How Do We Know What We Know ?

by Sail Staff, Posted April 19, 2007
By Kimball Livingston, in Valencia

It was Ken MacAlpine day in Valencia, with the chief measurer of the AC class taking questions that grew out of the "deflecting keel" buzz. There's a lot of smoke, but not much heat.

The speculation has been that Alinghi (and/or others not excluding BMW Oracle) might be trying to use any of various means to control what I'll call keel


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The Silver Plated Lining

by Sail Staff, Posted April 18, 2007
By Kimball Livingston, in Valencia

Three days in a row—calmed out—set a record for the Louis Vuitton Cup, but China Team found a way to be upbeat. It's all timing, baby. The Answering Pennant (signalling postponement) is becoming the official flag of the Louis Vuitton Cup. It's frustrating to go out for a sail without a sailing breeze, but there's no place in the world


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Not Obligated to Acknowledge Your Foul?

by Sail Staff, Posted April 16, 2007

By Kimball Livingston

 

You heard me. In a match race there is no obligation to take a penalty if you foul. But you're doubledog obligated to perform your penance if the umpires nail you.

Hit a mark unseen? Keep going, mate.

And this is not about cheating. It's a function of having umpires on the course. In a meeting that included jury chairman


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2006

Best Boats 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted April 11, 2007

I needn’t point out that sailboats don’t evolve as quickly as electronics, but incremental changes over the years have gone a long way toward making boats safer, easier to sail, and more comfortable to live on. Each instance of applying fresh thinking to common problems—think staying out of the weather, or stowing the main—can claim a little credit for pushing the evolution of sailboats


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Everything Else

Aerobucks

by Sail Staff, Posted April 10, 2007
In 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 hot water, stir, and depress the plunger. The durable
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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