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A few high-profile tragedies and a US-based America’s Cup has helped inspire a noticeable increase in sailing stories making it to the US mainstream media (see the Inc. story below, e.g.).  While the windfall of exposure may only last as long as the AC, promoters of the sport will take what we can get.  SA is world’s most widely read sailing website, but we count our daily views in the tens of thousands; the New York Times gets around 2 million.  Get sailing in front of 2 million mostly non-sailors every few weeks, and the result is predictable; new sales, new club members, and new blood into a sport that sorely needs it.

So even though Paige already gave us a great interview with the crew of Dorade on their historic Transpac win, we encourage you to take another look at their victory from today’s print version of the NYT.  Big thanks to one of the sport’s most important and interesting scribes (and ultra-quick bowmen), Chris Museler.  Below is an excerpt- read the full story here.  Double photo credit is part 1938 archive and part from Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing.

It took a thousand or so miles of sailing with the long, powerful waves of the Pacific Ocean for Hannah Jenner, a rising star in ocean racing, to get comfortable in this year’s Transpacific Yacht Race. Jenner, a 31-year-old from Britain, is used to racing ultralight 40-footers across oceans. But in the Transpac this month Jenner was sailing Dorade, a 52-foot wooden sailboat from 1930 that is trimmed in varnished mahogany and adorned with polished bronze hardware.

“When I first was asked, I said: ‘Really? How old is this boat? Isn’t it going to break?,’ ” Jenner said. “I’m used to boats that become more stable the faster they go. This boat rolls like crazy. It’s like learning all over again.”  Read on.

July 26th, 2013

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