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Sailing World

Sailing World Winter 2020

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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7 min.
because the martins win the party

My first introduction to the Martin 242 was the Sailing Life ARK Regatta in Vancouver in the earlier 1980s where the now-defunct local magazine held a sail-off regatta among the region’s top one-design keelboats. There were J/24s, M242s, Dragons, Thunderbirds and a few others I can’t recall. Competitors chosen to race the boats were local hotshots—including yours truly, a 22-year-old Laser prodigy about to get into a Star Class campaign in a big way. Let’s just say I wasn’t much of a hotshot keelboat sailor at the time, and eventually a series of photos emerged, with me steering a 242 for the first time. In one picture I’m looking back at the camera with a big grin. The next photo shows the boat carving into a wind-ward death roll because I…

7 min.
the mighty one

The breeze increases to 15 knots on the final upwind leg, and we’re leading the fleet at the 2019 ILYA A Scow Championship on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. After winning the previous race, another windy one, my teammates aboard Jud Dayton’s Instigator are feeling the pain. The mainsheet in my hands bears the load of a 350-square-foot sail attached to a 38-foot carbon mast. When the gusts hit, I watch the spar thrash as we depower as much as possible. The cut on my finger leaves a blood trail from my clothes to the top deck of the boat. I can feel every inch of sail cloth in my lower back as I strain to get the last few inches of trim. My feet are locked into the hiking straps, and my…

7 min.
a lesson plan

It’s a noisy August night in a tent full of jackets and ties at Great Harbor YC. Fourteen champion tacticians flank the podium, waiting to learn which skipper bid for them in the silent auction. As the checks are counted for the benefit of Nantucket Community Sailing, Dawn Riley introduces us with some friendly heckling and one by one we’re paired and dispatched to dinner with the team we’ll spend the next two days with aboard an International One-Design keelboat. I join Team ’71, anchored by Cornell sailing team classmates of that year, Ted Moore and regatta co-chair Chris Gould. They’ve brought along two relative youngsters, Skip Beck and Phil Cox, but looking around the tent, our average age is up there. There’s plenty of race experience around the table—Olympic and…

3 min.
courses for horses

With plenty of options for racecourses on New Zealand’s Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf, Emirates Team New Zealand announced likely locations for its defense of the 36th America’s Cup, which it says will provide “a plethora of options, with a full range of wind directions and conditions.” The intent is to conduct 35-minute races later in the afternoon, when the March sea breeze is strongest, on courses extending from 1.3 to 2.2 nautical miles. “We have posted five example course areas within the designated race area, and race management will have the option daily to choose which area we go to,” says ETNZ’s Ray Davies. “We are very lucky in Auckland because within this race area, we are really well-covered for most conditions.” Course A, he says, is good for all…

7 min.
the anti-displacement antidote

“Windsurfing has been Cancelled.” If you recall those brazen, arrogant bumper stickers from the early 2000s that sparked an outrage at the dawn of kitesurfing, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. That time Matt Nuzzo and Trip Forman took an Outside magazine writer out for a session, threw windsurfing under the bus and brainwashed the nation. Kiting is the future! Their timing of that subsequent article in 2006, using the sticker’s moniker as a title, was perfect. Windsurfing’s participation took a nosedive thanks to the equipment-heavy lust for big-wind shortboarding. Nuzzo and Forman, former windsurfers, were young, hip and with their fledgling REAL Kiteboarding operation in Cape Hatteras, were ready to receive a new generation of thrill seekers. Kiteboarding has been the fastest-growing wind-driven watersport ever since. I was on the beach with…

11 min.
the last american soloist

Today, the only American to have completed three solo-circumnavigation races is rarely seen in anything resembling a sailboat. To find him, you have to look skyward. Maybe he’s the guy buzzing the Low Country in a Beechcraft Premiere—because 51-year-old Brad Van Liew now prefers the open skies to the open ocean. It was back in 2010-11 when he last raced his Eco 60 Le Pingouin, taking victory in the Velux 5 Oceans race. Before that he won Class II of the Around Alone in 2002-03 with the Open 50 Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America. Those two victories came after a debut third place in the Open 50 class in the Around Alone in 1998-99. The Around Alone started out as the BOC Challenge and was the premier solo ocean race until the…