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.

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

Strictly Sail Pacific continues through the weekend

Strictly Sail Pacific, the West Coast’s largest all-sailboat show, opened Thursday and continues through Sunday at Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif. The show’s offerings range from free dockside seminars and sailboat rides to special presentations from America’s Cup Red Bull Youth Sailing Force team members, “This year’s show is packed with hands-on activities and…more

Strictly Sail Pacific plans events for April show

Strictly Sail Pacific, the West Coast’s largest sail-only boat show, is gearing up its special events for the Oakland, Calif., show, which takes place April 11-14. Here are some of the highlights planned for this year’s show: VIP day: Guests that purchase a VIP ticket for April 12 will receive a well-stocked West Marine VIP…more

Sisters under Sail seek scholarship applicants

An all-women tall ship initiative is seeking American and Canadian daughters of the military to apply for a cross-border sailing scholarship. In commemoration of a watershed in North American history, Sisters Under Sail, a non-profit organization that runs leadership programs for teen girls aboard a tall ship, is seeking applications from teenage daughters of U.S.…more

Sailing summit will meet in San Francisco

The International Sailing Summit will take place Aug. 18-20 in San Francisco. Since its inception at the 1999 World Championships in Geelong, Australia, the International Sailing Summit has become the networking event for the sailing industry, cementing itself internationally with a total of nine summits taking place around the world, attracting many of sailing’s industry…more

Scuttlebutt debuts new website

The popular Scuttlebutt sailing newsletter recently launched a new website. The Scuttlebutt newsletter was launched in 1997 and the website followed in 2003, organizers said. “A lot has happened since then and it is time for these two platforms to get a well-needed makeover,” according to Scuttlebutt. The new site hit the Web today. Click…more

Summer Sailstice to return for its 13th year

From tall ships to small ships, sailors around the world are invited to celebrate the 13th annual Summer Sailstice during the weekend of June 22. Traditionally held during the weekend closest to the summer solstice, the global celebration of sailing invites people to sail “together,” regardless of where they are or what they sail. Sailors…more

Puma will withdraw as Oracle sponsor

Sportswear firm Puma is pulling out of the sailing market to concentrate on other sports, such as soccer and running, leaving America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA looking for a new sponsor following the 2013 race. The German company reported a 70 percent drop in annual profit Thursday and is going through its largest reorganization…more

McLube wins Sail magazine innovation honor

McLube said its new Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish was selected by Sail magazine as a category winner in the 2012 Freeman K. Pittman Innovative Awards. Sail’s awards are longstanding industry awards that recognize and celebrate the best and brightest new ideas in marine-equipment design and build. The concept for the product came from carefully listening…more

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