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Sailing World March - April 2016

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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4 Issues

in this issue

8 min.
hard-line honors

WHILE IT’S THE line-honors winner that always steals the spotlight, including our own, it must be stated that Paul Clitheroe’s TP52, Balance, of Australia, was declared the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race’s overall winner on corrected time. By all accounts, Balance sailed a superb race, but not surprisingly, its victory was overshadowed by the accomplishments of the biggest, coolest boat in the marina, the one owned by the supermodel wife and billionaire. We are, of course, talking about Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s Comanche, which captivated the media’s attention despite almost dropping out of the race. Their story is a good one, though, because the stakes of such a program are proportional to its daily operating costs. After finishing in Hobart, Comanche’s skipper, Ken Read, told the media that the boat…

5 min.
peyron’s spiritual fix

THE WAY IT IS LONG BEFORE multimillion- dollar Ultime- and IMOCA-class boats began to dominate shorthanded offshore racing, the first transatlantic races were as much about adventure as they were competitive sailing. More than half a century ago, amateur sailors headed off into the wilds of the Atlantic with sextants, plywood and saws for repairs, and, in many instances, the odd case of wine. They sailed to compete, but a higher premium was placed on surviving the race, as opposed to crossings today, with the safety technology now available. For the French especially, the original spirit of the Transat was incarnated when Eric Tabarly sailed to Newport, Rhode Island, to win the fabled race in 1964, on Pen Duick II, introducing the French public to offshore racing. Loick Peyron, who has twice won…

4 min.
risky business

ON A NACRA 17, the otherwise simple act of tacking puts immense strain on today’s Olympic hopeful. First, the crew comes off the wire and bends at the knees and hips into a squat, simultaneously stepping quickly, balancing on the mesh while stretching to grab the nowwindward hull, pulling his or her body the rest of the way up, and rotating back into position. “They have to balance, they have to move in a way they’ve never had to move before,” says professional trainer Chris Herrera. “It’s a recipe for disaster in the lower body.” Nacra, 49er and 49erFX sailors are the most injury-prone of the Olympic classes, with back and shoulder injuries most common in the 49er, and traumatic injuries from capsizing and impact with rigging most common in the…

5 min.
the man with a plan

PROFESSIONAL MATCH racing was floundering. The sailors were bored, the boats were old, and most teams were barely able to connect one championship to the next. Young teams starving at the bottom of the world rankings had scant access to the World Match Racing Tour’s main stage. Furthermore, the discipline was disconnected from the America’s Cup, sailing’s ultimate one-on-one. To make it relevant again, match racing needed a savior. Along came 48-year-old entrepreneur Hakan Svensson, the tour’s new owner. He didn’t buy it to rescue it, however. He bought it as a means to enable younger pro sailors, to provide them, as he puts it, with a “pathway to the top.” At the entrance to this winding path sits the M32 catamaran, built by Aston Harald, which is also owned by Svensson. The…

4 min.
rogue trippin’ and road trippin’

IT WAS THE SUCCESS OF last year’s inaugural SoCal 300 — which starts with a 35-mile reach from Santa Barbara across “Windy Lane,” before turning the corner at Santa Rosa Island and rocketing down to San Diego — that spurred the new circuit. California Off shore Race Week, which kicks off in late May, links two tried-and-true regattas with the SoCal 300 in an all-too-logical romp down California’s scenic and wild waters. The event saw modest participation but spectacular conditions, with the race’s patron saint, Manouch Moshayedi, aboard Rio 100, establishing the course record of 16 hours, 27 minutes. But it was off shore aficionado Bill Guilfoyle who connected the dots. Guilfoyle had also competed in the SoCal 300, aboard his Santa Cruz 52 Prevail. After the race, he had Prevail delivered…

4 min.
rat pack

THE COMMODORE IS the Chief Rat. The head of the race committee is the Race Rat. The person in charge of social activities is the Party Rat. And the individual tasked with keeping the property in shape? That would be the House Rat. These are Toronto, Canada’s Water Rats, a ragtag collection of dinghy sailors with a stake on a man-made peninsula. Long before those prestigious titles were bestowed and rats bred aplenty, there was a Founding Rat, affectionately referred to as the “Head Cheese.” Paul Henderson is known as the “Pope of Sailing,” and he has represented Canada at the Olympic Games in the FD, the Finn and as a coach. He was once the president of World Sailing (formerly ISAF). But the accomplishment he is proudest of is starting…