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


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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
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Tsunamis and Boats

by Sail Staff, Posted December 29, 2004
First, an announcement from Sunsail:

After the tragic events in South East Asia over the past few days, the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Sunsail are with all those who have suffered as a result of the earthquake and the resulting tidal waves. Sunsail has been working very closely with the overseas resort teams and the Federation of Tour Operators to evaluate the situation. This will


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Q&A with Designer Marc Lombard

by Sail Staff, Posted December 23, 2004
Designer Marc Lombard, of La Rochelle, France, cut his teeth at England's Green Marine and started his early design work on multihulls and hydrofoils before expanding his design portfolio to monohulls. Some of his recent projects include custom cruisers, such as the aluminum Futuna 57 (in build) and four Open 60s in the Vendee Globe nonstop solo round-the-world race. Josh Adams caught up with him
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Blue Water Rally

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2004
By Kimball Livingston

Imagine sailing into a foreign port and finding it packed full of your best friends. That's the dream—and sometimes the reality—of a long distance rally.

I know the dream can be real. I've seen it. But let's agree up front that rallies work for some people, and not for others. If for you the purpose of voyaging is to wander aimlessly (as aimlessly as


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Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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