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Cruising World June/July 2018

Cruising World is your passport for exploring the world’s coastlines and oceans while voyaging under sail. Its contributors inspire and entertain through stories, pictures and videos that underscore the beauty and adventure of sailing, while providing instruction on the disciplines of seamanship, navigation and boat handling. The Cruising World community is made up of experienced, committed sailors and boat owners. No matter their long-range sailing plans, Cruising World’s mission is to nurture their dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure features.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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editor’s log

ANNA’S Time Wet snow fell as I drove north from Boston on Interstate 95 and crossed the New Hampshire line on my way to Thomaston, Maine. It was April 2, and I wondered briefly if Mother Nature had for some reason extended her April foolery by a day. I was headed, after all, to a boat-launch party, which surely should have heralded the arrival of spring. Right? Maine winters are long, and it’s been my observation that the natives get mighty restless by the time mud season comes along. So I wasn’t all that surprised to come up the hill to find the parking lots at Lyman-Morse already filled with pickups and cars, and more pulling in. The snow had ceased just north of Portland, and though the sun was peeking out…

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underway

TWIN PEAKS Malgretoute is a spectacular anchorage just below one of two dramatic volcanic peaks, the Pitons, on St. Lucia. Cruisers are quickly greeted by locals in small skiffs, anxious to retrieve mooring balls and help take lines ashore from your stern — the best setup, due to stray trade-wind chop that wraps in from the windward side. Historically, St. Lucia was batted between France and England more than a dozen times, which left an interesting culture, including a French-based Creole language (I quickly learned a new local phrase: We a bon — “We’re all good, thanks”). The town of Soufrière is nearby, where you’ll find stores for provisioning. For a real experience of the island, go by local bus to the Soufrière sulfur springs, which I highly recommended as the…

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passage notes

Women’s Sailing Conference Attention, ladies! If you’re looking to learn new skills and make new friends, check out the National Women’s Sailing Conference, which takes place on June 2, 2018, in Marblehead, Massachusetts. This fun event includes workshops, both on the water and off, and plenty of networking opportunities. This year’s keynote speaker is Sheila McCurdy, a veteran of 15 Newport Bermuda Races and nine transatlantics. cruisingworld.com/1807women Cruising in Company This summer, the Salty Dawg Sailing Association is hosting two rallies on the East Coast. The Rally to Maine departs Chesapeake Bay on July 8 for Rhode Island and then on to Rockland, Maine. Heading farther north? Then stick around for the Rally to Nova Scotia, which departs Rockland on August 8 and heads to Shelburne, Halifax and the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake. West…

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don’t snip the zip

In the March 2018 issue, you mention using “plastic zip ties” as a quick way to connect certain hardware to stanchions and the like (“15 Under $15” by Scott Neuman). I’m surprised you would promote single-use plastic zip ties on a boat. You know people will snip them and toss them overboard. Plastic zip ties are a problem due to the volume of their use. They are lying in the street, driveways, dumps, etc. Next to plastic bottles and bags, they will be the next big problem due to their single-use design and limited useful life. Of all places where we don’t need them to be used is on a proper boat. We have been using knots and lines for hundreds of years. Pete Chronis, Cincinnati OMG, NO PFD? I love Cruising World,…

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new cats in town

ASTRÉA 42 French catamaran builder Fountaine Pajot has settled on a name for its new Berret Racoupeau-designed 42-footer. The sharp-looking cat will be called the Astréa 42, named after the star maiden in Greek mythology. “Astréa, both a mythological goddess and a constellation, beautifully symbolized this new innovative and bright cruising catamaran,” the company said in announcing the name. All seven models in the Fountaine Pajot range have unusual titles, rather than simply the company’s name and a number denoting size. The catamaran will be introduced here in North America at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, next fall. The Astréa will be available in a three-, four- or five-cabin layout. It features padded lounging areas on the foredeck and Bimini, a raised helm station, U-shaped galley and large windows for near…

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good books

Cornell’s Ocean Atlas by Jimmy and Ivan Cornell (second edition, 2018; Cornell Sailing Ltd.; $80) Anyone planning an extended voyage will find a useful tool in the just-updated and rereleased second edition of Cornell’s Ocean Atlas, a book chock-full of pilot charts and tips for sailing the world’s oceans. The book is the handiwork of author and circumnavigator Jimmy Cornell and his son, Ivan, also a sailor and a computer scientist who developed a program to collect and process weather data from a number of sources, including NOAA satellite observations. The Cornells published their first collection of pilot charts in 2012, based on 20 years’ worth of satellite data. Previously, pilot charts relied mostly on shipboard weather observations. The new atlas includes 80 monthly pilot charts, showing wind speed and direction, currents, the extent of…

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