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SAIL March 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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singular sailing

Solo sailing was much on my mind this past winter, mainly because of the Golden Globe race. For those of you not familiar with this event, it’s a singlehanded round-the-world race in cruising boats of no more than 36ft and without the help of electronic navigation, in the spirit of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe race in 1968. Like the original race, this iteration of the Golden Globe was packed with drama, perhaps even more so. At the time of writing there were only six of the original 19 entrants left as the leaders drew close to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. The rest had succumbed (only figuratively, fortunately) to varying degrees of calamity, ranging from equipment failure to knockdowns, pitchpolings and dismastings. There was some high drama…

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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 A September sunrise off Allen Island, Muscongus Bay, Maine.— Dave Short, Mount Desert MEA sailor’s dream! This was taken on Christmas morning 2018 aboard my 2005 Catalina 36 MK ll.— Stephen Butler, Ruskin, FLI enjoyed watching the sunset fade into a star-filled Summer sky while anchored out on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair on my Catalina Capri 22.— Todd Brinkman, Rochester, MIIt doesn’t always snow in Buffalo! Taken aboard our Hunter 280, Spinoza’s Revenge.— Steven and Beth Weiss, Getzville, NYDolphin sighting crossing the Minch to South Uist, Scotland! This photo was taken from Windsmith II, our 1986…

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going north—and west

Crack! Crunch! I woke with a start to the sound of ice scraping the hull of our 60ft sailboat, Dogbark. In a drowsy daze, I hobbled out of the small cabin I was sharing with my little sister. As I emerged into the cockpit, I swiveled my head, searching for the ice making those awful noises. It was a cold and foggy August morning. The 15-knot breeze whipped my hair across my face. Every breath I took in felt frozen. My mom was on the bow using a long metal pole to push away a car-sized growler that was trying to run over our anchor chain. I looked up and scanned Cross Island, which we were anchored in the lee of, to see if there were any polar bears lumbering on…

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cruising tips

CUT WINDAGE IN A BLOW Next time you’re anchored and you know it’s going to blow seriously hard, have a think about unnecessary windage. The boat herself may be sleek down at water level, but all the other stuff could see you coming unstuck when the chips are down at midnight. Lowering the dodger, for example, could save you 10ft. Next, drop your roller genoa. Not a popular order, but you’ll be typically 7ft to the good. If you can lower your boom end and lash it to the quarter that’ll also help, by getting its windage as low as possible. And have you ever felt the pull of a loaded flag halyard in a gale? Dropping all your bunting will save your flags and a big drag as well. The only…

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maximum effort in tasmania

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is best known for the wild weather that often marks the Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Australia. However, Tasmania’s Derwent River, which serves as the homestretch into the finish in Hobart, can be no less daunting with its heart-breaking calms. In recent years, the Derwent has also become the site of some nail-biting finishes between those in search of line-honors, as the Maxi Class has become both more numerous and increasingly competitve. This time around, no less than four of the 100ft thoroughbreds found themselves duking it out following the roughly 600-mile run down from Sydney, including longtime race veteran Wild Oats XI, Black Jack, Comanche and InfoTrack. At one point a mere four miles separated all four boats as they made round Tasman Light.…

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lucky seven for ac 36

Aperennial challenge for professional sailboat racing is striking a balance between boats that are exciting to sail, but aren’t so cutting edge (read expensive) that it becomes impossible to get enough teams to compete. Fortunately for Cup fans, the Kiwi defenders for the 36th America’s Cup appear to have found a winner in their new full-foiling AC75 monohull. As this issue went to press, no fewer than six challengers had officially thrown their hats into the ring, including not one but two U.S. syndicates: the New York Yacht Club’s Team American Magic squad, and Stars & Stripes Team USA, flying the burgee of California’s Long Beach Yacht Club. The other challengers include Challenger-of-Record, Luna Rossa, of Italy; a joint Dutch effort sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club Muiden and the Royal…