Gear and Reviews

New Gear - January 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2007
Edited by David Schmidt

Automatic AirbagsFor years, inflatable PFDs have provided sailors with a comfortable way to stay safe without wearing bulky gear. But there are more than a few stories of unwanted deployments. And how would you pull the jacket’s back-up manual “inflate” tab if you were knocked unconscious while getting tossed in the drink? Mustang


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Gear and Reviews

New Gear - March 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2007
Edited by David Schmidt

TIES THAT BINDLongtime European ropemaker Teufelberger recentlypartnered with Ronstan to distribute Teufelberger’s FSERobline sailing ropes around the world. These ropes cover the full gamut of sailing needs, from all-around docking and mooring lines to state-of-the-art racing cords that have been proven on Volvo Ocean


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Gear and Reviews

New Gear - April 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted May 11, 2007
Edited by David Schmidt

AerobucksIn 2003 Erin Hemmings used an Aerobie Pro Ring to set the Guinness World Record for the longest throw of an object without any velocity-adding propulsion. Now Aerobie has launched a hand-held espresso maker. The connection? Both devices help you go the distance. Simply insert a filter, set the AeroPress over a coffee mug, add coffee and


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Boat Reviews

Open 5.70

by Bill Springer, Posted May 11, 2007
With its flat, plane-friendly Groupe Finot hull shape, dual rudders, square-headed full-batten main, and lifting, narrow-chord bulb keel, the Open 5.7 is obviously designed for the high-end of the performance spectrum. It’s only 20 feet long, displaces merely 1,020 pounds (330 pounds are in the keel), and boasts a working sail area of 280 square feet. Off the wind the 5.7 carries a
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Louis Vuitton Cup: The Semifinal Round

by Sail Staff, Posted May 11, 2007

For daily updates and insight from Valencia, see Kimball Livingston's GOT LIVE blog linked from our home page

 

Events are moving fast. In the semifinal round of the challenger eliminations we have two pairings. Each pair races until somebody wins five races. That boat advances, and the other is through, thank you very much. With breaks, the semis run May 14-24. Then we have the final


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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