Inshore Racing

Zach Railey, Sunsail team up for 2012

by Sail Staff, Posted May 20, 2009
Zach Railey wasn't expected to win a medal for sailing in the Finn class at the 2008 Olympic games. However, with his skill and training, he managed to grab a silver medal at Qingdao and now plans to try for the 2012 event in Great Britain.

Sunsail Sailing Vacations will team up with the 2008 US Sailing Sportsman of


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Boatworks

GPS system questions

by Peter Nielsen, Posted May 20, 2009
The Government Accountability Office’s report last week on the parlous state of the Global Positioning Satellite system should set alarm bells ringing. When a body like the GAO warns that the GPS system is in crisis, all of us – not just sailors – need to take notice. GPS technology is so omnipresent in modern life that few areas of transportation remain unaffected by it.

The GAO report


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Expert Advice

Wind shifts

by Charles Scott, Posted May 19, 2009
I had signed on as crew aboard a yacht sailing down to the South Pacific from the Galapagos. A young woman also came aboard for the same leg and she and I were assigned watches together. She was a difficult shipmate, with a fickle personality that veered unpredictably from chatty and social to argumentative and sullen as suddenly as a summer squall.

One day, after we’d been underway for a


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Expert Advice

Economic interlude

by Jan Hein, Posted May 19, 2009
It was January in the BVI. From our anchorage in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, we watched a parade of bareboats and crewed yachts come and go, twenty to thirty every day. Business, to our eye, seemed normally robust. Why, I wondered, were people still willing to charter while the sails of the economy were losing their wind?

Curiosity and my rowboat took me to seek answers that I figured


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Sails

Reefing rules

by Win Fowler, Posted May 19, 2009

Henry Buckminster, of Seattle, Washington, asks:

 

"My 35-foot 7⁄8 rig sloop has a 135 percent roller-furling jib, and once the wind starts blowing over about 12–14 knots I want to take a reef. But I’m not sure whether I should reef the mainsail or the headsail first. Are there any reefing rules when going to windward, and does the protocol stay the same when I am running off


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