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Sailing World May - June 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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United States
Bonnier Corporation
R 87,76
R 219,32
4 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
upon reflection

IAN BRUCE’S DEATH in late March, at age 83, caused me to reflect on the influence he and many other industry icons have had in shaping our sport. It’s only when we lose someone that we deeply consider his or her lasting contributions. In Bruce’s case, it was the Laser — nurtured from its meager beginnings to the 130,000 of them out there in 2016. Without Bruce, we would have no Laser. The same is true of the other Bruce — Kirby, that is. It’s hard to imagine what would stand today in the famous singlehander’s place if not for his and Ian Bruce’s influence. Yet rather than lay platitudes upon Bruce’s obituary, I thought it best to turn over this space to Kirby himself, to have him reflect on…

3 min.
no big easy

THE WAY IT IS I STEP OUT of the rental car and stare at the stately three-story Southern YC. As a New Englander, I’m used to old, humble yacht clubs. I’ve never seen anything like Southern. I’m anxious about the high school regatta that has brought me to New Orleans for the first time, but once I walk into the place, I’m instantly at ease. I can tell it’s all about sailing. This is going to be fun. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina wrecked New Orleans, Southern’s clubhouse burned to the ground, but even without a clubhouse, the members held regattas, including the Great Oaks Invitational, which started 17 years ago. The purpose of the regatta is to give developing high school teams the experience of a national championship. For the majority of…

3 min.
sidelined, but not out

FRANCK CAMMAS HAS prevailed against adversity before, but his attempt to return to sailing’s pinnacle event, after almost losing his foot in a gruesome accident last year, may be the worst he’s faced yet. Unable to properly coach his team for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series or continue his campaign for the Rio Olympics in the Nacra 17, Cammas has another worry: how to make up for a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall for Groupama Team France’s America’s Cup campaign. Despite all this, Cammas retains a stoic face and positive public demeanor. “It is just life. Sometimes you don’t have a choice,” says Cammas. “You just have to find a way to bounce back.” The Volvo Ocean Race-winning skipper had managed to avoid major injury throughout his career. His luck ran out one…

3 min.
growing the grove

OLYMPIC AND Paralympic hopefuls love training in Miami over the winter. In January, the city of Miami reciprocated that love by opening Regatta Park in time to host the Sailing World Cup Miami. For the first time in more than two decades, all fleets launched from boat parks along the Coconut Grove shoreline. Many sailors had given up on the multimillion-dollar Regatta Park project, which was proposed in 2008 as part of a comprehensive shoreline improvement. But by scaling down the original plan, the city was able to open the area to the public in the fall of 2015. The World Cup was the first regatta on its schedule. Seven acres of grass and pathways replaced the decrepit Coconut Grove Exposition Center, providing a venue to house 49er, FX and Nacra 17…

3 min.
basic training

AS A ROUND-THE-WORLD skipper, I spend 90 percent of my time managing the crew and their expectations. When I applied for the job of skipper for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, I was coming to the end of a 24-year career in the British Army. Those who volunteer for military service do so for a reason. This is also true of the paying crew of the Clipper Race. As a leader and motivator, if my crew wants to be there and do well, I’ve won the battle. In the Clipper Race, skippers have a privileged position; we are highly trained and have seen most situations in which we’ll be sailing. Our charges hang on our every word and do exactly what we say. It is challenging to teach a…

3 min.
more useful than duct tape

WHEN ANDERSON REGGIO, a principal race officer, is running a regatta for 400 Optimist sailors, he says his biggest concern is “getting 400 kids off the dock, and then getting 400 smiling kids back at the end of the day.” His focus on safety keeps him up at night. Reggio notes that the logistics at huge youth events are staggering, and most of the time there are large groups of Opti-Moms with clipboards, making checklists as sailors leave shore and return at the end of the day. The problem is the lists have to be cross-checked manually, and there is no emergency information linked to each clipboard. Now there’s a better way. What Steve Jobs did for personal computing, past Olympian Graham Biehl and co-founder Chris Jones are doing for regatta management.…