Sail News

It’s been four years since racers last sailed the cold North Atlantic in the venerable Marblehead-to-Halifax race—and finally, the wait is over. The Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron have announced the 39th Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race set for this July, resuming its previous biennial schedule. (Pro tip: enter before December 31 to
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Lead sailmaker Jake Pender and the author show off her new sail which Pender and loft co-owner Justin Ailsworth sewed in under five hours. It’s a typical humid, southern Chesapeake Bay summer day when I show up on the doorstep of Latell & Ailsworth Sailmakers in the one-stoplight, one-lane-roadway, rural tidewater town of Deltaville, Virginia. I’m
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If you can sell more than 150 catamarans off-plan before the resin has even hit the fiberglass, you must be doing something right. Despite costing around $1.1 million once fitted out and on the water, Fountaine-Pajot’s new 51 has done just that. The French yard has been at it since 1986 and has built up
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Joseph Conrad once wrote, “The sea never changes.” And while this may or not be true, something most definitely not open for debate is the fact we sailors, “wrapped in mystery,” as Conrad put it, are continually changing—whether we like it or not. I found myself thinking these and other equally deep (or silly?) thoughts
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Photo by Robert Beringer Here’s to the humble magnetic compass, without a doubt the sailor’s most reliable instrument onboard. It’s always there for you and with the rarest of exceptions, always operational. Yes, I love my chartplotter, autopilot, radar and AIS. They help me be a safer and more competent navigator. However, they rely on
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The author as a much younger man contemplating the latest boat project Photo courtesy of Lawrence Pane “Old sailors never die, they just get a little dinghy.” It may be a hoary old joke, but one of my problems at age 79 is I can no longer get easily in and out of a little
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Doing my usual job on the J/105.  Will Keyworth Photography The Goal This year, I’ve had a specific goal to be a better sailor. Some people have laughed and said, “Why do you need to be a better sailor? This was my 22nd year racing on the same boat, with the same crew. I like
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Photo by Emily Greenberg I first heard about Capt. Liz Gillooly in 2016 from my cousin while working three jobs in our shared hometown on the North Fork of Long Island and living with my parents to save money for a boat. But despite being the same age and growing up only 13 miles apart,
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PHOTO BY MICHELE GOLDSMITH The Ocean Signal RescueME PLB3 AIS Personal Locator took top honors at the 2022 DAME Design Awards, while Aceleron Essential, a cobalt-free lithium-iron phosphate battery with replaceable and upgradeable parts, won the first DAME Environmental Design Award. Announced each year at Metstrade (Marine Equipment Trade Show) in Amsterdam, the DAME Awards
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Charles Caudrelier’s record setting finish Photo by Pilpre Arnaud The 2022 Route du Rhum was a highly anticipated event in the ocean racing calendar, but few could have predicted exactly how challenging, dramatic, and tragic it would ultimately prove. French yachtsman Charles Caudrelier took home gold aboard the Ultim maxi trimaran Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
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Photo courtesy of GGR Tapio Lehtinen’s boat sank early this morning southeast of South Africa while racing the Golden Globe Race, a faithfully low-tech reproduction of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe. The boat went down quickly and stern-first according to the skipper’s emergency transmissions. Lehtinen’s EPIRB was set off manually from the life raft
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The sound of silence: there’s little need to run the engine to charge the battery bank aboard Spica Photo courtesy of Mia  Karlsson Until very recently, the batteries in sailboats used some form of lead-acid chemistry to store energy. Different manufacturers used different techniques and materials, but in the end, the chemistry and the process
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Features include: running backstay, a full-width traveler, and a low profile cabinhouse Lyman-Morse has been building fine yachts in Thomaston, Maine, ever since Cabot Lyman first joined forces with Roger Morse back in 1978. With experience creating and modifying boats built of various materials, backed by its own in-house fabrication facility, the firm has distinguished itself
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Photo courtesy of James Austrums I don’t like sea stories. My number one goal on every passage is to get the crew back in one piece. My number two goal is to get the boat back in one piece as well. If I can’t do both, I’ll take the former. Do this long enough, though,
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Photo by Dan Nerney Legendary cruising and racing sailors, sailing education advocates and coaches, innovators in boat and sail design, and mariners past and present who have effected positive change—all were among the National Sailing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 celebrated at an induction ceremony and dinner last weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. “The
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Rougher conditions can create leaks aboard wooden boats, especially The old saw that the happiest day in a sailor’s life is the one on which they sell their boat is funny, of course, because of the fact that owning a boat can be both expensive and a lot of work. If you sail a boat
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Early Saturday morning, race organizers announced that the start of the Route du Rhum would be postponed due to hazardous conditions forecasted for the race’s start, with sustained winds upwards of 40 knots during portions of the initial 48 hours. As of today, race organizers anticipate getting underway on Wednesday, November 9 instead. After the
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If you follow the pros, you’ve probably seen the Route du Rhum on many sailing CVs, but what is this event and what can we expect from next week’s race? The Route du Rhum is a French transatlantic race beginning on November 6 in Saint-Malo, France and finishing 3,500 miles later in Guadeloupe. The race
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