Nano What?

by Sail Staff, Posted November 12, 2007
For most Americans, “nano” entered their lexicon when Apple first introduced its tiny iPod. Now “nano” has entered the sailing vocabulary, as in “nano-tube-enhanced carbon-fiber spars.” It’s a technology that could eventually be used to build better hulls, rudders, and keels.

Conventional carbon-fiber masts are constructed by laying up individual layers of carbon fiber with epoxy resin and


BoatWorks Tips: Repairing Antiskid

by Sail Staff, Posted November 8, 2007
If there was ever a product that sailors should know about, Flex Mold is it—and no, I don’t have a connection with the company.

No matter how careful you are, it's inevitable that the deck of your boat is vulnerable to wear and tear. Winches get dropped, gear gets added, and the antiskid starts to look less than brand-new. Of course, you can always paint the deck, but in my case the

Gear and Reviews

New Gear - October 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted November 7, 2007
Edited by David SchmidtWritten by Ben Ellison

Connected ColorRaymarine’s innovative ST70s instrument displays use bright 3.5-inch high-resolution color screens to display traditional instrument information (really well), plus engine, weather, and other data that’s available on the multi-manufacturer NMEA 2000 data standard. They also mark the


ISAF Inducts Six into Hall of Fame

by Sail Staff, Posted November 7, 2007
Sailing’s history is long, storied, and rich with personalities, adventure, and the desire to see just a bit further down the road of possibility. To honor the merits of sailing’s great, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) recently inducted six sailors, Robin Knox-Johnson (England), Olin Stephens (USA), Dame Ellen Macarthur (England), Barbara Kendall (New Zealand), Paul Elvstrm

Ed Baird becomes ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year

by Sail Staff, Posted November 7, 2007
Ed Baird on Tuesday became the second American to win the title of world sailor of the year in the 14-year history of the event.

Who was first? Paige Railey in the women's category in 2006, that's who.

Now here is the word from the ISAF Annual Meeting at Estoril, Portugal:

St. Petersburg, Florida native Ed Baird was named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Tuesday


Footage of the Race Leaders Rounding Cape Horn

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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