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Archive for April 2014

The End Is Near!

The brutally active sailboat racing season in the Northeast Caribbean — which we take to be between the British Virgins and Antigua — is not over, but the end is nigh. More »

Atlantic Racing Update

As mentioned above, the 12th biennial Transat AG2R has come to a thrilling conclusion in Gustavia, St. Barthélemy as the top four one-design Beneteau Figaro IIs finished within two hours of one another after more than three weeks at sea. More »

Golden Gate Bullship Race

This reporter enjoyed her maiden Bullship in a boat generously loaned by John Amen, but unfortunately took too long (almost an hour) to clear the Marin shore and so was told to turn back by the race committee. More »

Free Dashew Weather Books

Weather forecasts are one of the most talked-about topics in any cruiser gathering, often because they’re so often wrong or misunderstood, and so much depends on accurate forecasting when you’re in a small boat in a large ocean.  More »
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What’s Slower Than Snail Mail?

While perusing the UK Guardian last month we came across a fascinating item about a German fisherman who pulled a brown beer bottle out of the Baltic Sea near Kiel, only to discover that it had a message in it scrawled on a very old post card. More »

The 27th Antigua Classic Regatta

The 83-ft Fife schooner Adventuress, now 90 years young, shows her stuff in this year’s windy Antigua Classic Regatta. © 2014 Tim Wright If there is a better classic regatta in the world than the four-race Panerai Antigua Classic, sailed off historic English Harbor, we’re not aware of it. More »

Matt Rutherford’s New Challenge

Matt and Nicole broke away from their last-minute preparations this morning to strike a pose aboard their custom Harbor 29 Sakura. She was just launched April 1. © 2014 Mike Sheck / Scanmar Two years ago Annapolis-based sailor Matt Rutherford, then 31, made headlines when he successfully completed the first-ever singlehanded circumnavigation of the Americas. Tomorrow, More »