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I Am Legend

by Charles Mason, Posted April 20, 2008
With AutoCAD and computational fluid dynamics now casting long shadows across the field of sailboat design, it’s important to go back and learn how the game started, who the leading practitioners were, and what craft came from their drawing boards. There couldn’t be a better tour guide than L. Francis

Herreshoff for this particular magical journey into the past. He was a son of Captain Nat,


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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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Liquid Logic

by Sail Staff, Posted March 20, 2008
Maritime journalist Dallas Murphy is on a quest to quell the alarmists, debunk the deniers, and depolarize the global-warming debate with an active, intelligent discussion of how man-made changes to the ocean ecosystem can have a lasting effect on the earth’s climate. To Follow the Water is a conversation starter that navigates readers through the annals of oceanography, catalogues the
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New Gear - March 2008

by Sail Staff, Posted March 19, 2008
Edited by David Schmidt

Winter WarmerEarly-season sailing’s burly temps and biting winds demand extra-warm clothing, like this Solo jacket from Arc’Teryx. The Solo is an insulating layer intended to be worn under a shell or foul-weather jacket; it relies on ThermaTek insulation, a hydrophobic, hollow-fiber filament that packs big heat, for its minimal


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Meltdown

by David Schmidt, Posted March 19, 2008
Adventure annals are rife with mystery. Take George Mallory and Andrew Irving’s 1924 Mount Everest attempt; the two vanished, their fate murky until their mummified corpses were recently found. In sailing, what happened to Donald Crowhurst (and why) during the 1968–69 Golden Globe Race, the first nonstop solo-circumnavigation race, is equally ambiguous. His boat, Teignmouth Electron, was
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