It was a textbook Rolex Sydney Hobart Race this past Boxing Day: sunshine for the start in Sydney, followed by a nice snotty gale in the Bass Strait by Day 4, which forced number of boats to withdraw, including the Reichel Pugh 55 Wedgetail, dismasted off Tasman Island as she neared the home stretch.
Like many monohull sailors, what first drew me to today’s cruising multihulls was all that lounging space. Performance concerns were secondary, at best. What was the point? Over the years, though, my standards have changed. No longer am I content sailing on a mere party platform.
The good news is that the Volvo Ocean Race has what looks to be a fast, super-sexy one-design boat for crews to compete aboard. The bad news is that at press time, with less than a year to go to the October 4, 2014, start in Alicante, Spain, only three teams had officially thrown their hats into the ring: China’s Team Dongfeng, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Sweden’s all-female Team SCA.
According to Bavaria, the new Vision 46 is: “designed, from the start, to embody the cruising sailor’s wish list.” I have to admit, though, that I wasn’t paying too much attention to this wish list as we cast off lines prior to a recent delivery from Mystic, Connecticut.
AspectSolar’s EnergyBar 250 portable battery pack fits in a backpack and features a slim 20AH cell that can power anything from a USB device to a television. The device can fully recharge a laptop up to five times, or a mobile device up to 30 times on a single charge.
For sailors who believe that time spent on the water is even better with a soundtrack, Outdoor Technology’s new Turtle Shell Bluetooth speaker will make the perfect sailing companion. The rugged, sporty speaker weighs just 11oz, fits in the palm of your hand and is both shockproof and water resistant, so you can rock out on deck in even the worst weather.