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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.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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4 Issues


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culture shock

Bella Mente Quantum Racing skipper Terry Hutchinson, New York YC Commodore Phil Lotz, team principal Hap Fauth, and US Sailing’s Chief of Olympic Sailing, Malcolm Page, enlighten attendees at US Sailing’s Leadership Forum about the intended legacy of the new America’s Cup syndicate (PHOTO: MATTHEW COHEN)• 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…

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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

St. Thomas Sailing Center’s Dave Franzel gets first dibs on the helm of one of the Center’s refurbished IC24s, repaired in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. (PHOTO: COURTESY FORREST HARDY)• 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…

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the right sprite

(ILLUSTRATION BY CARLO GIAMBARRESI/MORGAN GAYNIN)? 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…

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racing a legacy

Katie DeVore relaxes before the start of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race on board the New York-based Xp 44 Warrior Won. (PHOTO: H.L. DEVORE)• 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…

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all-in sailors darby reddaway and wheeler sutton

(CONNER KILLHAM)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…