by Adam Cort

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

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

Grab a Line with Ease

by Adam Cort, Posted September 24, 2010
The LineGrabber allows you to quickly and easily attach a line or anchor snubber at any point along another line. It can also be used in any number of other applications, from securing a coil of rope to hanging something from a backstay or securing a dock line. LineGrabbers are manufactured by the same company that makes the Shockles anchor line snubber and consist of a sewn double loop of 1/4in

Safe, Sound and Visible

by Adam Cort, Posted September 14, 2010
Seaview Sail Pods from PYI house and protect your steering instruments while ensuring you can still see them clearly. Sail Pods are available in four sizes, with faceplates that can be custom pre-cut to order. Each Sail Pod comes with a UV-resistant ABS plastic housing and stainless steal rail mounts. Enclosed wire runs protect cables and sockets from moisture and snagging.A number of

See the Wind at Night

by Adam Cort, Posted September 14, 2010
The new Tri-Color Anchor Navigation Light from Signal Mate uses a clear window on top to allow the white stern light to shine upward. This extra beam of light then illuminates the wind vane’s reflective patches whenever the light is on, eliminating the need to click on the anchor light to make the wind indicator visible—an incorrect and dangerous practice that can be confusing to other boats in
Although we don’t yet know the venue, we know a good deal more about what the 34th America’s Cup regatta is going to look like following Monday's press conference in Valencia, Spain. First and foremost, it’s going to be aboard 72-foot catamarans with wing sails.Let me say that again: 72-foot catamarans with wing sails.According to officials, the new AC72 class will
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