has spoken with sailors across the country about his ideas. We recently caught up with him to find out what he’s learned during his travels.Have you found out anything new about sailing in the

AC Redux

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2010
It was a sight to gladden the heart of an America’s Cup traditionalist—nearly a dozen 12-Meters sailing together in Newport, Rhode Island, as part of the 2010 America’s Cup 12-Meter Era Reunion, sponsored by Rolex and hosted by the New York Yacht Club.The event took place September 17-19, and was preceded by the 12-Meter North American championship, which took place on Rhode Island Sound.

Dazzling Daysailers

by Adam Cort, Posted September 27, 2010
Two days after the close of the Newport Boat Show, we had a chance to take out a couple of the smaller new boats we’d visited there, the Scandinvian Cruiser and Class 2M. Despite their diminutive size, both were standouts at the show, with their striking good looks, unique design and excellent build quality.Quick but forgivingThe first boat

Two New Reversible Winches

by Adam Cort, Posted September 24, 2010
Since the advent of modern winches, easing sheets under load has been problematic. Doing so requires uncleating the line or removing it from the self-tailer, a procedure fraught with hazard for the unwary—until now. In the run-up to the Annapolis Boat show, Harken and Seldn have both unveiled new self-tailers that can ease a sail under load, with your fingers safely out of the way and the line
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