Gear

Soft Touch

by Sail Staff, Posted September 16, 2007
How many times have you found yourself sailing in a spitting rain that’s not wet enough to warrant an offshore jacket but is cold enough to require some protection? The Atlantis Grand Prix Softshell Jacket is made of stretchy, ripstop polyester with a weatherproofing membrane and a brushed polyester microfleece backing for comfort; it works well as both an outer layer for misty, light rain and an
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Sliced and Diced

by Sail Staff, Posted September 16, 2007
Besides nationality, what do the Swiss America’s Cup syndicate Alinghi and knife manufacturer Wenger have in common? Answer: A partnership that has produced a well-thought-out, sailing-specific knife. The Alinghi Knife features the best pliers I’ve ever seen on a folding knife, a locking blade, a line gauge, various screwdrivers, and a spike—all designed to help you MacGyver yourself out of tight
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Pocket Processor

by Sail Staff, Posted September 16, 2007
Having a back-up wind instrument is a good idea for big-boat sailing; for dinghy racing, having a wind meter can make a huge difference, especially in challenging, shifty conditions. Speedtech Instruments’s new WindMate wind/weather meters can take a number of wind and weather readings (model depending), including windspeed, temperature, wind chill, wind direction, and cross-wind and head/tail
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Reader Viewpoint

by Sail Staff, Posted August 17, 2007

Final Thoughts: A Better America’s Cup

It isn’t often that an opportunity comes along to make something significantly better and save billions of dollars in the process. But that’s situation we have with the America’s Cup. The answer is simple: Sail identical boats.

This year people commented that the racing had become much more exciting because the boats were


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Map Lover’s Delight

by Sail Staff, Posted August 16, 2007
Charts 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 tradition. Below-water topography is clearly discernable, and frame-lighting options make
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