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Short tacks

by Sail Staff, Posted April 6, 2009
Not surprising that only 154 boats turned out for the 22nd edition of Key West Race Week, down from 261 boats in 2008. Still, the competition was high, especially amongst the Melges 24 (33 boats) and the Melges 32 (20 boats) fleets. While the grand-prix action was in IRC 1, it was IRC 2 that proved to be the most interesting handicap fleet to watch as it featured the U.S. racing premiere of the
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Sherpas call Mount Everest Sagarmatha, “the mountain so high that no bird can fly over it”. Western sailors know the Vende Globe—a non-stop, solo, around-the-world race sailed on wildly powerful, lightweight 60-footers—as sailing’s Mount Everest. Study the attrition rate in this year’s race—19 of the original 30 boats dropped out, many in the stormy waters of the Southern Ocean—and you realize
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Speed sailing records smashed on water and land

by Tom Nunlist, Posted April 3, 2009
On the 26th of March, two separate teams broke both the world water and land sailing speed records independently of each other.

An Australian team sailing the Macquarie Innovation broke their own water speed record set last December at Sandy Point, Victoria, Australia and became the first vessel to complete the official 500m run with an average of over 50 knots. At Ivanpah Lake in


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J/95 Review

by Tom Nunlist, Posted April 3, 2009
It’s not often that you get to sail in a brand new boat, especially one that has been in the water for less than 48-hours. But, as luck (and some help from our good friends at J/Boats), editor Peter Nielsen and senior editor David Schmidt got invited down to Portsmouth, RI in late March for an early season sail on the new J/95, a twin-rudder, lifting centerboard rocket ship. Even better
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Hometown high

by David Schmidt, Posted April 3, 2009
When the Volvo Ocean Race calls on Boston Harbor in May, every weekend sailor in the region will have a chance to sniff the air around a grand prix circus. So how did Boston "steal" the US stopover? We turned to the instigator, Bill Lynn of Marblehead, Massachusetts, an unassuming ace Etchells sailor and co-operator of Atlantis Weather Gear. He also has a background in
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