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Captain John’s Tips: The “Rule of 36”

July 1st, 2013

No sailing navigation tool tops a great magnetic compass for simplicity and reliability–without the hassle of power or batteries. But you need to be aware of one secret rule that can cause any compass to go haywire! If you are anything like me, it’s easy to forget about the metal and electronics that may surround


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EDUCATION: Open Class(room)

June 20th, 2013

By Joe Cooper, WindCheck The scene: A lovely Sunday afternoon on our favorite body of water…steering our boat upwind. The sails are trimmed just so, the boat is at about 12-15 degrees of heel, feels great and you know it is going “fast” without looking at the TV on the binnacle. Quick question: How many


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COMMUNICATION: We Talk To Ourselves

June 20th, 2013

By Glenn McCarthy Just like the mentally challenged guy standing on the street corner talking to himself, we in the sport of sailing talk to ourselves. Most event hosts don’t bother with press releases, write stories or even get the results on a website, or with great delay getting them up on the website or


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SPONSORSHIP: Admit It, You Are Lost

June 13th, 2013

By David Fuller, Pilote Media American sport has a strange relationship with sponsorship. On the one hand, large stadiums are named after big brands and sports like NASCAR are emblazoned with corporate logos. On the other hand, shirt sponsorships are uncommon and many people in the sailing world think sponsorship is a dirty word. As


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Hull Rx: When & How To Repair Gelcoat Blisters

June 5th, 2013

By Don Casey, BoatU.S. Magazine Most of us react emotionally to the slightest blemish on our hulls, and blisters often announce themselves as lots of blemishes. Those little bumps become a source of worry, even dread. Why my boat? How much time do I have before hull integrity is compromised? If I spring for a


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Five Reasons Your Kids Should Sail

June 5th, 2013

Daniela Clark, who started PhotoBoat.com with now-husband Allen Clark, grew up in Westport, CT and has been involved in sailing schools, water sports programs, and also found time to obtain her Master license from the Coast Guard. Here she provides observations in the WaterViews blog on the benefits of sailing for children: 1. Self-Confidence. There


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Lesson Learned

June 4th, 2013

By Abby Freeman, Sailing World One of the greatest gifts my father ever gave his children was a passion for sailing, and, like many other families within the sport, it permeates our lives more than we realize. My father was never shy about using lessons learned on the racecourse when teaching us lessons in life.


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10 Great Boating Towns: To Retire + Play + Thrive!

June 3rd, 2013

Do you daydream about life after working? Would you like to move to a boating paradise once you’re free of the daily grind? The June/July issue of BoatU.S. Magazine has identified 10 boat-friendly American communities – from sleepy to hopping – to get your imagination fired up. Here is the list… Traverse City, MI –


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Is Kids Sailing Too Elitist? Should They Just Have Fun?

June 2nd, 2013

By Roger McMillan As editor of Australian Sailing + Yachting, which puts a lot of emphasis on improving skills and being competitive, I get many emails from parents of young sailors complaining that Yachting Australia and the state bodies put too much emphasis on the elite side of the sport. “There needs to be more



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