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Thought you’d left the paperwork behind when going off cruising? How to cut the paper trail

<b>Even when you cast off your lines, bills, tax returns and admin still follow in your wake. Jessica Lloyd-Mostyn explains how to make the essential</b> …

Yachts

15 reasons why sailing around the world may not be for you

Selling up and sailing to the far-flung corners of the globe may sound romantic, but Aimee Nance reveals the practicalities you should consider …

What downwind sails should you have for an Atlantic crossing?

<b>We survey a number of skippers in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisiers about their choice of downwind sails, the problems they had and what they might do</b> …

Sailing

My favorite 20-something apartment is actually a boat

Living aboard a boat isn’t for everyone. The lifestyle tends to scare away even the most adventurous of people and so those of us that actually dare …

Choosing the Right Downwind Sail

Downwind Sails for the Cruising Sailor<p>With a little luck and patient scheduling, the majority of extended cruising miles should feature plenty of off …

The Everyday Uses of Sailor Craft Knots

Even as the summer wanes, the allure of the ocean remains. Nautical themes have long found their way into the world of design, perhaps for this reason, but for those familiar with sailing, there's nothing quite as important as a knot. A good understanding of sailing knots has helped guarantee …

Sailing

Turkey taking care stopping Aegean Sea refugees

Near the tiny village of Behramkale, refugees from Syria leave the Turkish coast and cross the Aegean Sea, heading for the Greek island of Lesbos. Spending just a few hours on the launch beaches is enough to see the departures are constant. So are the patrols.<p>Our correspondent Bora Bayraktar went …

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Sailing off Iceland … is no holiday

“Adventure is just bad planning,” said Roald Amundsen who knew a thing or two about extreme voyages. I appreciate the Norwegian explorer’s point when we practise man-overboard drills on the Hummingbird yacht off the coast of Iceland. There are experienced professional sailors in charge, but it …

Sailing

Getting a Marine Loan to Finance a Yacht Purchase

Borrowers looking to finance a $350,000-plus yacht often compare the application process to that of a jumbo mortgage.<p>Yacht buyers applying for a big loan will need their personal finances in order, to ensure smooth sailing.<p>Lenders tightened their qualification rules for big marine loans during the …

Brokerage

Night Sailing: a Blessing and a Chore

As the sun kisses the horizon and fills the sky with translucent colors, the first star of the evening makes an appearance. It is still light, but …

5 tips: sailing deep under asymmetric sails – how to strike the balance

<b>Asymmetric spinnakers are allowing us to sail deeper downwind than ever. Jonty Sherwill asked sailmaker Peter Kay for his downwind tips</b>Photo: Daniel …

Sailing

'Ghost ship' sunk by Irish Navy after floating 3,000 miles across the Atlantic

The owner of the abandoned yacht had hoped to be reunited with his boat after being told it had been spotted off the UK coast<p>A yacht owner, hoping to be reunited with his abandoned boat after learning it had sailed itself across the Atlantic to the UK, had his hopes dashed when the Irish Navy sunk …

15 Ways to Retire Early

<i>By Lou Carlozo, Contributor</i><p>The word "retirement" and number "65" are as linked in the American psyche as "bacon and eggs." Then again, that all depends on how fast you want your eggs, right?<p>Retiring early -- or leaving the work force for the golf course, if you like -- might sound like an …

Beautiful Bookcases You Can Make Yourself

(Image credit: Nur Noch)<p>Books are a glorious albatross around the neck of any literature lover. All those hard copies are a pain to move and store, …

Storage Ideas

Parise, Wild advance with 4-1 win over Blues

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota was killing an early penalty when Zach Parise snagged a loose puck in the neutral zone, raced away from St. Louis …

Nigeria rocked by twin suicide attacks, Boko Haram blamed

At least 26 people have been killing in suicide attacks in two different parts of Nigeria.<p>The attacks took place at major bus stations in Potiskum and Kano in the north of the country.<p>President Goodluck Jonathan has blamed Tuesday’s blasts on Islamist militant group Boko Haram.<p>In the first attack, …

Florida by Water: Kayak Island Waters

Exploring Florida's islands by kayak expands your opportunities for wildlife viewing, nature photography, and outdoor adventure.<p>Exploring an island by kayak expands your opportunities for wildlife viewing, nature photography, and outdoor adventure. Not limited by roads or hiking trails, you are …

Kayaking

You need to get out more

In 2007 Lisa Allsopp was in a very dark place. Being bullied at work had left her with debilitating depression, and she’d been on sick leave for seven years. But when her GP referred her to an ecotherapy project called Pollen, she discovered the healing power of gardening.<p>“It was about getting out …

Mental Health

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