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Sailing World March/April 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
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English
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Bonnier Corporation
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culture shock

• Seated in identical armchairs lined across a low stage, four men face an audience of a few hundred attendees of US Sailing’s Leadership Forum in February 2018. These gentlemen will soon explain how their America’s Cup team, Bella Mente Quantum Racing, will steer the Cup to its former, classier roots, bringing along with it a new culture of American sailing. Stage left is Malcolm Page, of Australia, a two-time Olympic 470 gold medalist now leading a scrappy US Sailing team toward Tokyo 2020. To his right is the senior and semiretired businessman John J. Fauth, who goes by Hap. Fauth has campaigned a line of grand-prix maxis named Bella Mente over the years — with a world championship win to his credit. To his right is Phil Lotz, New York…

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30 years the birthday suit

• Blame it on the margaritas that fueled the first brainstorming session, or the three decades that have blitzed past since a band of sailing-magazine personnel schemed the NOOD regatta in 1988. Memories are fuzzy today, but a few of the individuals involved with the impromptu think tank one night at Yellow Kittens Tavern on Block Island, and then again later on the ferry back to the Rhode Island mainland, do remember the gist of that boozy discussion. There was how to launch a one-of-a-kind regatta for the growing offshore one-design classes of the day, and then what to call it. “Offshore One-Design Regatta” had a good ring to it, but according to a firsthand accounts, it was Carolyn Brodsky, a young advertising type seated at the table, who pitched…

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the irma class

• On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma reached its peak intensity over the Virgin Islands, leaving a swath of destruction across the Caribbean. In St. Thomas, buildings were leveled, the island’s infrastructure was destroyed, and access to ferry and cargo service was impossible. Three months passed before power was restored to parts of the island, but by then, the St. Thomas Sailing Center was back up and sailing. “There were winds over 200 miles per hour in places,” says Dave Franzel, the Sailing Center’s director. “There were people who were in their houses when the roof was blown off. When it was over, people were shell-shocked; they couldn’t believe the destruction.” All the boats that were on stands had blown over, he says, including the fleet of IC24s, which the club uses…

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the right sprite

? For a one-design class, Sea Sprite owners are a pretty diverse group. Class rules prohibit extreme modifications but allow skippers to place anything anywhere on their boat. As a result, it’s common to see these 1960s Carl Alberg-designed hulls fitted with laminate sails, rigged with all sorts of control lines, and sporting premium topside and bottom paints, perhaps in contrast with its 5-knot hull speed. Having admired the Sea Sprite for a few years, I was able to pick up one in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod for a high schooler-friendly budget and sail it 70 miles or so to Bristol, Rhode Island. After the journey, I settled down with my new project for a winter of boatwork. With a limited budget and the usual time constraints of a high…

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racing a legacy

• Katie DeVore calls herself her dad’s “fake son.” As a kid, she delighted in trips to Home Depot with her father, H.L. DeVore, and the projects that followed those trips. “We’ve always had a special connection,” she says. “I would go to the boatyard to work on the boat, and sail with my dad on our Shields or J/44.” Ever since she was a youngster, DeVore admired her father for his participation in distance races, such as the Newport Bermuda, and made it her goal to eventually sail in one herself. In December 2016, the senior DeVore was watching a live broadcast of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race with his family and mused aloud about taking his own team to race on Christopher Sheehan’s Xp 44 Warrior Won. The younger DeVore…

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all-in sailors darby reddaway and wheeler sutton

Sailors on the Georgia Institute of Technology sailing team saw a drone taking pictures at a regatta one weekend and thought it would be a great way to promote their team, learn from the footage, and help teach beginning sailors about racing. Team members Wheeler Sutton and Darby Reddaway took action. “We decided to start a GoFundMe page that day, and we were surprised how much money we raised in just a few weeks,” says Wheeler Sutton, the Georgia Tech team’s treasurer. “We’ve made a couple of videos and posted photos after regattas. It really helps our team get some recognition but, more important, helps us to promote SAISA.” Sutton and his teammates want to show their teams’ enthusiasm for the sport, but also the strength and prowess of the South Atlantic…

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