Strictly Sail

Strictly Sail shows in Chicago, Miami and Oakland, Calif., are produced by Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry. It is dedicated to promoting the health and growth of sailing.

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International SeaKeepers Society event set for San Francisco

The International SeaKeepers Society will honor the Sargasso Sea Alliance at its 2013 Bal de La Mer ceremony in September. The event, which had been held at the Monaco Yacht Show in previous years, will be held Sept. 9 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco in conjunction with the America’s Cup regatta.…more

Summertime brings record-setting sail voyages

The tight-knit community of bluewater adventure sailors is buzzing with activity this summer. A new record for a monohull crossing the North Atlantic was set in June and an attempt at the Transpacific Yacht Race record is scheduled to begin Saturday. On June 6, French sailor Marc Guillemot smashed the solo North Atlantic record for…more

Disabled-sailing program expands it outreach

After nine successful years with its Sail for a Fiver program, which introduced more than 10,000 British children to sailing, the program was extended to offer water sports opportunities to adults with disabilities. Funded by the Chesil Trust sailing and seamanship training program in partnership with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the new…more

Summer Sailstice starts today

Summer Sailstice, the worldwide sailing event that seeks to get as many people sailing as possible on the weekend closest to the Summer Solstice, begins today. The annual Summer Sailstice is free to participants and has grown to nearly 5,000 boats today from 200 when John Arndt, publisher of Latitude 38, launched the initiative in…more

Sail Nauticus plans June launch in Virginia

The countdown is under way for the launch of Sail Nauticus, a Norfolk, Va.-based community sailing initiative of the Nauticus Foundation. Grand-opening celebrations are scheduled for June 12, including a launch party for supporters and sponsors, as well as Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and philanthropist Jane Batten. With offices in the former rear annex of…more

Summer Sailstice debuts new website

The Summer Sailstice launched a new website where participants can post sailing plans or events. “Organize an event” and “find an event” buttons give visitors the tools and ability to easily enter club, class or sailing plans for the 2013 Sailstice, which takes place during the weekend of June 22. Events that include the DelMarva…more

B&G offers online sailing courses

B&G, a maker of marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software, launched a free online sailing academy. Designed to help sailors at any level brush up on sailing theory and improve technique, the B&G Academy consists of e-learning tutorials designed by sailing instructors. The tutorials use animated video to cover subjects that include wing triangle,…more

Strictly Sail show organizers report attendance gain

Thousands attended this year’s Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show, held April 11-14 in Oakland, Calif., and 5,500 people participated in 110 free and paid seminars and hands-on workshops. “The combination of increased attendance and exhibitor sales exceeded our expectations for this event and the seminars had their best year ever,” Sail America association manager Peter…more

A crow’s nest — literally — on sailboat’s mast

A family of crows has taken the nautical term crow’s nest literally and built a home on top of a sailboat’s mast at a marina in Aberystwyth, a port town on the northwest coast of Wales. Yacht owner Mick Fothergill said he felt privileged that the crows chose his vessel from dozens of others moored…more

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Cape Cod Shipbuilding marks 50th anniversary of Shields sailboat

The Shields One Design sailboat, built by Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co., is turning 50. The first 20 Shields sailboats, 30-foot fiberglass sloops with an active One Design Association, were built in 1963. The Shields was conceived by Cornelius Shields, who turned to Sparkman & Stephens to create a strict one-design sailboat for maritime cadets to…more

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