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It’s been half a year since Mark Morley and Suzanne Bickel died aboard the Kiwi 35 Wingnuts, which flipped over during Chicago Yacht Club’s Race To Mackinac. We’ve seen conflicting official reports on what really happened, and we’ve seen US Sailing’s recommendations, and last week, CYC issued rules that will prevent boats with a modified Stability Index of less than 103 from racing the world’s premier freshwater distance race. The pitchforks were sharpened and the torches lit when news emerged that the cutoff excluded proven offshore boats like the J/30, so we grabbed the race’s Chief Measurer, Ron White, during last weekend’s Strictly Sail show, to discuss the real effect of the new rule on the fleet and the future of the race.

Be sure to check out Wednesday’s Front Page for the full report from Strictly Sail, including new product videos from Karver, Robichaud, and Colligo Marine, and interviews with more than a dozen movers and shakers in the sailing industry. And a few college girls…