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Sailing World Winter 2019

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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4 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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suds, sunscreen and spatulas

Our Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship comes at a perfect time of the year. We wrap up our Boat of the Year testing, complete our annual tour of duty at the fall boat shows and conclude our racing season. The days get shorter and our seasonal affective disorder rears itself again. We all know the cure for such blues: a good dose of sailing and sunshine, and a steady drip of laughter and rum. One guy who also knows the importance of this regatta is Dr. Jim Sears, a Viper sailor from Long Beach, California, who won his first invitation to the championship years ago. He kept winning, and Sunsail kept inviting him back to defend. It was inevitable someone would yank him from his throne in the British Virgin Islands,…

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flying into the unknown

From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! Launching any new raceboat for the first time is an eerie experience. Creaks and moans, pings and tangs, all the noises of the rig, foils and joints settling into place are reminiscent of the old Scottish poem. But the New York Yacht Club challenge’s American Magic 38, known as the Mule, perhaps fits the rhyme better than most. Its ghostly matte-black hull, ghoulish dark sails and long-legged beastly foils protruding from its topsides and transom do suggest some scary creature. Our pre-dawn boat launch on the eve of Halloween, evading the watchful eyes of Luna Rossa and INEOS Team UK spooks, adds to the supernatural mood as our silent water spider slips into…

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afterlife on afterburners

Sustainability is the buzzword today, so Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison are to be commended. They could have easily discarded millions of dollars in technology and hardware from the past two America’s Cups, along with most of the America’s Cup-class monohulls built over the past 20 years. Instead, with their new SailGP pro-sailing circuit, the duo will continue the work they first started in San Francisco and continued in Bermuda. Cup fans still nostalgic for 12-Meters won’t get excited about SailGP, but the progression of foiling — the most significant development the sport of sailing has ever seen — is exciting. SailGP’s F50 catamarans are a turbo version of the platforms used in Bermuda, and they will no doubt be the fastest one-design class ever created. The AC50’s peak speeds were…

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ol’ girl pride

My dad was a perpetual boat shopper. Never a buyer. The local J boat dealers were always patient though. They’d regularly take my family sailing on their J/24s at reservoirs around New Mexico. I was 8 years old when he first shared his love of sailing with me, but my own infatuation with the sport came from watching the 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle, Australia, on TV late into the night. By the time I was a senior in high school, I was sailing a lot, traveling to the Dillon Open, first with a J/24 team and then with a J/80. We trailered the J/80 to Key West, Florida, in 1999, and that same year, I raced with friends at the San Diego NOOD on their Ultimate 20. Soon after, I…

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state of the slate

Little else stokes the emotions of die-hard sailors than the unpredictable selection process of sailing’s Olympic classes, which is ultimately in the hands of World Sailing, the sport’s governing body. At its recent annual conference in Sarasota, Florida, debates were long and heated about altering the slate of sailing events for the Paris Olympic Games. In the battle of give and take, sailing’s most iconic singlehander for the big boys of the sport was eased out to pasture, alongside the Star class and many others before it, replaced by what is envisioned to be sailing’s marathon medal. Here’s what’s on the slate for 2024. MEN’S SKIFF Sydney 2000 marked the arrival of high-performance skiff sailing in Olympic competition with the 49er. MIXED TWO-PERSON DINGHY No equipment selection trials planned. The International 470 (used since…

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ingrained appreciation

Thousands of Star class boats are spread around the world, each with a unique personality, and certainly a unique story. It’s true that a boat can eventually reflect the persona of its owner, and this is especially true of the Star boat Gem IX, once the pride of Bahamian legend Sir Durward Knowles. Gem IX is an appropriate name for this boat, for many reasons. Built by the late great Skip Etchells at the Old Greenwich Boat Co. in 1963, the hull is as stunning today as it was when Etchells sculpted its Port Orford cedar, a light, strong and fine-grained timber milled in the coastal mountains of Oregon. The boat was commissioned and first owned by Knowles, my mentor and dear friend. Knowles and Cecil Cooke won the Gold Medal…

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