Inshore Racing

Hardesty Wins Etchells Worlds

by Sail Staff, Posted June 28, 2008
New world champions were crowned in the Etchells class over the weekend, with the completion of racing on Lake Michigan out of Chicago Yacht Club. Here is a report from the race organizers:

Bill Hardesty, Erik Shampain, Steve Hunt, and Jennifer Wilson of San Diego, California take their first Etchells World Championship title after ending the regatta with a strong 12th place finish


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Ocean Racing

Dry-Ice Boat Cometh

by Sail Staff, Posted June 27, 2008

Amidst clouds of a very corporate-looking dry ice bonanza, Ericsson yesterday unveiled their second new Volvo Open 70. The new stead, designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian and built by Killian Bushe and his team in Ericsson headquarters, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden, is the fourth Volvo Open 70 penned by the brilliant Argentinean designer. As the team’s press release pointed out, the day was


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Boatworks

Ground out

by Gordon West, Posted June 26, 2008
"I’ve got my boat well grounded for lightning protection and have a pair of insulators to isolate my backstay. I’m concerned that the grounded rigging will pull down my SSB signal transmissions."

-- Jim Wonn, Cashmere, Washington

Gordon West replies: As long as your backstay is insulated so the SSB antenna can radiate, there is no problem. Although the signal


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Sails

Steady helm

by Win Fowler, Posted June 26, 2008

"My Grampian sloop is fairly heavy, but it performs well in a breeze. However, my arm gets tired holding the tiller to keep the boat sailing in a straight line. Would moving the foot of the mast forward or aft help correct this problem?"

 

-- Harry Newiger, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Win Fowler replies: Several things could be causing this problem—it’s


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Destinations Amy Ullrich

Caribbean regattas aren't the sole province of locals and sailing journalists. Three big ones—the St. Martin Heineken Regatta (early March), BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (early April), and Antigua Sailing Week (late April)—have non-spinnaker charter divisions, and several charter companies allow their boats to enter.


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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