The past year has been a good one for small boats and daysailers, but even in a crowded field, the Tartan Fantail stands out as something special—a boat that is elegant, practical and, best of all, a whole lot of fun.
What was supposed to have been a waterborne extravaganza celebrating all things AC, instead resulted in a single AC 72—Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ)—sailing what was essentially an uncontested practice race on Sunday for points.
Now North Sails is offering a limited edition “collection,” which is as fashionable as it is functional, and includes everything from windbreakers and sweat-wicking “tech shirts” to button-down dress shirts, towels and cashmere hoodies.
In addition to the usual hazards faced by offshore racers, competitors in this year’s Transpac Yacht Club’s LA-Honolulu Race found themselves dodging a surprising amount of debris as they navigated the 2,225-mile course.
Skipper Yann Guichard and his brother Jacques both had to be airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment after the MOD70 trimaran Spindrift capsized during one of the inshore races of the Route de Princes race off Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.
Raymarine’s new Evolution autopilots employ what the company calls its Evolution AI control algorithms, which enable them to “perceive their environment” and then instantly calculate and “evolve” a set of steering commands to maximize performance.