What a Drag? Readers Respond

by Sail Staff, Posted May 20, 2008
From Zack Smith, Fiorentino consultant and drogue designer:

In the May 2008 edition of "What a Drag," Kimball Livingston makes strong claims concerning the utilization of extensive Coast Guard testing in the Series Drogue Report, however these performance declarations on drogues and parachute anchors warrant further investigation

Donald Jordan, who authored the Series


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Sails

Spar spares

by Win Fowler, Posted May 19, 2008

"Many experts recommend that cruisers carry extra shrouds and stays. To save space, I’m thinking about carrying Spectra line as a backup. Does the idea have any merit?"

 

-- Kim Barr , San Francisco, California

Win Fowler replies: In theory, Spectra or Dyneema line—both are high-modulus polyethylene—will work fine as standing rigging in terms of breaking


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Racing

PRB Seizes Transat Lead

by Sail Staff, Posted May 18, 2008

Artemis Transat competitors sailed out of their position-blackout period on Sunday, and for the Open 60s the retirement of race leader Sbastien Josse and BT changes the picture in a big way. The mainsail headcar is broken on BT, the sea state prevented Josse from going aloft, and the decision to turn around was a necessary bitter pill. Josse said, "Pulling out is a big


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Ocean Racing

Desjoyeaux Out

by Sail Staff, Posted May 16, 2008
He had the resume, the credibility, and the talent. What he hadn’t expected was the whale.

French superstar sailor Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of the IMOCA 60 Foncia, and an early favorite to win the Artemis Transat race—he commanded a spot on the leader board early on—had an unexpected encounter with a whale on May 15 (Day 5 of the race), and was forced to retire.


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Expert Advice

Have a Question About Chartering Hawaii?

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
ASK SAIL'S EXPERTS
By Amy Ullrich

A reader wonders
"I have been trying to find either a crewed or bareboat charter in Hawaii and have been unable to find a charter of the type I've experienced in the Caribbean. Does Hawaii prohibit or limit sailing charters?"

It isn't the political entity of Hawaii that limits sailing charters and discourages


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