We have a new feature in which we are asking prominent sailors to name their favorite boat of all time. It can be a boat (or class) they sailed, designed, built sails for, got beat by or simply admired. They are naming the boat and sharing why this particular boat or class is their favorite. We are starting off tonight with San Diego god mark Reynolds and have Bruce Nelson, Bruce Farr, Butch Ulmer and Dave Ullman up next. Since this is the smartest sailing community on the planet, we want you guys to tell us who you’d like to hear from. Send it in – this will be great! From Reynolds:
I’ve enjoyed every boat that I have sailed in one way or another. The Laser and Farr 40 (as tactician) were great for the pure tactics involved. Windsurfing is probably the most pure sailing fun I’ve had. I haven’t sailed an A Class Cat or foiling Moth yet. I really like to tinker with the boat off the water and Snipe, FD, Star and Sabot all allow a fair amount of latitude in that area so my favorite boat has to include an opportunity to tweak it. I built a Sabot and FD mostly on my own and worked with builders and finished most of the other boats I’ve bought. For me that has always be a great part of the sport. The Star would be my favorite boat. It’s a great tactical boat and a boat that can be optimized in the garage at night to improve handling and performance and further advance the class. It’s a boat that sails very nicely in light winds because of the huge main which also makes it a challenge to sail in strong winds. It has allowed me to sail against such a wide array of sailors usually coming from so many other different classes from around the world. A combination hard to match!