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Sailing World November - December 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

6 min.
flight status

THE WASZP’S PORT wing bar rests on the RIB’s tube, holding the boat steady like a kickstand while I slide in and kneel in the middle of its narrow hull. I reach back for the tiller with my right hand and lean forward to take the mainsheet in my left. I exhale and then swallow my pride. Lord, don’t make me look like a fool in front of these guys. I turn to the gentleman in charge of the Waszp demo, a mop-headed Australian who makes foil sailing look oh so easy and effortless. “Listen,” I say. “I’ve never —ever — foiled. What do I do?” “No worries,” he responds with a grin. “Just pull on the mainsheet, and once you’re up on the foils, use that to balance the boat.” “Right on,” I…

2 min.
a corinthian slugfest

BLASTING REGGAE and disco music, Balboa YC’s Alex Steele, Carson Reynolds and Ryan Davidson found their stride in the final day of the 2016 Resolute Cup, hosted by the New York YC. On a provided Melges 20, they covered their rivals from Eastern YC in the final run of the last race to finish second in the race and second overall. “It never felt so good to get second,” says Steele. “It was a tough event, and it came down to that final run.” The Resolute Cup’s purpose is twofold: to serve as a stand-alone national championship for U.S. clubs, and as a qualifying event for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailed in alternating years on Swan 42s. The regatta included a preliminary series, with 28 teams split into two…

2 min.
felled into the fleet

MIKE GORMAN walked into a clearing of loblolly pines in Centre ville, Maryland, on a warm October morning in 2014. With his 18-month-old daughter, Hazel, perched on his shoulders, he gazed into the summer’s lingering humidity, admiring three 26-foot trees that would become the newest Log Canoe, the only one built in the past 35 years. For the 33-year-old shipwright, Bufflehead wasn’t entirely a selfserving ploy to build a raceboat and have his employer foot the bill, although Tom Sawyer would have been proud. Part of Gorman’s intent was to add another racing Log Canoe to the Chesapeake Bay’s dwindling fleet, but the ultimate cause was to use the project as a training exercise for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s staff and volunteers, who would later restore Edna E. Lockwood, the…

4 min.
high-level sailing

ARRIVING AT MY first mountain-lake regatta was nothing out of the ordinary: the hustle and bustle of boat launching and rigging, friends reconnecting, and competitors scoping out venue conditions. What was out of the ordinary, however, were the 14,000-foot peaks looming above the lake, creating some of the most challenging sailing conditions these traveling sailors had experienced. They’d made the pilgrimage into the mountains of Colorado for the Lake Dillon Open, an annual mountain-lake sailing institution. The Lake Dillon YC, in Dillon, Colorado, 70 miles west of Denver, is the highest operating yacht club in the United States, at 9,017 feet above sea level. The 50-square-mile reservoir lake was formed in the 1960s as a water source for Denver. “Lake sailing is challenging, and it’s dangerous because things happen so fast,” says…

2 min.
australian medal rush

WHEN A TEAM GETS advice from America’s Cup victor John Bertrand, it’s no surprise that it ends up with a win. For Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, Australia’s SKUD-18 team, becoming the only back-to-back Paralympic sailing gold medalists in history was as simple as following Bertrand’s charge to them: “Keep it loose as a goose.” “We can adapt to everything. We can deal with craziness and deal with instability and come out on top,” says Fitzgibbon. Their flexibility paid off when, over five days of racing, Rio de Janeiro threw everything at the Paralympians, from currents to cold fronts. The Aussies never scored higher than second. Fitzgibbon and Tesch had enough of a margin to win the gold medal with two races to spare, and wrapped up the week with second…

5 min.
round the world in a day

STARTING LINE LOCAL FAVORITES BY PETER CRONIN IN THE DAYS before the Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race, a oneday multileg distance youth race in Club 420s, we studied the weather as if it were our job. Connecticut’s Fishers Island Sound is notoriously calm in August, with the current often moving faster than the wind, but SailFlow was forecasting winds in the lower 20s with gusts to 30 — exactly the conditions my skipper and I prefer. Zach Champney and I had sailed the race’s first edition in 2015, so we had a sense of how it would go, but at the skippers meeting, the organizer, Brandon Flack, gave us a lot more detail, reviewing the specific course options for each leg and reminding us of the navigational hazards we might run…