Short tacks - Sail Magazine

Short tacks

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
Author:
Publish date:

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 new Santa Cruz 37, and the first KWRW for the King 40’s. Interestingly, Jim Bishop’s nearly 20-year-old J/44, Gold Digger, finished third in IRC 2, proving yet again that masterful sailing, not a spanking-new boat, is the recipe for success.

You’d think that in a down-turned economy fewer sailors would be able to turn up for a Olympic Class Regatta (OCR), especially this far out from the next summer Olympics. Not so. In fact, 444 sailors from 41 countries arrived for January’s Miami OCR to compete in 10 Olympic classes and 3 Paralympics classes. For comparison, 2008’s Miami OCR fielded 369 sailors from 34 countries. In an Olympic year. Go figure.

Blood, not water, has flowed under the bridge since 2007 when the America’s Cup rift was matched by rumors that Louis Vuitton was leaving the game. But the luxury goods company returned to sponsor the Vuitton Pacific Series in New Zealand in February. As racing opened, final legal arguments were yet to be heard in a New York court between Cup defender Alinghi and BMW Oracle. And, OK, the racing was interesting, but the real competition was for hearts and minds. Ed Baird was helming Alinghi with skipper Brad Butterworth at his side. And Butterworth’s former skipper, Russell Coutts, was helming BMW Oracle. Ernesto Bertarelli did not list himself as an Alinghi crew member;
Larry Ellison did sign onto the crewsheet of his BMW Oracle Team. The end, or a new beginning?

Related

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comA clean run Dropping a coil on deck so that its running part is on top will always help it to spool out cleanly. Flaking it in a figure of eight can be even better. This allows the line to fall naturally ...read more

Outremer45

Boat Review: Outremer 45

It’s funny the way things that work right almost inevitably tend to look right as well. Case in point: the Outremer 45, a catamaran that can’t help but turn heads with its large rig, nicely sculpted cabintrunk and narrow, purposeful bows. Better yet, under sail the boat more than ...read more

Sunset-Tyrrel-Bay

Charter: Glorious Grenada

In the wake of the hurricanes that devastated the Virgin Islands last year many charterers ended up going farther south to Grenada and the Grenadines where they found the sailing excellent and the vibe just fine“God must have been a sailor when he created the Caribbean,” a friend ...read more

WaterLinesNov

Waterlines: Tangled Up in Pots

I learned to sail on the Maine coast as a boy, and one of the things my elders taught me was to respect fishing gear. If you got caught up with a lobster pot, you did everything you could to get clear without cutting the pot warp. It represented a family’s livelihood and thus was ...read more

7353

Harken’s Reflex 3 top-down Furler

Furl PowerAre you afraid of flying—spinnakers, that is? Harken’s new Reflex 3 top-down furler will tame A-sails on monohulls from 44-58ft and multis from 39-55ft, and Code 0’s on 39-54ft monos and 36-50ft multis. All you do is heave on the furling line and the sail will roll up ...read more