Nautica e Aviazione


August/September 2020

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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2 minuti
sailing and the pandemic

While readers of SAIL magazine don’t look to these pages for commentary on world affairs, the Covid-19 pandemic is different in the way it has affected every facet of daily life, sailing included. Undoubtedly, many readers have lost friends or loved ones. I suspect we’ve lost readers. We at SAIL offer their loved ones our condolences. Economically, of course, the pandemic has also been nothing less than devastating, for sailing as well as the rest of the world. Countless marinas and manufactures have had to suspend operations for weeks on end. Hundreds, even thousands of events have been cancelled, ranging from regattas to rallies to boat shows. Companies have foundered, jobs have been lost, lives disrupted, possibly for years to come. With that in mind, however, a couple of observations. First, from where…

1 minuti
the sailing scene

And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website Here is a shot I got around Cheers, our Catalina 30’s mast at our dock at the Muskegon Yacht Club — Jeff Rollins, Spring Lake, MI Here’s San Francisco Bay during some unsettled weather. About 10 seconds after this shot, a baby whale spouted off our quarter! — Mark Simons, Martinez, CA Finally sailing my Pearson Ensign after two months of coronavirus precautions that closed Miami’s marinas. Leaving Stiltsville Channel, with a nice view of the Cape Florida Light — Doug Hanks, Coconut Grove, FL Here’s a picture (taken by Alan Forsythe) of Loon, our 46ft Sparkman and Stephens yawl, anchored off Crane Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State — Mary Lynn and Ken Woods,…

2 minuti

A FELLOW KELLET USER I loved Nigel Calder’s article about using a kellet (The Weight, April). When I used to have a nylon rode and anchor that I used in a river, I found the rode would sometimes catch on the keel when the current ran against the wind and pushed the boat over the anchor line. I used a mushroom anchor and let it ride down the rode, attaching it with a heavy-duty carabiner that was big enough to slide down the rode. This was attached to a thinner 15ft secondary nylon rode. — Eric Ludin, via A FOND FAREWELL Having moved from an 11 ft Mayflower to a 16ft Hobie, then, after a dry period, to a Columbia 23 and a Catalina 25, I’ve been reading SAIL for many years. I…

1 minuti
a misty mashup

A trio of International 2.4mR sloops vies for position on a foggy day during last year’s C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island. In the background is Newport’s resident tall ship, the Oliver Hazard Perry. The regatta, named in honor of the late Tom Clagett, a World War II Navy veteran and lifetime sailor, is dedicated to providing sailors with disabilities “the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition.” For more on the regatta and the organization’s other programs and events, visit…

11 minuti
fleeing the caribbean

I was inelegantly bent over the bow pulpit, struggling to remove the lashings that secure the anchor when we’re off shore. We had just sailed 400 miles from Grenada, and my wife, Tadji, was at the helm, motoring into Christmas Cove off Great St. James Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “This looks good,” she said decisively. “OK, neutral,” I said, but our Kaufman 47, Quetzal, failed to slow down. “Reverse,” I said, with a bit more conviction. “It’s in reverse,” she said. “Something’s wrong, it’s not responding.” I dashed back to the cockpit, where fortunately, it’s easy to reach the transmission behind the companionway and popped the engine out of gear. Rushing forward again, I dropped the chain all at once, and our reliable Spade anchor brought us to…

7 minuti
jacks versus slacks

Does anyone else ever get the feeling they’re being followed by hurricanes? It may be a bit of hubris, but it honestly seemed that way recently. First, in 2018, Hurricane Michael raged a mere 100 miles east of where our 1985 Niagara 35, Plaintiff’s Rest, was up on jacks in Pensacola, Florida. Then, in 2019, Hurricane Dorian chewed up everything in its path just 60 miles north of where we had her tied her up at a dock in the Bahamas, in “slacks,” as we now call it. Fortunately, Plaintiff’s Rest survived both storms. (Knock on wood!) Not only that, but while luck (as is invariably the case with hurricanes) was a major factor, having now prepared our boat in two very different ways in two very different locations, my partner,…