-- Dave Adams, Newington, Connecticut
Gordon West replies: Having a radar reflector is always a good idea; it can increase your boat’s target visibility by up to 6 miles.
The 100th running of the Race to Mackinacaka the Chicago-Mac, 400+ boats over the start line as of July 19is unprecedented in American sailing.
Call it Lake Michigan because a lake it is, but it's also an inland sea, and this event is run under offshore regulations.
Call it unprecedented because the Race to Mackinac celebrated
-- Janet Margelli, Marina del Rey, California
"I’m building a 42-foot cutter that I hope to launch this year, and my present sailplan is a fractional rig with running backstays. I plan to use a carbon-fiber mast, but I want to do away with the runners. Can a rigger redesign the standing rigging—particularly the chainplate locations—or will I have to redo the whole sailplan? And if that’s what’s required, where should I go to get a new