Boat Reviews

Melges 17

by Sail Staff, Posted February 28, 2005

With active fleets of M, C, A, and other scows racing on the Great Lakes, why are the folks up in Zenda, Wisconsin, at Melges Performance Sailboats introducing a new scow class? "We're presently losing a lot of our young sailors once they graduate out of the X-Boat, Laser, and 420," says Melges VP Andy Burdick. "The Melges 17 will bring new excitement to scow

Boat Reviews

FastCat 305 Vector-K

by Sail Staff, Posted February 25, 2005
Who says cruising catamarans must be over 40 feet long to have accommodations? The FastCat 305 Vector-K is one of several new cruising catamarans that are now being imported by African Cats US. It's only 30 feet long, but its 18-foot beam frees up sufficient interior space to house three cabins and a comfortable six-seater saloon with wrap-around exterior views. Freeboard is

Peaking At Athens

by Sail Staff, Posted February 21, 2005
Paul Foerster, Olympic gold medallist, was honored recently as Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, an award he is sharing with his crewman in the 470 dinghy, Kevin Burnham. The ceremonies took place at the New York Yacht Club, where Jody Swanson was honored (for the second time) as Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.

Foerster, a two-time world champion in the Flying Dutchman class, has also won Olympic


Surviving St. Clair

by Sail Staff, Posted January 26, 2005
By Josh Adams

Come on, autopilot. Don’t fail me now. Time is running out before my start in the PHRF B class of the 40-mile St. Clair Solo race. So far, the way things are going in the pre-start on board Taz, a borrowed Tartan Ten, my first solo race is turning into the Debacle in Detroit.

After punching in commands for the pilot to make a 40-degree turn into the eye of the


Nice Touch, Key West

by Sail Staff, Posted January 11, 2005
Key West Race Week—presented by Nautica—is close at hand and people are already trailering south through snow or rain or both sequentially and wondering why they didn't quit their jobs a week ago and just leave early. Entries are now at 295, including 84 in PHRF, and the Premiere Racing team has added a nice touch to the program (so far we've seen it only online) by running Displacement/Length

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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