Boat Review: X-Yachts’ Xp-55

There are two clear schools of thought when it comes to getting from here to there. For some, it’s all about the journey, preferably made on a seakindly vessel that can stoutly shoulder its way through anything Mother Nature might toss in the way. The happy and rested crew measures progress not by miles per day, but by number of books read, videos watched and sunsets savored. And then there are the crews that want to get there. Fast....

The Story Behind the May 2019 CW Cover

Sometimes the best video sessions turn into opportune cover shoots. In my 20s, I had taken off to explore the world and soon found myself crewing on a couple of private yachts that were circumnavigating. I sailed for six years throughout the North and South Pacific, South China Sea and Indian Ocean. Those were some of the most wonderful years of my life, and it was then that my love for nautical photography took hold. My photographs and accompanying...

Boat Review: Hanse 418

Amid the design stampede to bring every conceivable comfort of home aboard, I found the new Hanse 418 to be refreshingly straightforward in both looks and performance. Below, accommodations are comfortable. On deck, things are orderly. And under sail? Well, I’ll let Boat of the Year judge Alvah Simon address that one. “The helm was — I have one word here — sweet,” he told his colleagues during their ­post-sea-trial deliberations. The Judel/Vrolijk-designed 418 is built at the Hanse...

Attention West Coast Sailors!

A host of exhibitors will pack the Craneway Pavilion and nearby docks, giving visitors a chance to check out several new sailboat models making their West Coast debut, along with new products that include the SiOnyx Night Vision Camera, the EFOY Comfort Mobile Fuel Cell, Cox Powertrain’s 300-hp diesel outboard engine, inflatable Yacht Docks, and SunPower’s new flexible solar panels.

2019 Transpac Opportunity!

We have just had a couple of cancellations in the 2019 Transpac aboard our J/World boats.  All three of our entries have been sold out for well over a year, so this is a rare opportunity to join the 50th running of this iconic race.  Our teams a re comprised of six sailors each supported by three coaches per boat.  Everyone is a fully engaged, active member of the team.  Every one of our boats is a blast to...

J/105 Racing Week!

Ok, here we go again.  Last week it was cruising in Mexico.  This week, we are posting another photo-essay on ‘what it’s like’ with J/World on a racing clinic we did in San Diego last week.  Sail trim, spinnakers, strategy, tactics, rules…  what didn’t we cover?  We had a fantastic time on the water and would like to thank all the attendees for making it a a truly wonderful week!

Cruising Mexico – A Photo Report

Ok, this falls into our “What it’s like…” series of posts where we try to share the experience of a sailing adventure through photos and text.  This entry in the series is going to be short on text, because, well, the photos that Paul filed from the cruising course last week pretty much say it all.  This 5 day Liveaboatd Cruising Course happened at our Puerto Vallarta location aboard our Lagoon 42 Catamaran.   Two more opportunities coming u...

Happy Holidays and Thank You from J/World!

Wow, what a year it was!  Thanks so much to all our supporters for a fantastic 2018.  We raced to Puerto Vallarta, Bermuda, Hawaii, and along the California Coast.  We cruised to Baja, Cabo, Hawaii, the Channel Islands, and Newport RI.  We rounded innumerable buoys, dropped thousands of feet of anchor rode (and had to pull it all back up!), all while introducing hundreds of sailors to the sport we love! Thank you all, and we hope to see...