Match Racing Video Series – The Dial Up

Up to this point, we've gotten into the starting box...NOW WHAT? Are you Yellow or Blue because it matters! This video explains the options available to both boats at the initial meeting forced by the match racing starting rules. (You might have to rewind it a few times to get it all!)

Man Overboard – Chicago Mac 2018

This is a harrowing story of a seasoned sailor, a massive change in conditions, and some serious luck. This is the story of Mark Wheeler aboard Meridian X in the Chicago to Mackinac Island Race who suddenly found himself in the water when the boat was hit by a micro-burst in open water. Spoiler alert... Continue Reading →

Inflatable PFDs

In recent years, the comfort and ease of use of Inflatable PFDs has grown a lot. As a dinghy sailor, I almost never used one. But as I've done more cruising, a few deliveries, and gotten into stand-up paddleboarding, even I now have a couple of inflatable PFDs in my repertoire. Generally, the up-sides are... Continue Reading →

Inspecting Your Standing Rigging

I hate to say it, but I've been on more than one boat where standing rigging has failed. In both cases, they failed at a point where routine inspection may have revealed a problem. I say "may" because in some of today's modern fittings you just can't see what is going on. Press-fit fittings hide... Continue Reading →

How to Manage a Junior Racing Fleet

In our post about Kids and Sailing,¬†we talked about the merits of sailing as a sport for kids. Some kids will want the racing path. How do we manage that responsibly as parents though? I know I don't want to just throw my kid out to race during the regular race season with no supervision.... Continue Reading →

Sailing the Southern Ocean

I love racing sailboats, but this video (among a whole slew of others) has pretty much convinced me that I will probably NEVER sail the Southern Ocean. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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