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Evolution, not Revolution

by Nigel Calder, Posted November 12, 2008
October’s Annapolis Boat Show opened as Wall Street experienced one of the biggest sell-offs in history. With the scary economic news, it was easy to think that many people would put off investing in a new boat. That idea went out the window as VIP Thursday appeared to be more crowded than ever. Instead of panicking, sailors seemed to be turning to sailing, much as they did after 9/11—as a
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Ocean Racing Just a few days after it started off the coast of France, the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race is already living up to its reputation as the ultimate test of sailors and equipment.

Battered by huge seas and strong winds in the Bay of Biscay, nine of the 30 starters have either retired or been forced back to the French port of Les Sables d’Olonne for repairs.

The race started in


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Ocean Racing

Another Solo Record

by Peter Nielsen, Posted November 12, 2008
The French dominate the world of shorthanded ocean sailing, and the man of the moment among French solo sailors is Francis Joyon.

Last winter Joyon became the fastest person to sail single-handed around the world, setting a remarkable time of 57 days, 13 hours, knocking nearly two weeks off the previous record.

Last weekend the 52-year-old Frenchman set another record aboard his 97’


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Everything Else

Sensibulb LED

by David Schmidt, Posted November 7, 2008
Much has been written in recent years regarding LED light bulbs as a way of saving energy aboard, and about the many hours of use that each LED unit delivers, and rightly so. Why waste power and create heat by using inefficient incandescent bulbs? The Sensibulb is the newest LED offering from Sailor’s Solutions, and is purported to be the brightest aftermarket LED available. Best yet, the
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Books+Media "June 30, 1861, CSN Sumter. Mississippi Delta. Bound for the sea. Blazing sun, thick haze.

The eyes of Commander Raphael Semmes are burning, and there is nowhere to turn for relief. It’s high tide at Head of the Passes, his only chance to break from the cage Abe Lincoln’s sea boys have built round him and New Orleans. And right now the South’s little bark-rigged raider, the ship channel


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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