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Sailing World July/August 2017

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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Quarterly
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4 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
into the wood

I’ll accept any invitation to race, but I do prefer faster, more-modern rides because, you know, I have to do it while I’m young. I’m not ready to ease into my slow-boat golden years, so when I agreed earlier this year to crew at the 6-Metre World Championship in Vancouver this fall, I did so with some apprehension. Greg Stewart needed a bowman, and I can certainly get a good line sight, end-to-end a spinnaker pole, and ring the bell, but I have no clue what doing bow on a 6-Meter entails. Plus, heavy keelboats with long overhangs just aren’t my thing. When I lay eyes upon Stewart’s baby-blue 6-Meter Sprig in its slip at the San Diego YC, however, a little chill goes up my sailing shorts. Its coamings and…

1 min.
the new 40' offshore speedster with less crew

The new J/121 is a 40' offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew…. the best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling as the family weekender. Here’s a boat, class and program that redefines sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends, reducing the focus on specialization and athletic W/L racing. The J/121 fulfills the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat that’s pure magic to sail. Creating the best shorthanded J ever starts with a hull shape that excels on all points of sail, particularly reaching. Most distance race classics have a beat/reach/run ratio around 15%/60%/25%. Straight-line speed is the name of the…

1 min.
helly hansen nood regattas

CALENDAR St. Petersburg, FL February 17 -19 St. Petersburg Yacht Club San Diego, CA March 17 - 19 San Diego Yacht Club Coronado Yacht Club Annapolis, MD May 5 - May 7 Annapolis Yacht Club Chicago, IL June 9-11 Chicago Yacht Club Marblehead, MA July 27 -30 Corinthian Yacht Club Caribbean NOOD Championship October 22 - 27* British Virgin Islands *dates subject to change GET IN THE NOOD & GET IN ON THE FUN Six fantastic events providing a great time both on and off the water. Sailing World partners with top-tier yacht clubs and premiere race committees focusing on high quality racing in outstanding sailing venues. That same focus is also applied to the post-race parties creating the perfect weekend. Enter today at www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas or email at Nood@sailingworld.com…

3 min.
stingers out

A week before the foiling AC50s began racing in Bermuda, much-smaller, far-less-expensive flying machines gathered at the Toms River YC in New Jersey for the inaugural Waszp Atlantic Coast Championship. It was the first official domestic regatta for owners of the 11-foot one-design foiling dinghy. Barnegat Bay in mid-May might seem an odd place for these wet, crash-prone boats, but the area has become a Waszp hotbed, partly because of the promotional efforts of Clay Johnson, who as owner of Colie Sails is the Waszp East Coast distributor. It’s also driven by a local group of 30-somethings who grew up racing Optimists in the river, moved onto E-Scows after collegiate sailing, and are now looking for a fresh challenge. Some bought a Waszp when it first became available in summer 2016. Others…

4 min.
the other woman

•On a warm spring day in 2006, Houston YC’s harbor was alive with sailboats, large and small, coming and going from their slips. Signal flags fluttered from the club’s yardarm, and masthead vanes pointed into the 10-knot afternoon southeasterly sweeping across Galveston Bay. This was not my first visit to Pier 10, home of the club’s Ensign fleet. Many times before I’d walked the dock to admire the Ensigns, wondering which one might be the best fit for me, and on this occasion a blue hull caught my eye. Its skipper deftly headed her into the breeze and coasted into a slip. As I watched, I could imagine myself at its helm. The elegant lines of the Carl Alberg design, its stout fiberglass hull, bright work coaming boards and 8-foot cockpit…

4 min.
arrival of the robo-mark

One day not long ago, Detroit’s Kevin Morin — a J/70 and Lightning sailor by weekends and IT specialist by day — had an idea. “I used to sail Lightnings at the Pontiac YC,” says Morin, “and there were spots in the lake that were over 200 feet deep — you just couldn’t set a mark there.” So, at times, “close enough” became acceptable practice. These experiences, coupled with the challenges of finding enough volunteers to field a full race committee, got the wheels churning, and now, four years later, Morin believes he has a marketable product. Enter the MarkSetBot. Made from readily available parts — such as a trolling motor built for fishing boats — and controlled via GPS or over a cellular network, the user simply touches a point on…