Topsy-turvy in Trapani

by Sail Staff, Posted October 4, 2005

Even America’s Cup purists longing for Thames St. ambiance, skirts on keels, and national crews would have loved this one. The final day of Act 8 in Trapani, Sicily, was anything but predictable. Tacticians went from heroes to zeroes in a single shift. Rock-solid teams, like the sailors on Alinghi intending to protect their sterling match-racing record and win


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Boat Reviews

Dufour 455

by James Jermain, Posted September 23, 2005

Forty years ago Michel Dufour dragged boatbuilding into the industrial age by being one of the first to design boats specifically for production building methods. The company came out of some recent financial troubles and launched a “new era” in 2003. Since then two parallel but carefully matched lines of cruising boats have been introduced.

One is a group of performance


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Boat Reviews

Corsair Sprint 750

by Bill Springer, Posted September 23, 2005
The new Corsair Sprint 750 represents a high-octane evolution of the successful Corsair 24. Its length and overall profile are similar to the 24’s, but over 100 pounds have been trimmed from the hull and the cockpit has been lengthened at the expense of some interior volume in the cuddy cabin. The cabin has a small double bunk and a place to put an optional porta-potty, but accommodations space
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Boat Reviews

Broadblue 42

by Sail Staff, Posted September 23, 2005

The Broadblue 42 is the latest cruising cat designed specifically for owners with offshore-cruising aspirations, and it appears to have all the right comfort and safety features. It has the large saloon, the bright, airy interior, the well-designed galley, and the four private cabins you’d expect on a cat that’s 42 feet long and over 20 feet wide, as well as watertight


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Hometown Advantage? Ha!

by Sail Staff, Posted September 11, 2005
In the September issue of SAIL we ask the question, Do you believe in the hometown advantage? I don't, not in sailing.

It's a revered concept, but in 2005 we've had three world championships on my home waters of San Francisco Bay, California, USA. And we had winners from Australia, the Netherlands, and Chile. Locals did well, but . . .

29er Worlds: Jacqui Bonnitcha & Euan McNicol,


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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