Into the Fire

by Sail Staff, Posted August 12, 2004
Despite some distractions—heat, security issues, the meltemi—the U.S. Sailing Team looks to increase its record medal count at the Olympic Games this month in AthensBy Josh AdamsThirty-year-old 49er sailor Tim Wadlow, a newcomer on the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, knows history is on his side. Since winning its first medals in 1932 (Star and 8-Meter), the U.S. team
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Cruising Grounds The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association now runs a message board of updated information regarding the waterway. We have a link at the bottom of this story. Meanwhile, we have more good news ...

Are you a racer? A cruiser? Doesn't matter. If you transit the Eastern seaboard, you probably use the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, and the food news is that the great letter-writing


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Note from Athens

by Sail Staff, Posted August 5, 2004
Ventura, California, sailor Kevin Hall has been in Athens since June, preparing to race in the Finn class at the Olympic Regatta. The first race for Finns is on August 14. After competing in the 2002 Louis Vuitton Cup as OneWorld Challenge's navigator, Hall started training in the Finn less than a year before the Olympic Trials. He rose to the top of the class in short order, and this month we'll
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Sails and Rigging

Anchoring Principles

by Jim Hancock, Posted July 20, 2004
In the July issue of SAIL we published Jim Hancock's Scope for Improvement?" in which the author argues that the traditional anchoring rules of thumb may need revision. More scope is almost always better, unless you don't have the room to swing, or the bottom is foul.

There's more to know, however, and this is where Hancock lays out the facts surrounding the catenary curve, as we


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Boat Reviews

Stellar 53

by Sail Staff, Posted July 20, 2004
Sparkman & Stephens has a reputation that other design firms would kill for. The list of classic S&S boats reads like a who's who of notable designs of the twentieth century. With the new Stellar 53, S&S carries the tradition into the twenty-first century. Built in New Zealand, the hull features a fine entry, moderate overhangs, and a raised-saloon layout that should serve for speedy and
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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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