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COMMENTARY: Storm sail succeeds as functional drogue

September 5th, 2013

By Frederic Berg My heart goes out to the family and friends of Craig Williams. Sailing is meant to be a pastime and should not lead to a tragic loss of life. While we cannot replace a fellow sailor’s life, perhaps we can collectively contribute solutions to problems encountered by Uncontrollable Urge during the Islands


Don’t ever let a great racing day pass with no race committee

August 20th, 2013

by Glenn McCarthy, Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation The International 505 Class runs all of their races without a Race Committee boat, whether for fleet races, National Championships or their World Championship. How do you run a race without Race Committee? With a Rabbit Start! It is a really simple process and commonly works very


Stories from the Street

July 30th, 2013

Donald Street Jr. is somewhere north of 80 years old, and has swallowed more salt water than most of us will ever have splashed on us. Here he shares the views of the late Bill Snaith, engineer, author, raconteur, and successful ocean racing skipper of a series of yawls named Figaro, about the yawl rig…


Another Sailing Tragedy Reminds Us to Stay Safe

July 23rd, 2013

By Tom Lochhaas, Guide A report from the U.K. of a sailor who died mere hours after buying his new boat should remind us all of how quickly the joy of sailing can turn tragic. Hany Mustapha, a British businessman, had just bought his 21-foot sloop and was on his first sail, solo, when


Outboard Motors Safety: Propeller Guards

July 22nd, 2013

By Whitney Peterson & Kellie Crete, Gowrie Group Experienced boaters know that things happen fast. A typical recreational propeller can travel from head to toe on a person in the water in less than one tenth of a second. Propeller guards add an important margin of safety for boats operated around children, sailors, and swimmers.


My first regatta in 2013 was run perfectly – Part 1

July 8th, 2013

By Glenn McCarthy ISAF and US Sailing created certification programs for Race Management. These documents and training modules are modeled to design racing and train Race Management personnel so that they can run races at the 300 person, once every four year regatta called the Olympic Games. They want all Race Management worldwide to run


Captain John’s Tips: The “Rule of 36”

July 1st, 2013

No sailing navigation tool tops a great magnetic compass for simplicity and reliability–without the hassle of power or batteries. But you need to be aware of one secret rule that can cause any compass to go haywire! If you are anything like me, it’s easy to forget about the metal and electronics that may surround


EDUCATION: Open Class(room)

June 20th, 2013

By Joe Cooper, WindCheck The scene: A lovely Sunday afternoon on our favorite body of water…steering our boat upwind. The sails are trimmed just so, the boat is at about 12-15 degrees of heel, feels great and you know it is going “fast” without looking at the TV on the binnacle. Quick question: How many


COMMUNICATION: We Talk To Ourselves

June 20th, 2013

By Glenn McCarthy Just like the mentally challenged guy standing on the street corner talking to himself, we in the sport of sailing talk to ourselves. Most event hosts don’t bother with press releases, write stories or even get the results on a website, or with great delay getting them up on the website or


SPONSORSHIP: Admit It, You Are Lost

June 13th, 2013

By David Fuller, Pilote Media American sport has a strange relationship with sponsorship. On the one hand, large stadiums are named after big brands and sports like NASCAR are emblazoned with corporate logos. On the other hand, shirt sponsorships are uncommon and many people in the sailing world think sponsorship is a dirty word. As

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