Profiles

Passages: Mark Rudiger

by Sail Staff, Posted July 21, 2008
On Thursday, July 17, 2008, Mark Rudiger passed away from lymphoma. He was 53 years old. Rudiger had battled the cancer for 4 years, and he had been doing well in his fight until the tide sadly changed a few months ago.

Rudiger was a legend in offshore racing and navigating circles, having navigated 14 Transpac races and two Volvo Ocean Races, the later being the


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Boatworks

Better to be seen

by Gordon West, Posted July 20, 2008
"I have a 28-foot boat with a fractional rig. I’m thinking about mounting a radar reflector on the leading edge of the mast between the forestay and the masthead. Is this a good idea?"

-- Dave Adams, Newington, Connecticut

Gordon West replies: Having a radar reflector is always a good idea; it can increase your boat’s target visibility by up to 6 miles.


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Ocean Racing

The 100th Race to Mackinac

by Sail Staff, Posted July 18, 2008
Call it a milestone because it is.

The 100th running of the Race to Mackinac—aka the Chicago-Mac, 400+ boats over the start line as of July 19—is unprecedented in American sailing.

Call it Lake Michigan because a lake it is, but it's also an inland sea, and this event is run under offshore regulations.

Call it unprecedented because the Race to Mackinac celebrated


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Boat Reviews

Mah 36

by Bill Springer, Posted July 18, 2008
Fountaine Pajot’s new Mah 36 replaces the popular Athena 38 as the company’s entry-level boat. Since many cat builders have shied away from smaller cruising models, I was eager to see how the Mah could provide interior headroom and volume without looking top-heavy or sacrificing bridgedeck clearance. I was also interested in learning how or if the shorter waterline would
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Boatworks

Wilting waypoints

by Gordon West, Posted July 16, 2008
"Starting my engine often wipes out some waypoints in my charting program. My multimeter tells me that the voltage to the charting system drops only .5 volt when the starter is cranking, but that seems to be enough to cause the problem. Everything else still works fine with the lower voltage. Any ideas?"

-- Janet Margelli, Marina del Rey, California

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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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