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SAIL March 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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it was a dark and stormy night…

No sailor’s armory of tall tales is complete without a few dramas. “There I was, in the depths of Tierra del Fuego, on a night black as the inside of a cow, 10 yards from the sharpest, ugliest rocks you ever saw, and it was coming on to blow real strong, and damme if the anchor didn’t start to drag…” You know how it goes. Unfortunately, there’s at least a grain of truth in all such stories, and even if the episodes grow a little more dangerous each time they’re recalled, that doesn’t detract from the very real frights that anchor-dragging scenarios, for instance, can give a poor sailor, whose tenuous grip upon the earth depends on a few pounds of steel. It’s the same with stories of storms, for though…

1 min.
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 I was returning to Corpus Christi Harbor in my J/80, Defying Gravity, after a MORF Wednesday race and couldn’t resist snapping this sunset. —Alex Harris, Corpus Christi, TX Here’s one of those gorgeous Lake Erie sunsets along the Cleveland coast, taken from our Tartan 34-2. —Jeff Cochran, Cleveland, OH Here we are setting up for Friday night beer an races at Ala Wai Harbor, Hawaii. I was heading down to our sailboat at the Waikiki Yacht Club and took this photo from our dock. —Bill Lyon, Oahu, HI I took this shot while enjoying a sunset sail on my Island Packet 32…

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MEMORIES FROM THE BAHAMAS Thanks to Addison Chan for the update on the Bahamas (After the Storm, January). It has been many years since I cruised there, but I will never forget the beauty of the Abacos or the friendliness of the people. I was horrified to see the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian and have donated to help rebuild the islands. I look forward to my next cruise there. —Frank Simpson, Orlando, Fl. MAKING IT AFFORDABLE To me, your article on the winners of SAIL’s 2020 Best Boats contest (January) merely served to highlight how sophisticated and unaffordable modern boats have become. I seem to recall that a few years ago Hanse launched a line of no frills cruising boats at bargain basement prices. Whatever became of them? —George Smolenski, Houston, TX While it’s true…

2 min.
cornell back on the water

One of the formative influences on modern cruising, Jimmy Cornell has been uncharacteristically quiet since his attempt on the Northwest Passage a few years ago. Now the founder of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is all fired up again about yet another circumnavigation and, yes, another rally. Cornell, who turns 80 this year, will set sail in October on the Elcano Challenge—a 30,000-mile circumnavigation following the route taken by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano between 1519 and 1522. The voyage is named after Elcano, because it was he who completed the first round-the-world voyage after Magellan was killed in the Philippines. For the first time, Cornell will turn to two hulls—he is having a 45ft Outremer catamaran built. What’s more, the Elcano, as it’s named, will be fully electric powered,…

3 min.
the old man and the sea

There seems to be no age limit for solo-circumnavigators. Not so long ago we had Californian Jeff Hartjoy set a record for the oldest American to sail around the globe solo, nonstop and unassisted, at the age of 70. A few months ago, 77-year-old Briton Jeanne Socrates became the oldest person to achieve the same feat of skill and endurance, sailing eastabout from North America. Now 81-year-old Australian Bill Hatfield is winding down yet another epic circumnavigation—westabout from Queensland, Australia, solo, nonstop and unassisted, against the prevailing winds and currents. At press time, sailing his Northshore 38, L’Eau Commotion, Hatfield was expected to make landfall at Southport, Queensland in mid-February. This is the gnarly Aussie’s third attempt at the record in quick succession—the previous two were stymied by knockdowns and gear damage,…

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med multihull extravaganza

The ever-increasing popularity of multihulls for coastal and ocean cruising—not to mention chartering—has been mirrored by the growth of the International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte, France. It’s the world’s biggest on-water boat show devoted exclusively to catamarans and trimarans. More than 60 boats will be on show this year, many of them new models. Most of the major multihull builders will have their full ranges—both power and sail—on display, and you’ll also see many interesting boats from the smaller builders that proliferate in Europe but are rarely seen on this side of the Pond. The shoreside booths are packed with designers, builders, sailmakers and service companies, and there’s plenty to see and do in the town and surrounding countryside. All in all, it’s a great introduction to…