Veteran Solo Sailor Wins the Golden Globe Race

The British sailing magazine Yachting Monthly reports this morning on the winner of the Golden Globe around the world race in an article by Katie Strickland.  Veteran solo skipper Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has won the Golden Globe Race, crossing the finish line aboard his Rustler 36, Matmut this morning at Les Sables

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Coast Guard Back in Business: Will Get Paid!

The US Naval Institute New brings us this update on where the Coast Guard and civilian contractors stand after the 35-day government closure.    Financial compensation is coming soon to the U.S. Coast Guard active duty and civilian personnel who for weeks either worked without pay or were furloughed during

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The Terrifically Terrible Tether

Taking the road less traveled by sailboat  (published May 2018) The hardest part about having an adventurous spirit is the inevitable aloneness that accompanies it. I’m not just talking about the physical aloneness felt by a distance through-hiker or a solo sailor. I’m also talking about the mental aloneness ingrained

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New Beneteau First Yacht 53 To Launch in 2019

Beneteau recently announced the creation of an all-new 53-footer that will be the flagship of the completely re-imagined First line of performance cruisers. The First brand has long been popular worldwide because the designs –36.7, 40.7, 47.7 among them—can be raced in one design fleets, can compete successfully in rated

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The Case for Laminated Cruising Sails

No longer sails only for racers, modern membrane, laminated sails will make your cruising boat sail a lot better and will hold their shape longer than conventional sails  (published April 2018) Have you ever sailed alongside an old classic and been amazed by how fast the boat was going? The

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Fitting Out

Whether you are getting ready for a spring launch or going through your annual haul out, here’s a guide to the essential tasks  (published April 2018) Most cruisers are fairly hands on and will undertake many if not most of the chores in an annual prelaunch refit when getting our

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Becoming a Yachtmaster

Earning a prestigious RYA Yachtmaster certificate can take a sailor many years of courses and training. The author earned hers the Fast-Track way in 10 Demanding Weeks  (published April 2018) I didn’t know, but the five guys reviewing the basics of VHF communication in the cockpit of the yacht close-by

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Theft in Bequia

Another perfect day in paradise? Well, maybe not when an iPad goes missing and the police and lawyers get involved  (published April 2018) I was enjoying a peaceful breakfast at Wildcat’s cockpit table Wednesday morning, watching the sailboats tied up to mooring balls behind us in Bequia’s Admiral Bay harbor

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