Short Tacks

by SAIL Editors, Posted January 16, 2015

For years, crews have battled to best the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record, which circumnavigates the island of Jamestown, on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.


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Profiles

The Farr 40 is easily one of the most competitive owner/driver one design classes afloat, placing a world championship title amongst the highest-level achievements that a well-polished sailing program can attain. 


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Columns

Dawn on the morning of my 40th birthday, singlehanding 300 miles offshore, I had just wrapped up an ambitious, five-year work stint that provided for the sailboat of my dreams plus a kitty to take her cruising.


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Electronics+Navigations

Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1

by SAIL Editors, Posted January 16, 2015

Billing itself as the “world’s smallest PLB,” Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1 measures just 3in high by 2in wide and 1in deep. Specific features include a retractable antenna, 66-channel GPS receiver, fully functional 406MHz satellite transmitter, a 121.5MHz homing beacon and a strobe.


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Boatworks

As part of a general refit of the boat, I wanted to install a toilet that was somewhat more streamlined and—more importantly—used fresh water for flushing. Boat toilets have a reputation for being smelly with a tendency to clog.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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