Boating & Aviation

SAIL September 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.

United States
Active Interest Media
Read More
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor: back to the future

Back to the Future The news of Don McIntyre’s reinvention of the original Whitbread race (see p18) raises some interesting questions about the psychology of modern sailing. The thought of a fully crewed race around the world employing none of the technology and little of the labor-saving equipment we now take for granted excites some people and strikes horror into the hearts of others. McIntyre tested the waters, so to speak, with the recently concluded Golden Globe race, in which 16 redoubtable sailors set offon a somewhat quixotic rerun of the original solo round-the-world race held half a century ago. Minus mod cons like GPS, satellite communications and weather routing, and sailing long-keeled 36-footers, they were thrust back into a simpler, forgotten world where you either relied on your own resources to…

2 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 sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website sailmagazine.com LETTERS MORE TO SEE I thoroughly enjoyed Eric Vohr’s article on sailing from Newport to Nantucket and back (South of the Cape, July). These are truly some of the best cruising waters in North America. Mr. Vohr covered three charming destinations, but there are many, many small harbors in this area where you can pick up a mooring and go ashore in quaint towns with good restaurants. Here are a few more recommendations for anyone headed to New England In Oak Bluffs, everyone should visit the Wesleyan Grove, a 34-acre Methodist encampment with numerous tiny gingerbread houses, dating back…

7 min.
a farewell to cuba

Cuba has assumed near mythical properties in the community of sailors around the world. It is almost impossible to utter the name without conjuring up images of rum, sultry latin music and revolution. _ ere is both a bad-boy aura of the forbidden and a seductive call of discovery that make sailors want to visit this island that is unlike any other destination. As the largest island in the Antilles, Cuba has been in_ uenced by maritime tradition throughout its history. From the treasure galleons of Spain to African slave ships and the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, vessels of all descriptions have helped to mold the island into what it is today. Since 1963, however, when the Cuban Assets Control Regulations were put into place to enforce…

2 min.
sanders sails again

In the annals of shorthanded sailing, Australian Jon Sanders stands with the greatest. His achievements are little short of awe-inspiring, all the more so for being accomplished in modest boats on small budgets. A sheep shearer for many years, Sanders started sailing as a child and took up solo sailing in the 1970s. He made his first solo circumnavigation in 1975-77 on Perie Banou, his S&S 34. In 1981-82 Sanders became the first singlehanded sailor to circumnavigate Antarctica, which he did not once but twice on Perie Banou, covering 48,510 miles in 419 days. He turned left after rounding Cape Horn for the second time and sailed up to Plymouth in England, turned around and sailed back down the Atlantic and around the tip of South Africa to his starting point…

1 min.
in brief

ANNIVERSARY NARC The North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Participants will start the first leg to Bermuda from either Newport, Rhode Island, or Cobb’s Marina in Little Creek, Virginia, on October 26—or the best weather window after that date, says organizer Hank Schmitt. From Bermuda, the rally heads for St. Maarten. Schmitt says that by going east to Bermuda rather than heading directly for the Caribbean, sailors can avoid having to motor into the southeast trades. Entry in the rally is free and it features discounted dockage, plenty of social activities and shared weather routing. For more information, go to sailopo.com TITLES FOR FLORIDA A recreational boat title bill has recently been signed into law in Florida, aimed at protecting unsuspecting buyers from being swindled by…

2 min.
cruising tips

MARK UP FOR THE CRANE DRIVER How many times has a crane or travelift driver who doesn’t know my boat asked me where I want the slings when he’s about to lift her out? Next time you’re successfully hauled, make a note in the back of the log book of where the slings landed. This might be in relation to stanchions, rigging or any other immovable reference point. When the time comes around again for the crane, stick an inch or two of masking tape at the right spot. The driver will be grateful, and you won’t end up with a bent prop shaft and heaven knows what else in the way of collateral damage. BE THRIFTY WITH PROPANE If you like to cook on board, the propane tanks supplied as standard with…