Inshore Racing

Depth of Field: U.S. Olympic Trials Update

by Sail Staff, Posted October 17, 2007

By David Schmidt

No racing sailor ever wants to see a regatta determined in the protest room. But when the regatta in question is the final race in the U.S. Olympic Trials, neither the skipper nor the Olympic committee wants this to happen. But happen it did, in the hotly contested Laser class, as the two top U.S. Laser sailors, Andrew Campbell and Brad Funk, duked

Boat Reviews

Laser SB3

by Bill Springer, Posted October 17, 2007
The SB3 (stands for sportboat for three people), hugely popular in Europe, made its American debut at the Annapolis sailboat show earlier this month. It seems to have hit the elusive target that sportboat designers shoot for—a fun, fast, durable, and reasonably affordable raceboat. To that end, there’s some carbon used in the bowsprit and foils, but the rest of the boat uses tried-and-true

Be Seen

by Sail Staff, Posted October 16, 2007
Class B AIS still awaits FCC approval, but ACR’s Nauticast B will be a complete and well-made solution. It comes with both GPS and VHF antennas along with cabling capable of sending position and target information to both a plotter and a PC simultaneously. Included software simplifies setup and lets a user easily enable silent mode or send a Mayday. Testing done outside U.S. waters suggests that

Mopeds No, Zodiacs Yes: Chatting with Ernesto

by Sail Staff, Posted October 16, 2007

By Kimball Livingston


Early this month, Ernesto Bertarelli made a whistlestop USA tour—as whistlestops go via private jet—and I spent enough time with the America's Cup defender, over a two-day period, to chat about matters other than the controversies dragging us toward the courts of New York. The legal battle looms large in every Cup aficionado's mind, but Mr. Bertarelli is going


IBEX 2007: New Gear Sneak Peek

by Sail Staff, Posted October 12, 2007
Because IBEX is a show for professionals, some of the gear and technology on display isn’t yet available to the public (or has only recently been released). But just because it's industry news, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know about it. Here are three new items to keep an eye out for.

Fusion MS-IP500 Stereo UnitForget CDs, digital music is the way of the


Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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