Nautical Distancing: Age of the Virtual Boat Show

Marine titles aim to tap the robust digital engagement from boaters who, like everyone, are tired of being stuck inside.At a time when most people are dreaming about being in public without hand sanitizer, it makes sense that marine enthusiasts are increasingly fantasizing about feeling liberated, rather than cooped up, spending days with family members on a boat.Active Interest Media’s Marine Group is looking to leverage its robust digital engagement by producing a Virtual Boat Show that will connect...

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ASA Presents Webinars with Peter Isler

Photo courtesy of ASA SailingSocial distancing keeping you away from the boat? The ASA is here to help, announcing three webinars for improving your sailing without leaving home. They will be hosted by Emmy-winning sailing broadcaster and ASA co-founder Peter Isler.The webinars will cover topics such as weather, navigation and bareboat chartering. The first, covering sailing safety, will be Thursday, April 2. The second, titled “A Businessman’s Holiday” will be Saturday the 4th. And the final webinar, which is...

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Get out and Sail: Virtually

Just because you’re stuck at home self-quarantining, that’s no reason you can’t still hone your skills or teach someone else you know about boathandling with the American Sailing Association’s online Sailing Challenge game.Created in cooperation with Nolan Bushnell, a longtime sailor and the founder of Atari, the ASA game includes everything from “Harbor Tour” competitions in which you try to navigate an inshore course as efficiently as possible to straight-up tests of your sailing knowledge. Multiple types of boats...

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Time to Try Virtual Sailboat Racing?

Stuck at home self-quarantining? How about giving on-line sailboat racing a try? Begun in 2010 and now working in partnership with sailing’s international governing body, World Sailing, Virtual Regatta has long allowed fans to take an active part in everything from the Vendée Globe to the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup. Satisfyingly realistic and offering pretty much everything you get with real sailboat racing (save mal de mer and salt spray) the game also offers a great way for...

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How Risky is the ICW with Covid-19?

Being a cruising sailor, one is already practicing a kind of social distancing. But coastal cruisers, and those transiting the Intracoastal Waterway, in particular, still have to return to land for re-provisioning and things like water, fuel, and pump-outs. When you dock in a marina you become part of a cohort of potential viral sources as well as a potential viral vector for the cohort. When you next come to shore to a second marina you are now exposed to a...

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A Chat with Charlie Enright

Volvo veteran Charlier Enright Photo courtesy of Amory Ross/11th Hour RacingRhode Island native Charlie Enright, 35, has competed in not one but two Volvo Ocean Races (VOR), with Team Alvimedica in 2014-15 and Vestas 11th Hour Racing 2017-18. More recently, Enright and 11th Hour Racing have announced they will compete in The Ocean Race, the successor to the VOR, which will feature a fleet of full-foiling IMOCA 60s that promise greater speeds—and stresses on the crew—than ever. This past spring...

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Intro to Epoxy

In this video, West System Tech Advisor Ben Gougeon takes a look at some of the basic properties of marine-grade epoxy, as well as what it’s capable of and the different kinds of materials it can be used with, whether it’s in the context of a minor repair or an entire boatbuilding project. For additional information or to contact the tech center directly, click here.Return to All Epoxy Videos

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Cruising: a Long Haul North

There are many mantras experienced cruisers like to pass on to those less experienced. First and foremost among these is: “Never sail to a schedule.” After that comes: “Choose your weather window carefully.” Unfortunately, this past spring, my husband, Brian, and I violated both these tenets when decided to set sail from Georgia in early March to head north.Many times in the coming days and weeks, we wished we’d listened to ourselves, but we had jobs in Annapolis to...

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How to Become a Yacht Master

On Britain’s Solent, you get used to dealing with bad weatherPhoto by Eric VohrLearning to sail is an organic process. Often we’re introduced to the sport by a family member or good friend who loves sailing and wants to share their passion. As such, one learns in bits and pieces. The problem is you can end up with lots of missing bits, and thus many sailors with decades of experience have huge gaps in their training. As it turned...

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Experience: Threading the Needle in a Thick Fog

Navigating through the murk took all three crewmembersIt was a dark night, utterly black. Any light was blanketed by the fog. My chartplotter was night-blinding me. I looked at the Navionics map on my phone, waited half a second for my eyes to adjust and then looked at the depthsounder. After that, I looked ahead to where Laura was on the bow of Starboard Tack, my Pearson 385, searching for the next day mark with her flashlight, then down...

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