Boatworks

Ground out

by Gordon West, Posted June 26, 2008
"I’ve got my boat well grounded for lightning protection and have a pair of insulators to isolate my backstay. I’m concerned that the grounded rigging will pull down my SSB signal transmissions."

-- Jim Wonn, Cashmere, Washington

Gordon West replies: As long as your backstay is insulated so the SSB antenna can radiate, there is no problem. Although the signal


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Sails

Steady helm

by Win Fowler, Posted June 26, 2008

"My Grampian sloop is fairly heavy, but it performs well in a breeze. However, my arm gets tired holding the tiller to keep the boat sailing in a straight line. Would moving the foot of the mast forward or aft help correct this problem?"

 

-- Harry Newiger, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Win Fowler replies: Several things could be causing this problem—it’s


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Destinations Amy Ullrich

Caribbean regattas aren't the sole province of locals and sailing journalists. Three big ones—the St. Martin Heineken Regatta (early March), BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (early April), and Antigua Sailing Week (late April)—have non-spinnaker charter divisions, and several charter companies allow their boats to enter.


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Boatworks

Smart Plan

by Sail Staff, Posted June 24, 2008
MAKE A PLANNING SPREADSHEET

I use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for my planning documents, and I use four different worksheets. The main sheet covers a full year of sailing (I know, that sounds llke a lot of planning but I have found that it is very helpful to me) while the other sheets detail my plans for a long trip in the spring, plus shorter weekend trips and another long trip


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Ocean Racing

An Ocean Racing World Cup is Planned

by Sail Staff, Posted June 24, 2008
Plans are being laid to launch an Ocean Racing World Cup in 2009. The effort is marketing-driven, on the European model rather than the American yacht club model, and as seen below, the Royal Ocean Racing Club is "lending its expertise." We're not sure whether this belongs under Racing News or Industry News (probably both). Here is what they're telling SAIL:

To date, Ocean Racing has


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