Ernesto Pulls the Plug

by Sail Staff, Posted November 16, 2007

Those of you who follow these things closely will note that a consortium of challengers joined BMW Oracle last week in offering a compromise to enable racing in 2009. Alinghi rejected that offer. As expected, America's Cup Management is now announcing that Cup competition will be delayed beyond 2009. The press release, issued on Thanksgiving morning, USA time, is copied below. Also as


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Boatworks

Keeping Connected: Communications for Cruisers

by Sail Staff, Posted November 13, 2007
The rapid evolution of communications technology in the last decade has meant that more of us are able to keep in range of a regular cell phone. We asked many of the entrants in the 2006 ARC transatlantic rally how they planned to stay in contact with those back home and received a variety of answers. Here we describe what systems were chosen and why, and explain some of the
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Cruising

Sailing the Web: Salty Southeast Cruiser's Net

by Sail Staff, Posted November 13, 2007
If you find that your cruising guides and newsletters are obsolete before you ever reach your destination, you’ll want to know about The Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net (www.cruisersnet.net). This new Web site, developed by cruising guide author Claiborne Young and nautical author Eddie Jones, allows for a free exchange of information among
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Boat Reviews

Finngulf 43

by Bill Springer, Posted November 12, 2007
Finngulf Yachts has been building quick, sturdy performance cruisers for 25 years, but the company's new 43-footer is the first to be designed by a well-known firm here in the States. Farr Yacht Design got the commission, and the result appears to be an excellent combination of style, performance, and good old-fashioned Finish sturdiness. The hull and deck are laid up with
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Electronics+Navigations

LED There Be Light

by Sail Staff, Posted November 12, 2007
Looking to illuminate your foredeck without chewing through batteries? Petzl’s new Tikka XP LED headlamp cranks out a blinding (literally) 35 lumens at its maximum-brightness setting and sports three other brightness levels—optimum, economic, and boost. The unit's clear-plastic slide converts the illumination from a spot beam to the diffused lighting that is optimal for chart work. The headlamp
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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