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Sailing World Fall 2018

Sailing World connects the community of racing sailors through words, images and shared experiences. Across many mediums, it explores the sailor’s passion and showcases the lifestyle, destinations and technology. It links knowledge-hungry participants to the sport’s top experts, providing unrivaled instructional content.

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United States
Bonnier Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
a new identity

That’s what I used to think. Until a summer of two-hull sailing convinced me it’s not ridiculous at all. I’ve been on a casual hunt for a used and cheap (more like, “I’ll take it off your hands for free”) Hobie Wave for years, something I can sail off my local beach, bang around with the kids and get more cat-sailing experience. When RS Sailing introduced its Cat 14 earlier this year, I thought, This is what I need. This is what sailing needs. This new model is a pure recreational rotomolded catamaran, like the ubiquitous resort-found Wave. Unlike the Wave, though, the XL version of the Cat 14 is a step above in the fun department. It has a big square-top full-batten main, a pint-size jib, gennaker and trapeze. So, on…

5 min.
north atlantic rippers

Normally in the Northern Atlantic you’ll get an opportunity to get a good 24-hour run. Plus, the wind shift matched the great circle route almost perfectly, allowing us to sail maximum mileage. The sea state was a big factor though. We would call it almost flat, way flatter than anything we’d experienced in the Southern Ocean legs. It was organized most of the time, allowing for very fast sailing. With the wind, the sea state and the current all aligned with the routing, it presented us with two magical days of yachting. We didn’t intend to split earlier in the leg with Mapfre and Dongfeng like we did. It was forced by having more pressure and shifts to the south, and we kept extending. The farther we went that way and…

8 min.
a pattern revealed

“All good up here?” I ask the bowman who is rotating off the boat we are rotating onto. It’s a courteous way of asking if I’ll run into any surprises or potential breakdowns as I get my playground in order. We’re midway through the Argo Bermuda Gold Cup Match Race Regatta. Our skipper, Taylor Canfield, and the rest of my teammates make quick pleasantries with the passing crew. They’re not as upbeat as we are. Perhaps they are not having as good of a day or just lost a match. With four matches going on at once, it’s hard to know how anybody is doing at any given moment. “All aboard?” asks the “barge master” before sending us on our way, making room for the next set of teams to rotate. As…

1 min.
starting line gear box

A NAKED WRIST is a lousy excuse for a bad start. Now, there are watches good for sailing and watches purpose-built for sailing, but the Garmin quatix 5 ($540 retail) is a watch for sailing and living. ¶ Two button presses get you to its sailing functions, and press three more to ping the line using the internal GPS (it’ll get your distance-to-line close, but don’t depend on it). It’s simple to sync, change minutes and restart a new sequence. After the start, find tacking angles, speed over ground, course over ground and more. Bluetooth to a Garmin instrument package and open a trove of options. ¶ While I’ve yet to tap its arsenal of sailing tools, the quatix 5 has also made me a believer in the fitness-tracker fad.…

11 min.
generationally speaking

Few grandchildren can boast that their grandfather won not one but two Olympic sailing medals. Seventeen-year-old Harry Melges IV is one of those. His grandfather, 88-year-old Harry Melges II, more widely known as Buddy Melges, has a bronze and a gold medal to his credit, along with a slew of wins in other big-league championships. And Harry IV is a chip off the old block, already dominating a number of scow classes and recently winning the Melges 14 National Championship. Young Harry and his crew, Wisconsinite Finn Rowe, have jumped into the 49er class, and while it’s very early on in their campaign, the clear goal is to match his grandfather’s achievement. At the Lake Geneva Yacht Club on a mid-June afternoon, Buddy is dressed in his usual khaki pants and…

5 min.
roped in

Tim Ray only knew of Tom Allen because of his top-notch reputation among the many classes in which the Allen family has served as boatbuilders, champions and mentors to many. So, unannounced, he walked into the Allen Boat Co. in Buffalo, New York, a few years ago and proposed a trade: business consulting for workshop space. Fast-forward to today; Ray is running a rope-manufacturing facility with Allen. What might seem to be quite a leap from that initial barter is not so farfetched. Each of them shares a work ethic and deep passion for the sport. Ray has a degree in environmental science, as well as experience in the field. Besides being able to help companies navigate environmental regulations, he’s the kind of guy who replaces old lights in the shop…