Month

July 2013
Just as all roads once led to Rome, many cruising sailors now believe that all working lines should lead to the cockpit. The result, unfortunately, is often a pile of multi-colored spaghetti that is hard to manage and actually makes it more difficult to sail your boat. On aft-cockpit boats the most common scenario now...
This may be the only reason I would ever want to be Tom Cruise. Even Grant Dalton seems to be impressed by him, and when Tom gets to ride on an AC72, he actually gets to help sail the boat. Meanwhile, while racing without Tom Cruise onboard, Emirates Team New Zealand, as you've probably noticed,...
In what has been described as one of the biggest, most complex rescue efforts ever undertaken on the Irish coast, two Irish Coastguard helicopters, three RNLI lifeboats, and a flotilla of various other craft saved all 30 crew and trainees, most of them teenagers, off the Dutch sail-training vessel Astrid after she went up on...
Sorry, folks, but I have to lay another Dorade Transpac video on you. Though not as funky as the last one, this one was shot from onboard as she was blasting toward the finish line off Diamond Head on July 20. Not everyone else has finished yet, but it is certain that Dorade has won...
I have to say, I really dig Matt Rutherford's new ride (pictured above). It looks to be a Colvin Gazelle, a boat I've always admired, but with an unstayed cat ketch rig. Very interesting. But that's not what we need to discuss right now. You may have noticed, per a recent post by my SAILfeed...
I don't have any info on when and where this happened, but I'm guessing somewhere in Europe. The boat is a Hallberg-Rassy, I can see that. Whoever is driving is... optimistic, to put it nicely. Afterwards I'm sure he was saying, "Oh, well. We needed a new mast anyway." What really blows me away is...
This is a swell bit of videography if you're into classic racing yachts. The famous Olin Stephens-designed yawl Dorade actually won the TransPac way back in 1936 and set a course record that stood for some time. Her current owner, Matt Brooks, is determined to run her as an ocean-racer again and is particularly interested...
I went out on Lunacy on my own on Monday afternoon and sailed up to Lower Goose Island, just across Middle Bay from Harpswell Neck. There's a cozy-looking anchorage here, just north of two ancillary islets called the Goslings, that I've spied from a distance but have never actually visited before. According to my copy...
I've been posting a bit lately about abandoned boats, and my SAILfeed colleague Clark Beek has rightly pointed out that it is high time I bloviated on the subject of salvage rights. Many people believe that if you find an abandoned boat it automatically belongs to you, and yes, I intentionally played into and exploited...
Here's a nice demolition-derby video: a cement-carrying freighter named Cyprus Cement (creative name that) lost control of itself and wiped out 10 to 15 recreational vessels (none of them sailboats, fortunately) in the Levanger marina in Trondheim, Norway, earlier this week. Word has it this was the result of a bow-thruster failure, though you'll note...
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