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Friday, October 18, 2019

Sail America’s Industry Breakfast kicked off the second day of the 50th United States Sailboat Show (October 10-14). With clear blue skies on the horizon, the Annapolis Boat Shows announced Robert Lipkin, aka Bob Bitchin, as the winner of the 6th annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award. Trading in his Harley wheels

tags: Awards, Lifestyle, Sailing

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On July 15th, 2019, I sailed across the finish line just off Mackinac Island. 51 hours earlier, I started off the skyline in Chicago, for the 111th running of “The Chicago to Mackinac” sailboat race. With 266 boats entered and approximately 2200 sailors, I was excited to be starting a long-time bucket list item. As I

by: Mike Schnitzka

tags: Lake Michigan, Lifestyle, Racing, Sailing

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sailing teaches you a lot of lessons. From the physics of making the boat go, to the geometry of navigation, it is an activity that offers plenty of educational opportunity. One of the most important of these lessons is the healthy respect for the environment that most sailors take away from their time on the water. The most obvious

by: Ken Quant, Broad Reach Marketing

tags: Environmental Impact, Lifestyle, Sailing

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

As a girl in the early 1970s, I hated wearing gym shoes on the beach of Lake St. Clair’s Gull Island. But with countless rusty beer cans washing ashore, my mother forbid me from playing on the beach barefoot. Thanks to Michigan’s recycling program and improved environmental awareness among boaters, years later, I was able

by: Melissa Walsh

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle

Thursday, August 15, 2019

When I was first getting into the sailing life, I heard about a book called “An Island to One’s Self” written by a man named Tom Neal. He was a New Zealander who had a dream. That dream became an obsession: to find the perfect island and be the only man to live on that island. Over the years, my obsession with

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Sailing

Thursday, July 4, 2019

For a lifestyle that I have pretty much devoted the past 40 years to, I still can’t explain just what a cruiser really is... A friend of mine just flew in to say hi after cruising Mexico for the past six months. He’s been considered a cruiser around here for as long as I can remember, but this had been the first time

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Monday, May 13, 2019

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love… boatin’ Forgive me for altering Alfred Tennyson’s “Locksley Hall” poem from 1842, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s just me… This the time of year that always makes me glad I didn’t sell that old boat of mine

by: Captain Dennis J. Mykols

tags: Antique & Classic Boats, Feel Good Story, Lifestyle

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

So, you’re sitting in a waterfront bistro after a great day’s sail, downing your favorite libation and loving life, when you happen to hear the conversation at the next table. A young couple are discussing the beauty of sailing, and talking about the boats they had looked at that day. Being a helpful kind of person, you

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Cruising Club of America (CCA) recently announced the 2018 recipients of the international organization’s most prestigious awards, including Bruce Halabisky and Tiffany Loney of Orcas Island, Wash., Stan Honey of Palo Alto, Calif., and Ellen and Seth Leonard of Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. Selected for their outstanding

tags: Awards, Beyond the Lakes, Lifestyle, Travel

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

There are a lot of ways that people come into the sailing lifestyle. Some are brought up in the life by parents who love to sail, and some enter it through friends when they are young. There are a myriad of ways to find sailing, and each of us has come to that place in life from a different direction, but we have all made it. When it

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Sailing

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