Chasing Atlantic

by Sail Staff, Posted May 17, 2005

In 1905 Charlie Barr and the crew of the 185-foot schooner Atlantic crossed the Atlantic, from New York to the Lizard, England, in 12 days, 4 hours, and 1 minute. Going by today's offshore racing standards, a 12-day transatlantic passage is a cruise, especially when compared to maxicat Playstation's crossing in 2001; Steve Fossett's team sprinted across in 4 days and 17 hours,


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West Coast

Cruising San Francisco Bay

by Sail Staff, Posted May 16, 2005
On day two of my San Francisco Bay cruise I proved an age-old principle: As soon as you go home, you fall back into the same old roles.

I hadn't really been gone, but I had not in years idled away a succession of days on my home waters with no agenda except to go wherever I wanted, and do whatever seemed like a good idea at the time. What seemed like a good idea today was to sail my nephew,


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Boat Reviews

Columbia 30

by Kimball Livingston, Posted May 3, 2005
The new Columbia 30 would have attracted attention even if it were just an average white boat. The resurrection of Columbia Yachts is a story in itself. But Vince Valdes has grander aims than just bringing his father's old company back to life.

The marketplace will have to decide what to make of a high-end 30-foot sportboat that's weekend-cruiser friendly, but Valdes is betting plenty of


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Boat Reviews

Jeanneau has made a splash breaking into the market for deck-saloon cruisers over the past few years, but it has also done a very good job of updating its bread-and-butter boats, as seen in the new Sun Odyssey 49. The SO 49 replaces the SO 45, a staple boat in charter fleets around the world, and, like its predecessor, it is very focused on the needs of this market.


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Boat Reviews

X-35

by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2005
Danish builder X-Yachts is set to debut its new X-35 One Design later this year, but don’t be fooled by the "One Design" label. It's more than just a 35-foot one-design racer. Like lots of new launches these days, it's designed to be sporty, easy to sail, and comfortable belowdecks.

Strict one-design rules have been established to foster fleet development for those who want to race, but the


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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