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Destinations

  • Ted McCarthy

    The Gulf of Maine's changing environment comes into perspective as a father, son and nephew reach across its wind-swept waters.

    Three generations from a family of sailors cruise along the coast of Nova Scotia and notice all the ways the waters have changed in their lifetime.
  • On the 50th anniversary of the Regata del Sol al Sol from Tampa Bay to Isla Mujeres, a crew joins a seasoned skipper aboard for the maiden voyage of his 57-footer.

    A crew comes together for the 50th anniversary running of the Regata del Sol al Sol from Florida to Mexico.
  • A new cruiser joins a friend for a sabbatical sail in the South Seas.

    A sailor tries out the cruising life while working as crew on a friend's boat in French Polynesia.
  • Chesapeake Bay

    A young sailor reflects on what impact her childhood aboard had on her life.

    A young sailor reflects on what impact her childhood aboard had on her life.
  • This event, held every four years, includes performers from across the Pacific.

    The Marquesan Festival, held every four years, includes performers from across Polynesia.
  • Fatty Goodlander

    Over the years Fatty and Carolyn Goodlander have been cruising, clearing-in fees and procedures have changed.

    Fatty reflects on clearing-in costs and procedures over his years of cruising.

How To

  • Ready for winter

    Thorough winterizing keeps your boat in good condition so it'll be ready to sail in the spring.

    The author preps her boat for winter in Alaska by protecting against wind-induced risks, caring for the engine, keeping the batteries happy and preventing boat funk.
  • Look no further for a simple, tasty and galley-friendly holiday liqueur.

    A recipe for homemade Irish cream…
  • falcon kite

    Frustrated by the mess left behind on his boat's deck by the daily avian assault, this sailor tried out a range of products to keep birds away.

    This do-it-yourselfer tried a range of products to keep birds away from his boat.
  • Things to consider before adding a genset to your cruising boat.

    Size, capacity and installation location are just a few things to consider before adding a generator to a cruising sailboat.
  • HH 66

    No longer just a place for paper charts, the nav station is now a mobile office space.

    As paper charts give way to electronic chart plotters, today's boatbuilders are designing ever more creative nav stations and office spaces.
  • French press

    For most sailors, good coffee is as important as good rum. Here are the ways CW readers brew a superior cup of joe on board.

    From French press to a handheld espresso maker, here are CW readers' favorite ways to brew coffee aboard a sailboat.

Chartering

  • Leopard 50

    Cruising World Judges found the Moorings 5000 version of the Leopard 50 to be the best boat for a sailing vacation.

    The Leopard 50/Moorings 5000 is well-suited for chartering…
  • Nomad

    A roundup of gear and electronics to make your charter vacation even more fun.

    CW rounds up the latest electronics to bring on a sailing vacation including night vision, AIS, and Bluetooth speakers.
  • Sunsail

    Round up your crew and charter a boat to compete in the bareboat class of one of the many Caribbean regattas.

    Join in the fun by chartering a sailboat to compete in the bareboat class in an upcoming Caribbean regatta…

Learn to Sail

  • Go sailing anywhere? With this app - you can!

    The Sailing Challenge app is a fun way to brush up on sailing skills and go for a sail anywhere. It's available on mobile devices as well as desktops.
  • Sailing book

    Whether you're new sailing or just want to fill in some information gaps, these books can help.

    CW picks three great books to round out your sailing knowledge.
  • Cockpit coursework

    This weeklong certification cruise through New England showcases the latest in hands-on sail training.

    A weeklong certification cruise to Shelter Island and Martha's Vineyard, including two overnight passages, showcases the latest in hands-on sailing instruction.
  • BWSS's Gib'Sea 43 in the Virgin Islands

    Learn to sail - this winter - in the USVI

    Learn to sail - this winter - in the USVI with Blue Water Sailing School.
  • Whether it’s a fun regatta or a weekend race to benefit a favorite charity, knowing a few basic rules and tactics will help you enjoy sailing against others.

    Whether it’s a fun regatta or a weekend race to benefit a favorite charity, knowing a few basic rules and tactics will help you enjoy sailing against others.
  • There’s no substitute for going for a sail, but there are plenty of tools to help you know what you’re doing when you hoist the main and grab the tiller.

    There’s no substitute for going for a sail, but there are plenty of tools to help you know what you’re doing when you hoist the main and grab the tiller.

Gear

  • JL Audio MX650

    Looking for some tunes aboard? Check out these new marine systems from Fusion, JL Audio, Rockford Fosgate and more.

    A 2018 roundup of marine entertainment systems and speakers.
  • Go sailing anywhere? With this app - you can!

    The Sailing Challenge app is a fun way to brush up on sailing skills and go for a sail anywhere. It's available on mobile devices as well as desktops.
  • Three new items to help you keep in touch at sea

    An EPIRB, satellite communications device and a VHF for onboard communications and emergency contact.
  • Into The Raging Sea

    Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

    A book review of Into the Raging Sea, an in-depth look at the circumstances that led to the tragic sinking of the containership El Faro in 2015.
  • Have some sailors on your holiday shopping list? Check out our picks for gear and gadgets that would be appreciated by anyone who enjoys spending time on the water.

    Cruising World's gift picks for sailors for the 2018 holiday season.
  • This holiday season, surprise your favorite sailor with a gift they will love while helping to preserve the oceans and waterways for the future.

    Cruising World's list of eco-friendly gifts for sailors for holiday 2018.