This is now: SAIL contributing editor Ben Ellison, after a pilgrimage to the government's Tropical Prediction Center on the campus of Florida State University, some 12 miles west of downtown Miami, says: "Without doubt the most thorough and timely hurricane information is on the World Wide Web. The Web is also a terrific place to pursue background studies and collect resources for those
In the early 20th century, R-boat racing attracted the brightest and the best. R's were large enough to be yachts and small enough to be toys. One of the most historic of the lot, Pirate, R11, is being restored in Seattle at the lively Center for Wooden Boats. Pirate was the first West Coast boat to campaign on the East Coast—she won the 1929 nationals at
Call 911, or Rocket J? If you're sailing on Pamlico Sound, North Carolina's racing hotbed, and if you're the least bit accident prone, try to stay close to Randy Boyles' s J30 Rocket J. Over the past 3 years the tight, veteran crew of Rocket J has pulled 5 people out of the drink in 4 separate emergencies."It boggles me that we've been the boat on the scene over and over,"