Profiles

Ed Baird on the Fast Cats

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
By Kimball Livingston

I wasn't far along with my project of the day, querying America's Cup helmsman Ed Baird about sailing these real fast multihulls he's racing nowadays, when he interjected, "A lot of my friends have been asking the same questions you're asking, and yes it's different but it's not so different. I grew up racing Lasers and the like, and when boards


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Inshore Racing

2008OlympicCrazyGlasses

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

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Mid-Summer Checkup

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
By Peter Nielsen

Boats tend to get a thorough inspection in the spring, when commissioning demands the attention of the owner, the yard, or both. It happens again in the fall, when everything is being winterized. Problems, however, don’t usually have the good grace to wait until the end of the season. Some pre-emptive action during the summer could save you a big headache. Why not


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Cruising

Just Add Water

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008
A Singapore-based company that proposes to begin marketing its products to the public before 2008 is out, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, has announced that one of the boats that raced in the Baltic Sprint Cup in July carried its hydrogen cells, the Hydropak, as an emergency backup for onboard electrical systems.

The company says:

Horizon’s HydroPak allows boaters to charge starter


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Cruising

More Height, More Reach, More VHF

by Sail Staff, Posted August 9, 2008

More Height, More Reach, More VHF

Sailors in Southern California now have more access to VHF communications. The difference will be noticed especially by boats south of the border, as far south as Ensenada, and well off the beach around San Diego. The difference-maker is a VHF radio transmission tower installed by BoatU.S. at the crest of 2,565-foot-high San Miguel Mountain, one on


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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