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After setting out on her longtime fantasy to travel the world on a sailboat with her family, one writer learns just how beautiful—and devastating—it can be to finally get what you want

Photographer Brian Kaiser captures the joy of this niche winter sport

A secret abortion, pirates, and the peace found at the bottom of the ocean

Two college students have a dream to sail the world. All they need is a boat.

An ode to the easy, breezy wardrobe staple

These kayak, sailboat, and yacht itineraries have all the makings of a post-pandemic remedy: wide-open space and time with friends

While a sailing trip is undoubtedly less stressful than the current times, crossing the Atlantic with three other people taught me some important lessons for lockdown

The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing

Blue World Voyages plans to remake the cruise for adventure sports enthusiasts who want more out of their vacation than all-you-can-eat buffets

The new documentary Maiden tells the story of the first all-female sailing team to finish the Whitbread Round the World Race. We talked with the crew's skipper about the historic feat.

Can a relationship survive a grand adventure? That’s a question neither partner thought to ask when She got the bright idea to refit an old sailboat while He was dreaming of life on the range. A he-said-she-said tale of a voyage that somehow managed to avoid the rocks.

If Ryan Levinson fell in the water, there would be no easy way for him to swim to safety. But he decided to live on a sailboat anyway.

Richard Carr, a retired psychologist who had long dreamed of sailing around the world, was in the middle of the Pacific when he started sending frantic messages that said pirates were boarding his boat. Two thousand miles away in Los Angeles, his family woke up to a nightmare: he might be dying alone, and there was almost nothing they could do about it.

What it takes to document one of the world's most treacherous races. Words by Marley Walker.

Lotawana will feature a young unfulfilled male protagonist by the name of Forrest, who lives in his sailboat on a lake in Missouri.

What compels a couple to spend months at sea with their four young children? A burning desire to do something different.

Adventure photographer Jen Edney embedded with the 2017–2018 Volvo Ocean Race, one of sailing's most dangerous competitions.

A glorious and ill-considered expedition to retrace the nearly 300-mile sufferfest endured by colonial badass (and not yet turncoat) Benedict Arnold and his 1,100 brave, starving men. Their aim: to take Quebec City from the British. Ours: to survive.

The first Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing event held in 1968, was a mixture of triumph, tragedy, and madness—all chronicled in a classic bestselling book and recent BBC movie. Fifty years later, 17 sailors are once again setting out for the most ambitious—and loneliest—regatta on the planet.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft, the subject of the new Hollywood lost-at-sea film, describes what her 41-day ordeal was like in real life and how the movie compares

The true story of one Antarctica-bound boat and several unexpected crew members

A late autumn day in northern Finland is exactly what you'd think; short, dark, and frigid. Nonetheless, the dedicated captain and his boat, the Sanibonani, set a course for Lapland to explore Lemmenjoki National Park by bike. 

Photographer Dennis Schmeltz spent this past July cruising along the icy fjords of Greenland aboard a Russian sailboat.

Lessons from one of the best sailors to take the helm in this year's 46,000-mile epic

Husband and wife, Josh and Rachel set sail in November 2016 from Ventura, California. After spending 40 hard days doing boat maintenance, their boat Agape was ready for her maiden voyage.

Summer in Croatia from nineteen-year-old filmmaker Nikita Suchanov documents his visit to Zadar, Croatia. As the longest inhabited city in the country, it's rich in history, culture, and activity.

On the other side of the glossy sport are skilled craftsmen who keep the boats afloat. We visited one crowded workshop in the village of Greenport, New York, to see where the magic happens.

In an attempt to avoid the crowds, they took off on their boat Bulan Baru for far-flung Indonesian islands in hopes of finding a lineup filled only with friends and clean lines

Everything you need to know about the upcoming Chicago race

Circumnavigate St. John by sail, then revisit the gems with a paddleboard and a towel

The five things you should know about the tech competing in this great, intense sailing race

Is it legal to auction off an unclaimed 17th-century cannon on the Internet? Or does that make you a pirate?

The rules: Pilot a boat 750 miles from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska—no motors allowed. The prize: $10,000 nailed to a piece of wood. The result: Seven capsizings, four lifesaving Big Macs, one dramatic coast guard rescue, and a cast of oddball adventurers who reclaimed the salty heart of ocean racing.

Everything you need to know about training under tricky circumstances and winning big European mountain races

As each week brings fresh reports of African and Middle Eastern migrants and refugees dying on the Mediterranean in overcrowded boats, a self-made Louisiana millionaire and his Italian wife have taken to the sea to save them.

But sometimes the best way to restore diplomatic relations is a little friendly competition—and plenty of rum

Nine months on the open water racing a 66-foot sailboat around the world is an endurance feat like no other. Here’s how the winning team prepared for the task.

A group of eccentric engineers flocked to a dried-up lakebed in California to race for the championship title of a 117-year-old sport you’ve never heard of

A new catamaran racing circuit for young competitors proves that speed sailing—with all its excitement and danger—is here to stay.

In October, 12 women will compete in one of the world's oldest male-dominated sports. The race? A 38,000-mile monster through pirate-infested waters and rough seas.

Perth was thrust into the public consciousness recently for being the home base of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean. But this city of 1.7 million people with a Mediterranean climate on the remote southwestern corner of Australia has hardly been a secret…

Yes, sun hats are one of the most effective ways to prevent skin cancer. But did you know they can also keep the heat from zapping your energy? During my decade as a raft guide, I found I was much more energetic at the end of the day when I…

Having a child makes you reexamine the adventure lifestyle, especially when you're trapped in a storm at sea with a one-year-old.

Larry Ellison’s bid to convert America’s Cup sailing into a high-risk action sport was labeled a disaster before the first race. But it still might work.

When the Great Recession hit, young people found a million different ways to cope with their battered job prospects. Alex and Nick Kleeman found the best way, scraping together enough cash to buy a 32-foot sailboat, then plunging into the Pacific for the adventure of their lives. So what if they didn’t know how to sail?

Since the birth of their first child, photographer Somira Sao and her husband have traversed the world’s oceans on a 40-foot racing sailboat, visiting six continents with their growing brood. Bet your preschool wasn’t like this.

Life Lessons from the toughest, hardest, foulest-mouthed children’s author on earth. *Parental guidance suggested.

W. Hodding Carter, Jack Hitt, and Anthony Doerr look back on their attempts to raise kids who love the outdoors.

It's a tough day for sailing and the America's Cup, but the news is hardly shocking.

To raise adventurous children, as Laura's father learned when she and Guppy set sail, means that someday, you have to let them go

The weather's been bad, and all I've been doing is sitting at home and practicing my knots. Is there an app for that?

The Revenue Cutter Thomas Corwin, in which John Muir sailed as part of an Arctic research trip. Photo: Frank H. Nowell In July 1879, 33 Navy men set sail for the North Pole aboard the U.S.S. Jeannette Arctic expedition. That…

Tsunami debris. Photo: Stiv Wilson By Stiv Wilson, 5 Gyres Institute Out across a plastic stratified strand, two surfers, silhouetted in the failing light, are finishing a session. A year and half ago, this wasn’t a surf spot. A tsunami destroyed everything…

Sea turtle hatchling, Baguan Island, Philippines. Photo: Keith Ellenbogen Examples of poor ocean health are too easy—unfortunately—to find in many parts of the world, especially along densely populated coastlines or in the midst of ocean gyres filled with plastic pollution. But what is…

Field testing gear in real-world conditions is the only way to know which pieces are exceptional and which are run of the mill. So, immediately after the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt lake City wrapped, I hopped on a plane bound for Anchorage, Alaska, with Helly Hansen,…

Want to look at maps on your tablet instead of your phone so that they're bigger and easier to comprehend? Trimble Outdoors just released its MyTopo Maps app for the Kindle Fire and other Android-powered tablets. Now you can plot your next outdoor adventure on the big…

The best way to beat record high temperatures: spend as much time in the water as possible. Here are a few items to be showcased at the Outdoor Retailer show meant to help enhance your ocean experience. BELLYAK FREQUENCY A speedy rotomolded plastic bodyboat designed for joyriding rivers, oceans…

Stiv Wilson finds a lost skiff 1,500 miles off the coast of Japan

Summer is the season to embrace the sunlight, celebrate, and make a few hundred new friends

James Caird in surf. Photo: Frank Hurley In 1916, after losing his boat The Endurance on an expedition to Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton and five crew members hopped in a row…

Rescue of one of three living crew members, Screenshot Courtesy of Coast Guard Video At approximately 3 P.M. on Saturday April 14, the Coast Guard Center in Alameda, California received an EPIRB signal from near the Farrallon Islands. A 38-foot cutter named Low Speed Chase, which…

Meet the men and women on the knife's edge of exploration

Matt Rutherford has fought off drunken fishermen, lost his favorite books, and sailed 24,000 miles alone in his attempt to become the first man to circumnavigate the Americas solo. After nine months at sea, he’s still not sure who will be around to greet him when he docks.

Researchers wield the collection trawl  Photo: Stiv Wilson Despite what you might have heard, there are no huge, visually striking debris fields of plastic shopping bags and PET bottles swirling around the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But if that's the good news, the bad news is much worse:…

Can a new fleet of scary-fast catamarans make the America's Cup wild enough to lure a different breed of fan? So far there have been epic wipeouts and multiple injuries. Which means everything is right on track.

Guinness World Records didn’t recognize Laura Dekker’s accomplishment as the youngest teen to sail solo around the world. Who cares? Her journey was more inspiring than any other nautical teen quest.

Afraid to open a bottle with your teeth or the flesh of your forearm? You can still impress your friends by using the outdoor gear/bottle openers below. We definitely don't recommend using the sandles on a first date if you've worn them around town. Opena iPhone 4 Case: This…

No GPS or weather reports—just a sailboat, the wild open ocean, and the constellations. Think you could find your way across the South ­Pacific? James Campbell rides along with a master navigator in the ­Caroline Islands, where they’ve been sailing this way for thousands of years.

Of all the great travel narratives the most epic are set at sea—tossed in the waves, lost in fog, pounded by storms. They traverse a world populated by leviathans and ghost ships and bizarre natural forces, the landscape itself so moving and alive it becomes a character in the book.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/VI5F9K7Ytl8 Comedian Stephen Colbert announced today at the New York Auto Show that he will once again be competing in the biennial Charleston Bermuda Race, this time with the newly formed Team Audi, according to…

For God's sake, pump out your head! And that's just the first thing I learned on my wild ride into the Bermuda Triangle.

Sarah Outen, Photo by Nigel Millard Two years ago today, 25-year-old English adventurer Sarah Outen set out to row the Indian Ocean solo, becoming the first and only woman to do so when she finished in August 2009. Today, she's…

Sarah Outen, Photo by Nigel Millard Two years ago today, 25-year-old English adventurer Sarah Outen set out to row the Indian Ocean solo, becoming the first and only woman to do so when she finished in August 2009. Today, she's…

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