Ocean Racing

Countdown to Belief

by Sail Staff, Posted September 14, 2007
After three years of prepping for a dream, American Clay Burkhalter counted the time remaining to the start of Mini Transat 2007. "A state of disbelief" is how he described the feeling as the clock wound down to Sunday.

And, after many years of living the dream, the designer of Burkhalter's Mini, Rod Johnstone, could look back and believe that he's moved the ball in the world of


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Artemis takes the MedCup

by Sail Staff, Posted September 9, 2007

By Lyn Hines

 

Hyres, France

The Artemis crew was applauded by their competitors as they tied to the dock after the final race in Hyres, which was also the wrapup of the 2007 MedCup season. A cooler full of “greenies” held the favorites even after the champagne had been opened and sent flying.


The final day never saw more than 10 knots of wind, but


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Inshore Racing

Lesson Learned

by Sail Staff, Posted August 23, 2007
By Morgan Larson

As I recline my chairback on United #888,outbound for SFO and home, I look back over twelve days in Qingdao. After eleven days of sailing (sort of) in 3-6 knots, all I can think about now is the rush of the medal race and how exhilarating it was for Pete Spaulding and me to race a 49er around the track with nine other elite teams in 20 knots of wind against


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Gear and Reviews

Reader Viewpoint

by Sail Staff, Posted August 17, 2007

Final Thoughts: A Better America’s Cup

It isn’t often that an opportunity comes along to make something significantly better and save billions of dollars in the process. But that’s situation we have with the America’s Cup. The answer is simple: Sail identical boats.

This year people commented that the racing had become much more exciting because the boats were


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Everything Else

Map Lover’s Delight

by Sail Staff, Posted August 16, 2007
Charts and maps are one of sailing’s great legacies, as most exploring expeditions brought back charts of previously unknown waters as part of the trip’s bounty. Now, Latitude Kinsale of Ireland makes handmade, custom, three-dimensional to-scale maps, allowing sailors of a different era to share in this same tradition. Below-water topography is clearly discernable, and frame-lighting options make
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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