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August 04, 2010

Cruising the Mediterranean with GaySail

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Rovinj, Croatia (Digital Vision)

My flight arrived Saturday afternoon in Dubrovnik, and an hour later I was on board the yacht that would be my home for the next week. The skipper welcomed me on board, offered a drink, and showed me my cabin. The other guests, a British couple and three single guys from the Netherlands and Germany, soon arrived. As I am not a sailor, I felt more at ease when the skipper patiently explained what to expect on-board of a sailing yacht. The sailing itinerary for the next week along the Dalmatian Coast would be a leisurely tour along some of the more remote islands of Croatia.

But first we started with a walk on the rampart of the ancient fortress of Dubrovnik. I was amazed by the wonderful view that I had on these walls: red rooftops, churches, squares, a maze of narrow streets, and, beyond that, the Adriatic Sea twinkling. The next morning we set sail to Miljet, a long green island that doubles as a national park. How pleasant it was with the sun shining, a light breeze, and the gentle rocking of the yacht. All the guys were now laying on deck, relaxing while the yacht was finding its way through the Adriatic. We dropped anchor halfway in a secluded bay for a swim and lunch, which turned out to be quite a gourmet experience, but what else would you expect with eight gay men aboard a yacht. Once on Miljet, we rented bikes and rode through the national park on our way to see the ancient monastery.

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July 23, 2010

An Ode to Boat Shoes

Clipping from the original 1968 ad for the PF Flyers Windjammer boat shoe.

Maybe it’s rote to say preppy culture is coming back into vogue in America. Maybe I’m way behind my Big Apple peers in pointing out the influence of Vampire Weekend and its Cape & Islands blueblood rock. Maybe I just spent too much time in Colorado, where the term “boat shoes” refers to Crocs and/or kayaking booties. But it seems to me that the tried-and-true boat shoe is experiencing a renaissance like never before.

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March 25, 2008

Learning to Sail

By Gary Chandler

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I recently spent a week in Mazatlán, Mexico, with my wife's extended family, for whom no gathering is complete without a marathon session of dominoes. I have zero talent for the game, and my status as Game Night Loser has remained unchanged after three years of courtship and four years of marriage. (Even my wife hates to be paired with me.) So I was cautiously pleased this year when a cousin announced he'd brought a new board game for us to try. "Blokus" turned out to be Tetris-meets-Chinese Checkers, two games I spent countless hours playing as a kid. Suddenly, I was a powerhouse, winning seven straight games, most by a landslide. They copied my moves, ganged up on me, even forced me to change colors, to no avail. I was The Champ.

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