BREAKDOWNS END OSTAR DREAMS

by Sail Staff, Posted May 26, 2005
The way things are going in the OSTAR transatlantic race from Plymouth, England, to Newport, Rhode Island, there will be more retired boats than finishers by the end of the 2,800-mile passage. Two weeks in, the EIRA class for small monohulls was the only class fully intact. Fourteen boats had retired and 17 were still headed west for Newport. The breakdowns include:

Patrice Carpentier


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Inshore Racing As far as we know, the first course racing for kites, anywhere, is taking place this year on the San Francisco cityfront. For years now kites have been a familiar, colorful feature in the waters off Crissy Field, which is located just inside the Golden Gate and right in the mouth of the wind funnel. The kite sailors do their going-fast bit, and they do their flying through the air bit, and for
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Chasing Atlantic

by Sail Staff, Posted May 17, 2005

In 1905 Charlie Barr and the crew of the 185-foot schooner Atlantic crossed the Atlantic, from New York to the Lizard, England, in 12 days, 4 hours, and 1 minute. Going by today's offshore racing standards, a 12-day transatlantic passage is a cruise, especially when compared to maxicat Playstation's crossing in 2001; Steve Fossett's team sprinted across in 4 days and 17 hours,


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West Coast

Cruising San Francisco Bay

by Sail Staff, Posted May 16, 2005
On day two of my San Francisco Bay cruise I proved an age-old principle: As soon as you go home, you fall back into the same old roles.

I hadn't really been gone, but I had not in years idled away a succession of days on my home waters with no agenda except to go wherever I wanted, and do whatever seemed like a good idea at the time. What seemed like a good idea today was to sail my nephew,


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Boat Reviews

Columbia 30

by Kimball Livingston, Posted May 3, 2005
The new Columbia 30 would have attracted attention even if it were just an average white boat. The resurrection of Columbia Yachts is a story in itself. But Vince Valdes has grander aims than just bringing his father's old company back to life.

The marketplace will have to decide what to make of a high-end 30-foot sportboat that's weekend-cruiser friendly, but Valdes is betting plenty of


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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