Welcome to IBEX

by Sail Staff, Posted October 11, 2007
The 2007 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference kicked off Wednesday in Miami, featuring over 800 companies showcasing the latest in boatbuilding design and repair. While the three-day event isn’t aimed at the retail sailor, much of the gear and technology on display could be coming to a sailboat, boatbuilder, or boat yard near you soon. And that's why we sent SAIL associate

Ties That Bind

by Sail Staff, Posted October 9, 2007
If your boat is equipped with Karver blocks, you can now add an additional upgrade by investing in Karver’s rope shackles (compatible with KB6, KB8, KB10, KN12, KB8c, KB10C, and KB12C blocks). The rope shackles are lighter per given strength rating than stainless steel shackles, won’t scratch up your deck, and are noiseless. Moreover, the rope shackles are purported to be easier to open than

Olympic and Paralympic Trials, USA

by Sail Staff, Posted October 7, 2007
176 entrants
9 days of racing
Two coasts
12 of 13 Olympic classes


Newport/Middletown, R.I.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
After a 16-race series off Aquidneck Island, in shifty winds that ranged from light and fluky to sustained 18 knots and surfable seas, winners in five classes have been named to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic


Thousand Mile Checkup

by Sail Staff, Posted October 1, 2007

For most of us, racing a 21-foot boat a thousand miles would be the adventure of a lifetime. For entrants in the Transat 6.50, it merely means that leg one is over, and you're now looking at the next 3,240 miles of Atlantic separating the Portuguese island of Madeira from the finish line at Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The second start is Saturday, and American Clay Burkhalter has a good

Gear and Reviews

Flagships New Gear - August 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted September 27, 2007
Edited by David Schmidt

Map Lover’s DelightCharts and maps are one of sailing’s great legacies, as most exploring expeditions brought back charts of previously unknown waters as part of the trip’s bounty. Now, Latitude Kinsale of Ireland makes handmade, custom, three-dimensional to-scale maps, allowing sailors of a different era to share in this same

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