Ocean Racing It says something about sailing’s prospects as a sport that 2008 left us with three round-the-world races under way at the same time. As we look to nail down just what that means, do keep your thumbs clear of the hammer.

Certainly sailboat racing is as incoherent as ever in its public face. Hard-core fans have no trouble, or not so much, separating a crewed circumnavigation (the


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Racing

2009 O’pen BIC “Un-Regatta” Mid Winters

by Sail Staff, Posted February 5, 2009
SAIL Magazine editor David Schmidt says, “The boats may be small but the smiles were huge at the Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic, aka “The Un-Regatta” in Miami, where the juniors competed in Open Bics. (Hint to other juniors – Open Bic’s make for perfect dive platforms.) Now why didn’t they have these things when I was a junior sailor?”

Thanks to James Daley for the


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2009

2009 Pittman Innovation Awards

by Sail Staff, Posted February 3, 2009
As sailors we pit ourselves against the unknown, working to negotiate safe passages through ever-changing oceans and lakes and rivers in weather conditions for which the term “variable” should be considered a euphemism. While each passage or race is unique, one aspect of sailing is universal—namely, that innovation and new technology combine to make our sport easier, safer, and just plain more
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Flagships

Sunreef 70

by Sail Staff, Posted February 3, 2009
Blue Gru, the first yacht in the new Sunreef 70 line, was recently launched from the builder’s yard in Poland. The streamlined aluminum exterior contrasts with a classic interior design with minimalist styling. The yacht, like many in the Sunreef fleet, has been designed principally for the charter trade through the firm’s charter division.

Other features include


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Boat Reviews

Beneteau 54

by Sail Staff, Posted February 3, 2009
The Beneteau design team worked with Berret-Racoupeau Yacht Design and the Nauta Design Group to develop this new flagship of the Beneteau fleet. The design brief specified an elegant coachroof with good visibility, interior volume and comfort, ease of handling, and good performance offshore.

Belowdeck, the long coachroof windows combine with the hull ports to allow lots of natural light to


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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