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July/August 2021

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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United States
Active Interest Media
R 85,50
R 171,15
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
in praise of displacement

As I write this, it’s springtime in New England, and I’ve begun sailing out on Boston Harbor again, getting warmed up for the summer sailing season. As I’ve been doing so, I’ve been struck, not for the first time, by just how awesome it is being aboard a well-found sailboat. Not only that, I’ve been struck by just how awesome it is being aboard a well-found sailboat with a keel. For better or worse, there’s something about sailors that all too often seems to pit one against the other with respect to the types of boats they sail. Among many multihull sailors, for example, it’s gospel that “if it’s not a cat, it’s a dog.” The biases of those who sail, design, build or just admire boats made of wood, from…

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 sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter, Under Sail, via our website sailmagazine.com The outgoing Containership MSC FLAVIA meets two Cal 20s inside the breakwater of Los Angeles Harbor before the start of the CBYC Point Fermin Inverted Race— Volker Corell, via sailmail@sailmagazine.comThe nose of my Hunter 27 anchored as dawn broke near the eastern entry into Hotham Island, North Channel— Bruce Conron, via sailmail@sailmagazine.comFrom the helm of my 28ft Ericson after a Southern California winter storm heading back to the marina in Long Beach, California— Dean Atkins, via sailmail@sailmagazine.comA hot July morning waiting for the fog to burn off. I rowed away from my CS 33, Chinook,…

2 min

CRAB TURNS 30 The article The Kids Are Alright (May) by Lydia Mullan was an enjoyable story about the various community sailing programs around the country doing great things to encourage a wide variety of youth to get on the water and learn to sail. The story occasionally touched on adaptive sailing for people with disabilities, but certainly more could be written on this topic. Generally, adaptive sailing is a small part of community sailing. However, there are a few organizations, like Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, that strictly serve people with disabilities, wounded warriors and youth from underserved communities. CRAB is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and we have a multi-million dollar initiative underway to build the premier adaptive boating center in the country in Annapolis, Maryland. — Paul Bollinger Jr.,…

6 min
nada reunion

Dense fog, Covid-19 restrictions and rough seas might not sound like much of a recipe for fun. Th row in a rendezvous with our first two Nadas, though, along with a classically beautiful Maine anchorage, a dozen lobsters and lively, exhilarating sailing, and you have a time to remember. My wife, Terrie and I built our very first Nada, a 39ft William Atkin “Ingrid ketch,” from a bare hull between 1978 and 1984. We melted down thousands of lead battery posts for the ballast, built the deck and interior and installed all the systems. Th at done, we sailed Nada to Venezuela and back and to the northwest Caribbean multiple times and wrote a cruising guide to the region. On one of these cruises we were joined by friends, Michael and…

3 min
clewless in the pacific

Squalls are well known to sailors who cruise the middle Latitudes. Eventually you become complacent to their bluster. But squalls vary in magnitude, and while crossing from Tahiti to Oahu, our 47ft Custom Stevens sloop paid the price for carrying too much canvass as we were batted over by a sudden punch of wind and a hammering of rain that damaged our headsail. It was a star-filled night, and I had failed to notice the clouds creeping up from behind us. Salubrious trade winds became instant mayhem. My wife, Ivy, and I rushed to disengage the windvane steering and douse our headsail. Struggling with the furling line, we tried rolling up our headsail, which was now shaking our boat like a chew toy. Our Yankee usually furls with little effort, but…

2 min
children’s book for the soul

BOOK REVIEW Bocci the Sailorman By Kimi Aoyama with illustrations by Tadami Takahashi 52 Pages, ¥1,980 (around $18) amazon.co.jp (search “Bocci” under “Japanese books”) Once upon a time in Tokyo, there was a boy called Bocci. In grade school, he played the piano well and was skillful in calligraphy, but he was not good at all in gym classes… Thus begins the story of lifelong sailor Bocci, as told in the beautiful new picture book Bocci the Sailorman, written by Kimi Aoyama and illustrated by Tadami Takahashi. Readers of SAIL may recognize Tadami as the artist who creates the illustrations for our “Experience” section. And as beautiful as his work for SAIL may be, the artwork he creates to help tell the story of his late friend of over 50 years may be even better. As for…