Safety & Seamanship

As if meeting an invisible wall, the ice around a Chesapeake Bay marina is held at bay by a series of underwater bubblers.

Trouble-Free Winter Sailing

Our resident polar bear shares his tips for braving the cold.

For most sailors the off-season begins on Labor Day, which is a shame because fall brings the best sailing of the year in many of parts of the country. Of course, extending the season also brings the risk of snow and ice on deck.

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