Cup Watch

Legal Headaches

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
Am I the only one who gets a headache when I hear the words “America’s Cup” coupled with the word “court”? I highly doubt it, especially given the massive success that was the 32nd Cup, and the resounding flop that has thus far been the experience of the 33rd Cup’s pre-dance ritual.

Today’s head banger is compliments of the Socit Nautique de Genve (SNG) and Alinghi, who proposed


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Apparel + Accessories

Sun Day Afternoons’s Adventure Hat

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
When I was a junior sailor, I scoffed at sun protection; now that rates of skin cancer have dramatically increased, I pay close attention. Sun Day Afternoons’s Adventure Hat offers great UV protection (the hat’s material carries a 50+ SPF rating) and, thanks to its generous, down-sloped bill, plenty of shade. What caught my eye was the hat’s long back veil, which keeps the sun off your neck. The
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Boatworks

More Bad News for West Marine

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
Troubled marine retailer West Marine reported a 10 percent year-on-year sales decline for the first quarter of 2008. The $113.3 million in sales was down $12.5 million on Q1 2007.

CEO Geoff Eisenberg said sales were down more than expected, and that he was “anxious” about sales going into the spring fitting-out season, traditionally one of the peak selling periods for West Marine.


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Cup Watch

Learning to Fly

by Sail Staff, Posted April 11, 2008
Sailing a multihull is just like sailing a monohull, right? Wrong. If that was the case, there is simply no way that Alinghi would have flipped Foncia, the high-octane ORMA 60 that the team had been using as a training platform for the 33rd America’s Cup, which will be a Deed of Gift Challenge between Golden Gate Yacht Club’s BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) and Societe Nautique
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Cruising

Net Time

by Sail Staff, Posted April 8, 2008
I’ll admit it: I was a catamaran newbie until last week when my wife, my family, and I chartered a Leopard 4300 from The Mooring’s base in beautiful Saint Lucia. Coming from a racing background spent on high-performance monohulls, I was a bit intimidated, especially when it came to maneuvering the boat in tight quarters. Luckily, this part proved to be the easy bit: It was sailing Steppin
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