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SAIL August 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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3 min.
bugging out

Like many of us, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with insects. I love the thought of them, diligently doing whatever it is they do while playing their important parts in the food chain and circle of life. I hate them on my boat, where they’re nothing but a confounded nuisance. I think this goes back to my early cruising days, when I crewed on a boat that suffered a fairly major cockroach infestation that didn’t manifest itself until we were a day out of port, mainsail vanged out on one side, jib poled out on the other, running hard in a 25-knot westerly. This was back in the Satnav era, and I was seated at the nav table when a newly hatched cockroach skittered across the instrument display. The sequence…

1 min.
the sailing scene

Are you out there sailing, cruising life? Share your experiences with other readers. Send your photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website sailmagazine.com Just a little grilling and fishing at sunset on Blake Island, WA, on our 31ft Beneteau, Fair Tides.—Dawn Torres, Poulsbo, WAWe were enjoying this great evening on our mooring in Oyster Bay, NY, with good friends and pizza. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight? So true. The next day was a great one for sailing.—William Koines, Oyster Bay, NYWe saw this rainbow on the west coast of Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, just south of the Bay of Virgins.—Ted Strauss, South Salem, NYI took these photos in Osprey Point Marina at Rock Hall, MD, where the Silver Eagle is…

2 min.

TETHERS: TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR Reading Charles J. Doane’s column Staying Aboard is Best (April 2019) made me rethink my experience of not staying on board. Four years ago I was catapulted off the bow of a boat in a collision at the start of a race. I had a life jacket on, but no tether. Fifteen minutes later, after being in water in the upper 40s, I was pulled on board the signal boat. Since then I have often wondered what would have happened had I been wearing a safety harness. I cannot be certain, but I know I would have been catapulted off, then jerked back very hard into the hull or Staying Aboard Is Best Wearing a harnessis never a safety guarantee bow pulpit. Hitting either…

1 min.
going shrimping

In the rarified world of Mediterranean big-boat sailing, Italy’s Wally Yachts has few peers. Renowned for their minimalistic beauty, exquisite build quality and eye-watering price tags, these boats are the epitome of high-end sailing. While there have been many one-off Wallys, the latest fad among the company’s performance-obsessed clients is the WallyCento class, where the 100ft boats are built to a box rule that still allows plenty of latitude for individual customization. Owners compete against each other in a series of regattas around Mediterranean hotspots. Here, after rounding the leeward mark during the Loro Piana regatta in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the crew of the WallyCento Magic Carpet3 springs into action to retrieve the boat’s giant masthead spinnaker before it hits the water— “shrimping,” in racing parlance. The crew work paid…

5 min.
is cruising still safe

It is with great sadness that we read of the murder of New Zealand cruiser Alan Culverwell, and the attack on his family, by criminals who boarded their boat in Panama’s Guna Yala/San Blas Islands early in May. The San Blas were known as a “safe” area to cruise. Aside from petty theft, there had never been reason to believe the region was unsafe, especially when compared to some of the area’s cities. Many cruisers feel that living aboard, even in exotic locations, is safer than living on land, but is it really? As cruisers, we generally anchor where nature gives us the best protection from wind and waves, not from humans. The human element is far more unpredictable than any weather forecast. What was once a friendly area can have…

1 min.
the beginning of the new end

A mid the widespread devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria when they swept across the northern Caribbean in September 2017, the destruction of the iconic Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands was particularly keenly felt by sailors. The popular destination had been a magnet for visiting cruisers, racers and charterers since the 1960s, and a stopover there to enjoy a few rum drinks and a fine dinner was almost mandatory for passing sailors. Such was the damage that the docks and waterfront buildings were swept away and the cottages sprawling down the hillsides to the beach all had to be demolished. It took some 20 months just to clear the 64-acre property of more than 100 ruined structures, and restore the beachfront and vegetation. The good…