Italia Yachts 14.98

It’s really not fair. That’s what I was thinking perched on the weather rail of the Italia Yachts 14.98 Artemis while beating up Eastern Bay on a sunny, 10- to 12-knot day in sparkling flat water. As perfect sailing days go, it was a top three, easy. I’d been invited along for the annual Annapolis …

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Fastnet Turns 50

The 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet race was one to remember, with extreme conditions wiping out a quarter of the fleet before tapering off for a slog to the finish. The biannual race is a 625-mile marathon from Cowes, UK, around Ireland’s Fastnet Rock, and then down to Cherbourg, France …

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At The Helm: Grandma Ocean

This column is usually about seamanship, a technical look at things to make us better sailors. But how does history play a part in that? I was recently in Fort Lauderdale for a medical renewal of my captain’s license, and I stayed with Pam Wall, a young-at-heart old salt who’s become a close friend …

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Birth of a Sail Loft

I first met Sebastian and Samantha in St. Augustine, Florida, at a meet and greet for cruisers. We had to be the youngest people at the function and certainly the only ones sporting dreadlocks. We were riff-raff sailors on production boats. We were also semi-broke and looking for work. They were …

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