CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2014

16 Bill Biewenga Offshore The Dark Side of the Electronic Dream 20 David Burch at the Helm Sailing Smart 24 World Cruising Fair Winds and Blue Seas—Cruising in Malta Located slap bang in the middle of the Mediterranean, the llatese Islands are a superb sailing ground—and the world is taking

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Destination Denmark

BWS travels to Denmark to meet with sailing industry leaders  (published February 2014) The September morning I landed at the Billund airport in the west of Denmark was clear and warm and the breeze was blowing the tops of the trees, which augured well for the afternoon of sailing we

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Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard

41°24 N  70°37 W  (published December 2013) Martha’s Vineyard, which lies only a few miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Machusetts, is one of the most famous summer colonies in America. Presidents Clinton and Obama have both spent summer vacations there and many literary lions and lionesses, Broadway

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Sew What? Sew Everything!

Learn how to choose materials and sew canvas throughout your boat  (published December 2013) Over the last winter before we took our Pearson 424, Regina Oceani, back to saltwater after three years of refitting in a Colorado cornfield, we focused our work on the topside canvas. SETTING UP Before starting

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What is your favorite cruising destination?

(published December 2013) The Caribbean, the South Pacific, the Mediterranean, the East or West Coast of the U.S. and Canada, Southeast Asia, Northern Europe and more—how can a well-traveled cruiser choose their favorite? Any cruising sailor with a fair amount of miles under their keel will get asked the question,

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10 Days in the B.V.I.

Here's a quick guide to 10 days in the world's favorite chartering playground  (published December 2013) The British Virgin Islands were created to be a charter destination. There are dozens of protected anchorages. The wind is usually fair and mild. The beaches are beautiful and the reefs fun to snorkel

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The 15-year Refit

Boats of a certain age will almost always be in need of a refit. here's how we are refitting our 15-year old 45 foot sloop  (published October 2013) Rosie and I, with our partners Tony and Judy Knowles, bought our Jeanneau 45.2 in the fall off 2010 with the intention

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Choosing and Understanding Self-Steering Gear

A guide to equipping your boat with an electronic autopilot or windvane: Part I  (published October 2013) Since the earliest days of long-distance solo or shorthanded sailing, a variety of devices have been invented for holding a boat on her course without the need of a constant helmsman. One of

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