Peter Nielsen

Group Think: a Rough Rally Passage and the Questions it Inspired

12 Feb

It’s old news by now that back in early November, a half-dozen boats entered in the Salty Dawg Rally from Hampton, Virginia to the British Virgin Islands got into all sorts of trouble in the Gulf Stream. A couple were abandoned, and others were dismasted or had steering problems. I remember that night vividly (though certainly not as vividly as those who suffered through it), because while the proverbial stuff was hitting the fan a few hundred miles south, I was sitting in a multiplex watching a lethargic Robert Redford trying to save his damaged boat in the movie All ...

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Showtime in Germany

31 Jan

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If it’s January in Germany, all roads lead to Dusseldorf. At least they do if you’re a boat person or any other kind of watersports person. Sailors, powerboaters, kayakers, scuba divers, fishermen and anglers flock here by the hundreds of thousands to take in the delights of the world’s biggest boat and accessories show.

You could look over a hundred-foot motoryacht that’s been plucked from the adjacent Rhine river and deposited in a hall that would swallow a dozen such, go paddle a canoe on an intricately landscaped mock river, cast a fly on an alpine stream, be rescued from ...

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No Place Like Home

17 Jan

There’s nothing like a story on the best places to sail to start a bit of a debate. Last time we ran one, some SAIL writers weren’t too happy that their own home waters were not included. Doubtless a lot of readers will feel the same way. You’d think that predictable breezes, ample sunshine, plentiful and attractive anchorages, and interesting topography would comprise irrefutable proof of one region’s superiority over another, but sailors mostly being independently minded, stubborn people, that would be too easy. Of all the elements that shape a total sailing experience, these are only the tangible ones....

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