Sail on the Cheap

by Sail Staff, Posted June 2, 2006
By Leah Welch

I am a novice sailor. I took one sailing course in college and earned an Ohio Division of Watercraft license (the equivalent of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's America's Boating Course). It was only recently that I decided to make sailing my lifestyle and began researching ASA (American Sailing Association) and U.S. Sailing schools.

Like most working Joes, I had


Navigation Gear Special

by Sail Staff, Posted May 31, 2006
Cautious sailors understandably worry that the trend toward networked multifunction electronics could lead them to simultaneous multifunction failures. But the solution may be improved system architecture—as seen in Northstar’s new 8000i, diagrammed at right—not in running separate machines. Notice that the Northstar system is “masterless”—sounder, radar, cameras, and even the various sensor

Overboard Downwind: The Nightmare

by Sail Staff, Posted May 31, 2006
By Kimball Livingston, Senior Editor West Coast

I've been through two overboards, one as the guy in the water and one as crew on deck. May neither happen to you.

My own overboard was the least of it—inshore, with plenty of boats and race crews around to make up for my collision-disabled ride—but it was scary enough, and the outcome wasn't


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


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

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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