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April 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
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sails of our lives

Sitting here in the no-man’s-land of winter, I’m alternating between looking back at past sailing adventures and forward to whatever awaits me this coming year. My journey down the East Coast from Marblehead, Massachusetts, to Florida last fall was a devil’s brew of gales, boat breakages, unrelenting headwinds, near-disasters and general frustration that left me quite disaffected with the notion of cruising under sail.Since then, though, I’ve found the path to psychological sailing salvation lay in kicking back with a rum drink and recollecting some of the glorious daysails, boat races and cruising passages I’ve been fortunate to enjoy over the years. The deeper I dug in the memory banks, the more episodes bubbled to the surface. A fast run out of the Strait of Gibraltar under a full moon,…

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the sailing scene

And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website sailmagazine.comI took this photo of the GBCA’s Icicle Races, which are held every Saturday in January on Galveston Bay. It was taken from our Hunter 340, Sunspot Baby.— Bill Tarnick, Baytown, TXWhile cruising recently off the western coast of Costa Rica, I snapped this shot of a glorious sunset. A distant catamaran can be seen. Prior to seeing this beautiful site, we were sailing in 25-30 knots of breeze with rain pelting us. Can’t wait to do it again.— Chuck and Deb Musante, Townsville, NCWe encountered a “fog bow” beside our anchored Pacific Seacraft 37, Hero, while on vacation in early August 2018 at Jewel Island in Casco Bay, Maine. It lingered for about 10…

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letters

ENIGINE ROOMI enjoyed the review of the Jeanneau 319; nice write up on a nice boat (February). But I did get a chuckle from the comment that “engine space is where the small size of the boat is most noticeable, as it is cramped enough to make routine maintenance a challenge.”It doesn’t need to be a challenge on a boat that size. The attached picture is the engine access on a Catalina 310, a bit smaller than the Jeanneau. The companionway steps tilt forward or are easily removed, and there it is, wide open. If the engine does need to come out, it is a straight hoist up the hatch: no wiggling it out of a recessed area.It’s the best engine access I’ve seen myself on any boat anywhere near…

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inside or outside?

The author’s wife, Marjorie, at the helm offshore (PHOTOS BY DOUG WEIBEL)Last April, my wife, Marjorie, and I decided to take our Tartan 4100, Meri, north to Maryland from her winter home in Hobe Sound, Florida. This in turn meant deciding whether to stay in the “Ditch” for the duration or go offshore part of the way. Although we had both been small-boat sailors since childhood, we’d been relatively new to larger boats before purchasing our Tartan. I’d also had her delivered to Florida the previous fall, so this would be our first Intracoastal Waterway passage.Meri has an air draft of 63ft 4in and her keel draws 5ft 4in, so going all the way on the ICW was certainly an option. We’d also made two crossings to the Bahamas and…

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cruising tips

Straight down the middle–or is it?THE DOUBLE RANGEEvery skipper knows about ranging two objects in line to keep the boat on track in a cross-current. What’s less obvious is monitoring both sides of a gap such as a harbor entrance. Where there’s a stream running athwart the direct route in, it’s important to steer so that the boat hits that entrance around dead center. If there’s no leading line to follow, the answer is to watch both pier heads and make sure that the background is “opening” from each of them at the same sort of rate. If one starts revealing less behind it while the other shows more, you’re on the slippery sideways slope.The deep wave indicates that this boat is close to hull speedTOWING SPEEDSooner or later most…

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lone achiever

Robin Knox-Johnston (right), winner of the first Golden Globe race 50 years ago, greets Van den Heede at the finish (PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHE FAUREAU/PPL/GGR)Whatever is in the water in Brittany, it must be powerful stuff. Followers of the singlehanded sailing game are used to pretty heroic performances by Breton sailors, but none of them have come anywhere near the recent achievements of a 74-year-old former math teacher named Jean Luc Van den Heede. This redoubtable senior citizen not only won the 2018-19 Golden Globe Race (GGR)—a singlehanded “sprint” around the world in the spirit of the original 1968 event, sailed in small production boats without benefit of electronic navigation—in doing so, he also completed his sixth solo circumnavigation.The original Golden Globe Race was sponsored by the Times of London,…

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