Inshore Racing As far as we know, the first course racing for kites, anywhere, is taking place this year on the San Francisco cityfront. For years now kites have been a familiar, colorful feature in the waters off Crissy Field, which is located just inside the Golden Gate and right in the mouth of the wind funnel. The kite sailors do their going-fast bit, and they do their flying through the air bit, and for
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Chasing Atlantic

by Sail Staff, Posted May 17, 2005

In 1905 Charlie Barr and the crew of the 185-foot schooner Atlantic crossed the Atlantic, from New York to the Lizard, England, in 12 days, 4 hours, and 1 minute. Going by today's offshore racing standards, a 12-day transatlantic passage is a cruise, especially when compared to maxicat Playstation's crossing in 2001; Steve Fossett's team sprinted across in 4 days and 17 hours,


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West Coast

Cruising San Francisco Bay

by Sail Staff, Posted May 16, 2005
On day two of my San Francisco Bay cruise I proved an age-old principle: As soon as you go home, you fall back into the same old roles.

I hadn't really been gone, but I had not in years idled away a succession of days on my home waters with no agenda except to go wherever I wanted, and do whatever seemed like a good idea at the time. What seemed like a good idea today was to sail my nephew,


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Boat Reviews

Perry 57

by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2005

A market is often the mother of invention. According to Australian cruising-catamaran designer and builder Bryan Perry, "A number of people saw the Perry 43 and liked it. They said they wanted something bigger along the same lines." So he checked on what was already available and came up with the Perry 57 to scratch the itch of his potential customers. The resulting design is 57 feet long and


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Pond Life

by Sail Staff, Posted April 23, 2005
The world of model sailing is as big as the world of sailing itself. Some people get into models for the aesthetic allure of the classics. Some people are born tinkerers; others get in for the competition or to drill on tactics. Others just want the socializing. Competitive, radio-controlled sailing is the mainstay of model sailing. For a few hundred bucks you can buy an
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