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Sailing World January - February 2016

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United States
Bonnier Corporation
R 87,76
R 219,32
4 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
spatial awareness

I PULL THE THROTTLE BACK to neutral, point the bow into the wind, and glide to a near-stop. The 19-foot Fareast RIB 580 bobs in the steep chop kicked up by a 15-knot southerly blowing against the swift outgoing tide. Three hundred feet behind us, framed by the center span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, is the sunburst-orange G4 catamaran, aglow in the midday sunlight. I’m happy with our position. I’ve done this a thousand times. Set up and wait. The G4 will do a near-pass to leeward as the photographer does his magic. I have my left hand on the cold stainless-steel steering wheel and my right on the throttle, ready to engage if I need to bail. I look over my left shoulder and watch Walter Cooper reach…

3 min.
the dividing line

THE FARR 40 class is determined to support its members who wish to race at the highest level, but who also wish to limit the major costs associated with top-level activity at major regattas. This fact was in evidence at the recent world championship, held at the Long Beach YC: Of the 17 entries, nine were in the Corinthian group. The restrictions imposed on the Corinthians are simple. They are allowed to purchase a maximum of three new sails each year, whereas the class rules permit nine, and all but two of the crew must be certified Group 1 sailors, while the class rules allow up to four Group 3 professionals on board. The Corinthians are also fully restricted in their sail wardrobes, in that the three sails permitted are either…

2 min.
fit to win

LOUIS SINCLAIR, the 24-year-old bowman for Oracle Team USA, is a beast. He can dead-lift 400 pounds, vertical-jump 85 centimeters, has a VO2 max of 70 ml/kg/min., and has just 8 percent body fat . He’s “young, big, strong, fit,” say his teammates. He is the model modern AC sailor. “The ideal America’s Cup athlete would have the aerobic fitness of [cyclist] Chris Froome and the anaerobic fitness of [sprinter] Usain Bolt, in one person,” says Pete Cunningham, trainer for Artemis Racing. “That’s the challenge — finding an athlete who has both the endurance and the strength to be able to turn the handles and handle extreme loads.” In order to meet those standards, the sailors have both strength and cardiovascular training multiple times per week, on top of sailing practice. While…

6 min.
making their own moves

ON JULY 1, 2015, having reached the pinnacle of offshore racing, 24 young sailors are hit with a harsh reality: Suddenly they are out of a job. As graduates of the Volvo Ocean Race’s under-30 requirement, they’re back in the pro-sailing unemployment line, standing alongside teammates and competitors way more qualified. But they’re millennials, and when has age ever stopped them from achieving their dreams? The Under 30s are part of the generation that has consistently said, “If the job isn’t there, I’m going to create it for myself.” And that’s exactly what these young Volvo veterans are doing. 1. ROKAS MILEVICIUS, 28 Rokas Milevicius found it challenging to come off the race and lose that sense of intensity when he moved back home to Lithuania: “The hardest part is going from the…

4 min.
the medal mentor

SENIOR OLYMPIC COACH Luther Carpenter, 53, from La Porte, Texas, has been training U.S. sailors since the Barcelona 1992 Olympics, where he successfully coached Julia Trotman to a bronze in the women’s singlehanded Europe dinghy. Since then, Carpenter has racked up an enviable record of four Olympic medals, including two more bronze medals (Courtenay Becker-Dey in the Europe dinghy at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, and the McKee brothers in the 49er at the Sydney 2000 Olympics) and Anna Tunnicliffe’s proud gold medal — the last Olympic gold won by a U.S. sailor — at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in the Laser Radial. Now he coaches Caleb Paine, 25, a talented but still maturing Finn sailor who is aiming to be medal-competitive at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Can you tell me about…

1 min.
terry’s playbook

LESSONS FROM THE PROTEST ROOM At a recent Farr 40 event, I went into the protest room regarding a decision on the question of whether two boats had reached the three-length zone or if it was a portstarboard situation in the open course. The decision wasn’t in our favor—a painful outcome and yet an opportunity to learn. Lesson 1. Be prepared with math. Any boat with a computer can yield info regarding boat positioning, speed, and wind speed. In my situation I had an eyewitness who was unbiased and reliable; yet my competition won the protest with math. I learned I need math to back up facts provided by a witness. Lesson 2. Don’t rely solely on the umpires. In the Farr 40 class, the umpires will blow a whistle if they witness…