Inshore Racing

IRC Gains Traction in the U.S.

by Sail Staff, Posted January 15, 2008
If you race sailboats in the U.S., you have no doubt witnessed a parade of rating-rule acronyms in the past decade: IMS, Americap, PHRF. Now there’s a new contender in the alphabet-soup rating-rule game. IRC has been used widely in the U.K. and Europe for years, but it was introduced in the U.S. only a couple of years ago. So far the transition has been fairly smooth, with almost 600 IRC
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SAILING WITH STRANGERS

by Sail Staff, Posted January 13, 2008
By Kimball Livingston

I've lost track of how many times I've walked onto the deck of a raceboat full of strangers and walked off with a new set of friends. It tells me something about the game. Or about the people who play the game. Or something.

Of course it's easy to make friends when you share an interest, but there's more here than you get out of birding with


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Searching for a Way to Define 'Stall'

by Sail Staff, Posted January 3, 2008

By Kimball Livingston

 

Stall: In a shed, a division for one animal.

No. Simply, no.

Stall: In sports, to play worse or more slowly than one is capable of.

Yeah, but in this deal, no.

Stall: Any pretext to prevent or delay action.

Okay, that fits.

Stall: In aerodynamics, a


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Best Boats

Best Boats 2008

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2007
There was a lot to see in this year’s Best Boats fleet. Multihull designer and guru Chris White, monohull designer Jeremy Wurmfeld, and I combed the docks at the Newport and Annapolis sailboat shows in search of boats worthy of SAIL’s Editors’ Choice awards for innovation and overall excellence. We walked the docks, familiarized ourselves with the fleet, and spent lots of time debating the merits
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Sails+Rigging

Problem Solver

by Sail Staff, Posted December 18, 2007
An override on a winch can become a big problem if you don’t have the right solution. The Spinlock ZS/OPEN is a mobile jammer that allows you to transfer a loaded line or sheet onto a different winch to fix the override, rearrange a bad lead, or deal with a spinnaker peel. Simply attach the Spinlock unit to the loaded sheet, close the unit’s jaws (jammer), and transfer the load. The semicustom
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