FADE IN: With three new boats in the mix at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, 11 months before the Real Deal begins, the usual-suspects Big Four remains on top of ACC racing—BMW Oracle, Luna Rossa, Emirates Team New Zealand, and Alinghi. The defender, Alinghi,did not enter its new boat in the current round of


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Club Spirit and the Congressional Cup

by Sail Staff, Posted May 4, 2006
Ready for Congressional Cup, 2007? Neither is the Long Beach Yacht Club, but they will be. The dust has yet to settle on Congressional Cup 2006, but LBYC's race management system is already in gear for the next one. Probably, your club's signature regatta does not have an endowment fund, or need 300 volunteers to run it, but still there's much to be learned from how LBYC went
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Charter

Sail Away - March 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted May 4, 2006

Where to Go Now

Sailing your home waters in summer is fun; sailing someone else’s home waters is an adventure.

Now, as you read this magazine, is the time to think about where you’d like to spend your summer sailing vacation. Some mighty fine North American cruising grounds offer hartering—the way most of us get to sail outside our home waters—only in May through September or at


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Time for Time on Time?

by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2006
When the starting gun fires for Race 1 of Downeast Race Week 2006, the fleet will not be racing IRC. They tried that in 2005. Then they went back to PHRF, but not scored Time on Distance. Unlike most racers in the USA, these sailors of Maine will be marching to their own drummer, and scoring Time on Time.

Our West Coast editor, Kimball Livingston, reached out to the Mysterious East Coast


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Gear and Reviews

New Gear - April 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted May 3, 2006
A Sail for RidingMost boats don’t behave as well when anchored with rope rode as they do when lying to chain. They tend to sheer about much more, especially in wind-against-tide scenarios, which is bad for your nerves—and those of your neighbors. One way of coping with this is to set a riding sail on the backstay to help keep the bow pointed into the wind. You could make one of
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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