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Sailing World November/December 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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Bonnier Corporation
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4 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
present to play

• Everywhere I travel for regattas, I see a familiar sight: tumbleweeds rolling through rows and racks of dinghies either abandoned under faded deck covers or left to the elements, or sitting tilted on a flat dolly tire or a dolly with no tires at all. Even at my them — the Weta trimaran, the banged-up Vanguard 15, the International 14 or the lonely 1990s-vintage Nacra — and when there’s no critical mass, there’s no motivation for their respective owners to go out and play with others. Sailing alone gets old quickly. I did it one season with a borrowed RS100 before realizing there are only so many tacks, jibes and downwinders I can do by myself. I wanted to race someone, anyone, but there was no avenue and no fleet.…

2 min.
survival of the fastest

“There would be no clean slate in the championship series, so the strategy shifted overnight to a more aggressive approach knowing that we needed a few keeper scores to achieve a top- 20 overall finish.” • As a tactician alongside Evan Aras and Sam Rogers on board Oivind Lorentzen III’s Nine at the 161-boat Audi J/70 World Championship in Sardinia, Italy, our pre-regatta plan was simple enough: With a four-fleet qualifying series to determine gold and silver fleer fleet. If we could average fewer than 60 points over three races, we’d be through to gold fleet, with our scorecard resetting. But the mistral came whistling in, and for the first two days of scheduled qualifying races, it pumped through Sardinia’s legendary Bomb Alley. The race committee held everyone onshore, where our daily…

7 min.
ullman on pros, again

• In these pages in 1986, Dave Ullman declared we should “get the pros out of racing.” As a professional sailor himself, it was a startling pronouncement, calling out the elephant in the room. Even today, it’s not unusual for that interview to come up in discussions about the role of pro sailors in sailing. More than three decades later, in a sport where the landscape has transformed in many areas, Ullman shares his perspective on the past and present role of professionals in sailing. What prompted your conclusion in 1986 that pros don’t belong in sailing? In Southern California, in the early 1980s, people started bringing pros on board PHRF boats. That was in the early stages of professional sailing, where most of the pros were sailmakers, such as myself, or…

6 min.
great escapes

• Finn sailing has been a part of my life for nearly two decades. It has taken me to places I never I imagined I would visit, much less sail a dinghy. After sailing nearly every Finn event since 2000, in the United States and Canada, I decided after eight years to venture abroad to Europe, and then Barbados, for the Finn World Masters, an event that attracts fleets of 150 to 350 entries. As a young sailor, I’d read and heard reports about sailing venues in Europe, but I never thought I would ever sail in places such as the Isselmeer, the Baltic, the Mediterranean, the Irish Sea, the Bay of Biscay, Lake Garda or the Caribbean. I was a college English teacher with a mortgage, family, responsibilities. I had…

8 min.
back from the brink

• At the Great Chase Race at the Hull YC in Hull, Massachusetts, 121 boats competed for line honors. A pursuit race, the Great Chase is not your typical regatta. The pin at the start is a rubber duck. The official T-shirt looks like it came from a Grateful Dead show. The entry fee is just $90 for boats with crews up to five people, and it includes a party with a band, dinner, dancing and trophies. At the after-race party, while the band rocks, more than 500 people bob to the music and relive the racing. In the midst of the melee, Bill Bradford has a smile on his face and a beer in his hand. He’s having a hard time eating his dinner because well-wishers are stopping by to…

1 min.
sustenance is speed

• I’m not known for taking huge risks on the racecourse. With 30 seconds to go until the start of the third race of the Tasar Worlds, my wife, Libby, and I were set up too close to weather of the midline boat. As I sheeted in, it was obvious we were not going to clear thlt our championship drifting away. The day had started better. We won the first two windy races. The second was hard fought, and I had used up a lot of energy to secure the win. I was exhausted. I thought I was in decent shape, and fortunately Libby is, but with one more windy race scheduled, I had to find a way to rally. As we sailed back to the start, we drank water and…