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On a slow boat to Mackinac

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http://www.sailingmagazine.net/images/Mackinac0213.jpg There’s plenty of time to savor the pleasures of Lake Huron when a sailor vows to sail every inch Long ago, before engines, sailors had to wait for wind, and that’s exactly what I did for hours. My Westsail 32 Antares sat on a motionless sea. The current flowing down into the river carried me slowly back south—I was making negative progress. The boat drifted in circles. The stillness was complete. Finally, mid-afternoon, a zephyr stirred the water and the sails gently filled. A line of bubbles trickled off the rudder and I turned the bow northward. more...

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A nautical getaway can feature a sails call

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"I'd really like to own a sailboat someday," my bartender said.

Do you sail?

"I don't. It just looks really cool," he said.

Sailing is cool, but there's far more to it than buying a boat; it takes a lifetime to master.

"I'm still learning; you're always learning" about sailing, said Dawn Riley, a champion sailor whose seagoing resume is longer than a clipper ship.  more...



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2013 Bayview One Design Regatta Online Registration Now Available

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The 2013 Bayview One Design Regatta (BOD) is an event everyone should add to his or her upcoming racing calendar. Hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan the BOD happening May 31 – June 2, 2013 is sure to be a great event with plenty of Melges 24s already registered to attend. more...




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Schooner SULTANA seeks Chief Mate

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Posted By Tanya Banks-Christensen on 2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM   |  Last Edited By NAAEE Staff on 2/15/2013 3:01:26 PM

The schooner SULTANA is currently seeking a Chief Mate for its 2013 sailing season. Employment for this position begins in late February and can continue through late December.  During the 2013 season, SULTANA will travel the full length of the Chesapeake Bay, visiting numerous ports in both Maryland and Virginia.  SULTANA will work with over 4,500 students and teachers doing educational day sails as well as week long live aboard programs.    more

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Testing out the Gill UV Tec Shorts at Key West Race Week

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What a week for racing!  Conditions couldn’t have been better for my first Key West Race Week with temperatures in the mid-70s and winds around 15kts each day.  

I spent my week aboard the GP42 Stray Dog in the competitive HPR class – although the results weren’t quite what we hoped, we still had some great racing… and some great team gear!
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It Takes a Special Type to Iceboat

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DSC00103ClarkSail reporter Willy Clark recently got his first shot at iceboating when he followed the New England Ice Yachting Association to Squam Lake, New Hampshire for the 2013 Doc Fellows regatta. After a day spent watch the runners go by one thing is clear – it takes a special type to be an iceboater. Below are some of Willy’s thoughts on the matter.

I have seen iceboats race a number of times before, but I never really thought much about it until my cousin and close sailing buddy Oliver Moore got hooked into the NEIYA a few winters back. I knew that they were absurdly fast, and I obviously thought they were extremely cool and exciting. However I must admit that I never really thought much about iceboating. This is the way it is for a lot of “soft water” sailors; they are aware of iceboating and that it’s very special in its own way. But that is about the extent of it, and after a day spent in and around the things I think I can explain why – it isn’t really like sailing. More...



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On a slow boat to Mackinac

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There’s plenty of time to savor the pleasures of Lake Huron when a sailor vows to sail every inch.

Long ago, before engines, sailors had to wait for wind, and that’s exactly what I did for hours. My Westsail 32 Antares sat on a motionless sea. The current flowing down into the river carried me slowly back south—I was making negative progress. The boat drifted in circles. The stillness was complete. Finally, mid-afternoon, a zephyr stirred the water and the sails gently filled. A line of bubbles trickled off the rudder and I turned the bow northward. 

Most sailboats take days to cover the distance from Port Huron at the south end of Lake Huron to Mackinac Island. Race boats sometimes make the course in less than 20 hours, but aboard Antares I had no illusions of matching their speed, as she is better suited to ocean tradewind sailing than to the often light and fickle breezes of the Great Lakes in midsummer. After motoring against the strong current of the St. Clair River from Detroit that morning, I was determined to sail the entire distance to Mackinac Island, regardless of how long it took. Anyone can motor through calms and headwinds, but I had plenty of time, lots of patience and shelves full of books.  more...


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Chicago Match Cup - Big prizes, points at stake in Windy City

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The Chicago Match Cup, a $100,000 sailing competition and the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, will set sail alongside one of Chicago's most popular attractions, the majestic Tall Ships Chicago 2013 Festival, Aug. 7 - 11, 2013.


Twelve of the world's best teams will sail against each other in match race sailing, a form of head-to-head combat similar to the America's Cup, just feet from the edge of Navy Pier. They will compete for their share of the $100,000 prize money purse and points earned toward the Tour's overall World Championship, worth $1.75 million in prize money - the richest in the sailing world.   more...


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Low Great Lakes' water levels threaten South Port Sailing

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Members of the South Port Sailing Club in Tecumseh met Thursday night to talk about how to salvage the 2013 boating season.

Members say water levels in the Great Lakes have dropped so low, they can't use their marina unless they go ahead with an expensive dredging operation.

The latest water bulletin issued by the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans say levels in Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie remain below average.  more...



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Porter’s Full Throttle Wins Melges 24 Key West, Colahan Captures Corinthian Title

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The second day of the five day series at Premiere Racing's 2013 Quantum Key West Race Week has commenced with Alec Cutler's hedgehog leading the competition with an impressive 3-1-2 punch. As the overall leader Cutler hasn't left the podium yet in this competition. 

Close on his heels is Brian Porter sailing Full Throttle who also came up big today with a 2-3-1 finish landing him in second place overall. The two teams have battled throughout the entire competition constantly exchanging the lead and challenging eachother with every move. Another sailor who had a wonderful day on the water is Bora Gulari on West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes with a solid 1-4-4 day earning him third overall spot for day two. more...



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Pozzi Takes Charge Of Melges 32 Key West Fleet

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It was yet another beautiful day on the water for the Melges 32 fleet participating at Premiere Racing's Quantum Key West 2013. More breeze gave way to three races leaving Andrea Pozzi on Bombarda sitting atop the podium in first place overall. Pozzi is ahead by one, but chased by Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino in second and Keisuke Suzuki's Swing in third - both holding 23 points each. more...

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Strong Winds Challenge Crews at Quantum Key West 2013

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Quantum Key West 2013There were a lot of weary bones, aching muscles and exhausted bodies over at The Galleon Dock and Truman Annex on Tuesday afternoon. The sailors on Division 2 of Quantum Key West 2013 because completed three races on the second day of the 26th annual regatta.

  

Competitors in the Melges 24, Melges 32 and J/70 classes were all hopeful of having a 12-race series and Division 2 principal race officer Dave Brennan is trying is best to comply. With northerly winds in the 12-16 knot range, Tuesday provided a perfect opportunity to complete an extra race.

 

   "It was a great day of sailing. The wind was fantastic and the race committee did a superb job of giving us some quality racing," Melges 24 skipper Brian Porter said.  more...



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Melges Strictly Sail Show in Chicago beginning this week, January 24-27

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Melges will be on display at this year's Strictly Sail Show in Chicago, January 24-27. Melges will occupy Space #230 at Chicago's Navy Pier. Melges will feature the Audi Melges 20, the Melges MC and the Melges 29er Skiff. The show is a great time to see these popular Melges products up close.  more...


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Fairport Harbor-based Tartan and C&C Yachts is on the rebound with a new owner

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steve malbasa.JPGFAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio -- Steve Malbasa had never been on a sailboat until three years ago. Then the first time on board, the freedom of sailing swept away his retirement plans.

"I fell in love with sailing," he said. "Sailing is about taking the headwinds and turning it into something that will propel you forward as opposed to taking you backwards," Malbasa said. "It's a great metaphor for life if you think about it."  more...



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Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016

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Changes to The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) occur every four years. These changes go into effect the January 1 following the Summer Olympics. The publisher of the racing rules is the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), who extends permission to publish The Racing Rules of Sailing to national authorities worldwide. US Sailing is the national authority in the U.S. and publishes The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016, including the US Sailing Prescriptions. more...


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