Ocean Racing

Cutting Their Teeth

by Sail Staff, Posted July 27, 2008
By Lyn Hines

La Rochelle, France

La Solitaire du Figaro, three stages long and 50 boats strong—sailed single handed in purpose-built boats—finally got a start over the weekend after a dreary, windless and rainy postponement. Conditions were opposite to the windy, sunny prologue last week, won by the “Green Giant”, Gildas Morvan, who is a favorite to win again despite


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Cruising

BVI Defers Harbor Fees

by Sail Staff, Posted July 23, 2008
After receiving an influx of complaints from the marine industry, both locally and abroad, the British Virgin Islands government announced July 15 its decision to indefinitely defer levying harbor fees on all vessels entering or remaining in territorial waters and on those using BVI Ports Authority facilities.

In a statement made July 15, available via Virgin Islands Platinum News’s Web


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Ocean Racing

Race to Mackinac

by Sail Staff, Posted July 22, 2008
It’s a funny thing: offshore sailing in the Midwest. But that’s exactly what the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac is, featuring 333 miles of sailing, often requiring sailors to negotiate a wide variety of wind and sea-state conditions en route to an island (Mackinac Island, that is) that doesn’t allow cars, but instead condones pedestrians, bicycles, and horse-drawn carriages. But that’s an
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Boatworks

Big piece or small?

by Don Casey, Posted July 22, 2008
"Many books on fiberglass repair, including one of yours, have drawings showing how to lay up cloth and mat over a tapered repair area, like a hole. The repair always begins with a small piece of cloth at the bottom, and as the layup continues, the pieces get larger. This makes sense to me, because a layup schedule doesn’t depend on just one interface bonding. Going from smaller to larger would
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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