Cruising

Deep Heat

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2008
Shell and NOAA team up to improve hurricane forecasting
New thermal sensors are the key

By Kate Piserchia

There are deep pockets of warm water in the Gulf of Mexico where a passing hurricane, already a danger, can rapidly morph into a monster.

How and why hurricanes intensify is not entirely clear, but a move by Shell Oil Co. to install new underwater thermal


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Boatworks

Impeller Love

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2008
By Peter Nielsen

A raw-water cooled engine is cooled by water drawn from outside the boat, then circulated through engine block and cylinder head.

A fresh-water cooled engine is cooled with “raw” water pumped through a heat exchanger, where it first draws the heat from the fresh water/antifreeze mix that cools the engine, then is injected into the exhaust hose where it cools


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Inshore Racing

Ready for the Weather Gate?

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2008
By Jeff Zarwell
National Race Officer
RegattaPRO: jzarwell@regattapro.com

Going into my first windward-gate regatta as a race officer, I anticipated increased mark-set responsibilities and a need for experienced hands to pull off the initial set and then to maintain a four-buoy weather-mark configuration.

I was right.

However, the benefits of the windward


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Everything Else

Pocket Sword

by David Schmidt, Posted July 7, 2008
Pocket SwordIf you like folding knives with a million built-in gadgets, stop reading this review. But if you value exceptional workmanship, excellent quality materials, and the sharpest blade that this sailor has ever used — bar none — meet the Basic 3 from the studio of boutique knife maker David Boye. After using countless stainless-steel diving knives that always end
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Inshore Racing

The Heat in the Cold

by Sail Staff, Posted July 2, 2008
It's one thing to talk about who won the 2008 US Youth Sailing Championship, but the most meaningful words I heard out of that regatta came from a coach, Jen Glass. She's a veteran of the whole process, and Jen said, "The best friends I have now came out of sailing these regattas."

Who would have thought?

Emotional moments. Adventure experiences. New, far-away places. Riding the ups


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