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by Sail Staff, Posted April 29, 2009
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Ocean Racing Ken Read is self-described as the “luckiest man alive” as far as his current job, skipper of Puma Ocean Racing’s il mostro in this year Volvo Ocean Race. Currently, Read and il mostro are sitting in third place by a comfortable point margin (11 points), but more importantly they are locked in a death battle with Telefonica Blue for second place, with only a
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Boat Handling

Extending whisker poles

by Peter Nielsen, Posted April 20, 2009
A standard spinnaker pole is as long as the J measurement on your boat – that is, the distance from the base of the mast to the forestay chainplate. This is purely a racing rule requirement; longer poles are penalized under PHRF rules. If you’re cruising, your whisker pole can be any length you like.

On a couple of occasions when I’ve wanted to run downwind with


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Inshore Racing

Moth madness

by Sail Staff, Posted April 17, 2009
If you’re into dinghy sailing or high-performance sailing, you’ve likely heard of foiler Moths, the latest iteration in the constantly evolving International Moth Class. These latest Moths use an ingenious senor wand (click here to read about how the mechanics of a foiler Moth work) and a twistable tiller to lift the
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Piracy persists

by Tom Nunlist, Posted April 17, 2009
Pirates in the Gulf of Aden received much international media attention this month with the Maersk Alabama incident and the subsequent retaliation attack against the Liberty Sun. The pirates vowed to kill Americans. Until now, flags have not seemed to influence the pirates' choice of ships to hijack, but perhaps that has now changed. All types of boats, from giant cargo ships to
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Footage of the Race Leaders Rounding Cape Horn

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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