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SAIL January 2019

Editorial content covers the total sailing experience, featuring articles on coastal and blue-water cruising, trailer-sailing, racing, multihulls and monohulls, daysailing, one-design racing, and much more.

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cold comfort

Sometime on a pitch-black night off the New Jersey coast this past November, I was having serious reservations about cruising under sail. The promised 15-20 knot northerly had morphed into a 20-25 knot easterly with prolonged gusts in the low 30s, and the sea state was, to put it charitably, confused—“a cement mixer,” as one of the cruisers who followed us into Atlantic City later that day described it. I’ve sat out 50-knot blows in the Gulf Stream that were a hayride by comparison. In those long hours between 0200 and dawn, I would have given almost anything to be somewhere else. Yet just 12 hours earlier we’d been close-reaching down the Long Island coastline on a beautiful sunny afternoon, the wind in the northwest and propelling us across the flat…

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the sailing scene

Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? Share your experiences with other readers. Send your photos to And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website We set sail from Chicago on a crossing to Saugatuck, Michigan, when we caught this sunrise over Lake Michigan and our Jeanneau SO 349. — Hal Strider, Chicago, IL I snapped this shot on a still July dawn in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. After several days offshore in fog, we awoke to this scene. What a welcome change! — David Emery, Boothbay Harbor, ME I’m loving the view from our retirement home and having the boat minutes from the Gulf at John’s Pass, Florida. — Rob Lesperance, Treasure Island, FL I took this beautiful sunrise shot on the first morning of my…

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RECOMMENDATION REVISIT The photo accompanying Tom’s Tip Don’t Get Caught (November) is of a North Cardinal mark. The tip “when in doubt traversing a cross current, go to leeward of an obstruction” needs to be tempered with the caveat, “know what’s to leeward of that obstruction.” If the cross-current in the picture is southerly then, if going to leeward of that mark, you would be sailing into danger. In this case prudence would suggest changing course to stay well north of that mark. — Colin Minchom, Boston, MA In principle and in the absence of a chart, you could well be right. In the waters many of us sail, however, large North Cardinal buoys such as this are oft en put there for the guidance of big ships only. The shoal this one…

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mirabaud masterpiece

Every now and then in New South Wales, Australia, Dobroyd Head’s notorious “Bombora” comes to life, as waves break over the shallows there. Not surprisingly, the local sailors know to stay well away when this happens, and it’s rare to see a boat in as close as in this shot of Max Sorensen and his 16ft Skiff, Shead—one of a number of finalists in the 2018 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image contest. The shot was taken on a CanonD5 with a 100-400mm Canon lens while following a Manly 16ft Skiff Club regatta last March. To see more of the finalists from the latest Mirabaud photo contest, go to page 34.…

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one day at a time

Let’s be honest. Daysailing, not cruising the Caribbean or racing solo roundthe-world, is what most of us sailors do. Be it on diminutive Stockton Lake in southwest Missouri, on Chesapeake Bay with its 11,000 miles of shoreline or on the chilly waters of Puget Sound, most of us do our sailing one day at a time. While we love reading about the adventures of the “sail off into the sunset” crowd, the reality is that most of us will never see that proverbial sun set more than a few miles from our home port. But before we start feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s count our nautical blessings and see what we can do to enhance them. Aside from the inherent fun of our sport, daysailing, unlike its more exotic siblings, offers…

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book reviews

SHAKEDOWN CRUISE Nigel Calder Adlard Coles, $25 Few sailing writers are as knowledgeable or as adventurous as Nigel Calder, SAIL’s longtime technical guru. Never afraid to stick his boat’s bow where others fear to venture, Calder has earned his stripes as a cruising guide author as well as a systems expert. If you’re ever lucky enough to spend cocktail hour with him, you’ll hear some tales that beggar belief—but they’ll all be true. Shakedown Cruise is a sort of potted autobiography in which the author of the Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Handbook relates the stories of his earliest cruising adventures and misadventures. From being run down by a freighter in the North Sea to close encounters with sandbanks of all kinds, this collection of anecdotes and sage advice is an engaging and educational…