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Happy Holidays from SAIL

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The SAIL e-newsletter is off for the remainder of the year, but before we go, we wanted to wish you and yours the very best from all of us at SAIL. This year has been full of ups and downs, and we appreciate that you’ve been with us for all of them. In the office, we always say that SAIL has one of the smartest, most responsive readerships of any magazine. Whether you’re offering an alternative recommendation for our Ask SAIL queries or pointing out a line overboard in our cover shot, the knowledge and engagement in this community is incredible. Meeting so many of you on the docks and on the water in 2021 has been an enormous privilege.

When we return in 2022, the UnderSAIL e-newsletter is going to look a little different. The SAIL team has been hard at work reimagining it with a fresh look and more of the content you love. We appreciate that sometimes digital is more convenient than print, and for breaking news you can’t beat the immediacy of an online update. (But don't worry, that doesn't mean the print magazine is going anywhere!) Among the upgrades is an all-new digital exclusive Notice to Mariners column in which the editors give their own behind the scenes perspectives on nautical current events and happenings. Plus, there will be new podcasts, quizzes, trivia and more.

We’re so excited for everything planned for 2022. We couldn’t make it happen without the best community a magazine could wish for, so here’s to you. Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. 


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Cape2Rio Draws to a Close

With just four boats still on their way, it has been a long road to Rio for the fleet competing in this year’s Cape2Rio. Larry Folsom’s American-flagged Balance 526 Nohri took line honors and a win in the MORCA fleet, finishing with a corrected time of 18 days, 20 hours, and 42 more


Close Encounters: A Star to Steer By

I first met Steve and Irene Macek in the proper way—in an anchorage full of bluewater cruising boats. This was in St. Georges, Bermuda, in the spring of 2019. Theirs, without doubt, was the most distinctive boat there—an immaculate, three-masted, double-ended Marco Polo schooner more


The Ocean Race Leg 2 Kicks Off

After a trial by fire start to the race and only a brief stop for limited fixes, the five IMOCA 60 crews in The Ocean Race set off for Cape Town, South Africa, early on January 25. Despite arriving somewhat battered in Cabo Verde, an African island nation west of Senegal, the more


Cruising: Smitten with a Wooden Boat

I was sailing down the inner channel of Marina del Rey under a beautiful red sunset when Nills, one of the crew members on my boat, pointed out an unusual and unique-looking 40-foot gaff-rigged wooden cutter tied to the end of a dock. Its classic appearance was a stark contrast more


Racing Recap: Leg One of The Ocean Race

New to spectating The Ocean Race? Managing Editor Lydia Mullan breaks down everything you need to know to get started. more


From the Editor: Keeping the Hands in Hands-On

SAIL Editor-in-Chief Wendy Mitman Clarke enjoys a sunny autumn cruise in her Peterson 34 on the Chesapeake Bay. It was late afternoon just after the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis when I climbed aboard the last boat on the schedule. I and others who review and sail boats for more


B&G Announces New Zeus S Chartplotter

B&G has long been putting out top-of-the-line electronics, but the new Zeus S Chartplotter is a new take on the best way to give sailors the exact information they need, when they need it. “So many more people sail shorthanded these days, whether as a couple or when they’re more


Charter: Mission to Mars

In the wake of the pandemic, many sailors are seeking adventure and grabbing onto a vision of their best lives. For some, that may mean sailing across the Atlantic with the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) while for others, it could be a yacht charter in the Caribbean. The more