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Sailing World May/June 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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Bonnier Corporation
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the zen of rigging

The pensive and meticulous routine of rigging before sailing is the best time to get into the flow. (PHOTO: JOE BERKELEY)Like everyone else in my local Laser Frostbite Fleet 413, for a few hours every Sunday during the miserably frigid Newport, Rhode Island, winter I escape the house and savor a few hours of me time. Ideally, I’ll follow the same routine every time: out of the house by 11 a.m., cruise control with the local blues station playing on the radio, pit stop at the coffee shop. I’m parked at Sail Newport by 11:45. I’ll loiter for a bit, see who’s around, but the cover comes off at noon sharp for the immersive, soulful experience we call rigging the boat.Step 1: Open the stern plug and pray there’s no…

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another all-nighter

At a late-fall fundraiser for Long Island’s Oakcliff Sailing, on the 49th floor of the downtown Nasdaq building in Manhattan, Ethan Johnson, a sailor at Oakcliff, bends the ear of Oakcliff supporter Lec Maj, assessing his interest in sponsoring a team to sail the 2018 Miami to Havana Race. Maj is intrigued, and after reviewing the numbers with Johnson a few months later, he agrees to sponsor a team to do the race and join them on board as a trimmer.There’s one problem, though. All of Oakcliff’s nine offshore race boats are 1,317 miles north of Miami, perched on stands, slumbering with a dusting of fresh snow on their shrink-wrap covers. All of them but one: Weegie, a Columbia Carbon 32. It’s on a trailer, ready to hit the road.…

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the hardest miles

On paper, the second Southern Ocean leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is 7,600 miles, the longest of the race by a lot. These are the difficult miles that push men, women and equipment to their breaking point. This classic and defining segment of the race can be fast and kind, but more often than not, it’s fast and brutal, the sort of leg that finds even the most hardened veterans and masochists clamoring for the exit door at Cape Horn. Such will be remembered of the 2018 edition, the one that claimed one life and stripped years off many others.“The Southern Ocean has been especially tough this year,” wrote Simon Fisher, navigator and helmsman for Vestas 11th Hour Racing, hours before they passed the iconic landmark in the wake…

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two gear upgrades

01 It’s only a matter of time before all of the most stubborn one-design classes cave to allowing electronic compasses, at least those without GPS capabilities. The International Laser Class is the latest to allow such devices, prompting developers at Velocitek to push forward with its slick and stripped-down Velocitek Prism compass. At only 137 grams, it’s the lightest of its kind, and the display numbers are plenty large and visible with polarized sunglasses. A couple of technical notes: The tilt-compensated heading-in-degrees magnetic is updated every 250 milliseconds, it’s water-resistant to complete immersion for 30 minutes at 10 feet (don’t drop it overboard) and the display has a 250-degree viewing cone for visibility from a trapeze or full-hike position. The unit’s battery is replaceable, and the warranty is two years.…

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the art of art

(SHARON GREEN)“I fill the classic role of the navigator. Just like on any boat, the navigator knows exactly where we are, and where we should go. I know exactly the way things should be done so they’re done right. And like every navigator, the skipper listens to me, considers his options and then does his own damn thing!”—ART MITCHELArt Mitchel is old school, in a never-take-the-easy-way-out sort of way. Art, the “corporate navigator” of Harken (yes, it’s on his business card), is the third member of the company’s original afterguard. While Peter Harken covered product development and Olaf Harken covered marketing, Art kept the business on track, making the Harken brothers the success they are today. This required the honest hard work that builds a business. He has never been…

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golden girl

US Sailing Team athlete and 2017 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Erika Reineke has quickly transitioned from the top ranks of college sailing to the elite of the Olympic Radial class. (PHOTO: WILL RICKETSON/US SAILING)Erika Reineke is lovely. Yes, it’s an odd way to describe someone who kills it on the racecourse, as she does in her Laser Radial these days. With unbridled enthusiasm for the sport, her presence among the Olympic sailing squad brings out the best in her teammates and friends. She also comes across as genuinely thrilled about everything in life, as one might expect of a 24-year-old college grad and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Reineke’s due recognition follows her selection as college sailing’s top female, and four years as an All-American at Boston College. With…

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