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safe bet?

If it is a discipline that combines many values, it is that of sailing in the Mini class. This class of sailboats, the first level of offshore racing, was created in 1977 by an Englishman, Bob Salmon, who understood that the arms race and gigantism would threaten a discipline that would no longer be within the reach of everybody. This class was then structured in France thanks to a dynamic association and it now shines in Europe and timidly across the Atlantic. It has allowed the "hatching" of many offshore racing talent today and has also been an incubator of innovation....

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the same, only different

For be it from us to overly criticize a somewhat unknown designer (Harry Miesbauer) and his latest design that is soon to be launched. But we are wondering why every new racer/cruiser has to look just like the latest racer/cruiser. We know this is the trendy look, but who will be the first to deviate from this look in a meaningful way? We think we'll be waiting for a while......

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do you have to pay as well?

Looking for a filmmaker that understands and loves sailing. Looking for a writer/director with own equipment to sail across the Atlantic. Must understand storyline, character development, and music integration. This is a unique journey on an outremer 4X 48 ft cat. please send a link to work. Starts shooting Dec or Jan in France. Craigslist....

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slow and fast

Tommy Gonzalez and his team at Fast Forward Composites have gone slowly and carefully with their Eagle Class 53 project, recognising that previous attempts by others to leap towards the promise of foiling large multihulls have had unsuccessful and even dangerous outcomes. As he says, it took years of efforts at the America’s Cup to apply the focus on research, design and testing to start to get it right at that level, and without those resources then understanding the nuances of control in this design space dictates a more measured and methodical approach strategy to understand foiled flight to get...

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burial boat

For many years my wonderful, beautiful Dutch wife (no, I’m not a newbie and won’t) has been understanding and patient with my passion for increasing wet, spartan, deep-draft go-fast racy boats, and I am now considering something smaller, cosy and comfy, and sensible for weekends away.  It needs to look the part but also fit the bill for the occasional Dutch/UK shorthanded coastal and offshore race, in both ORC and IRC.  Think of the first VW GTI, which I had the pleasure to own, way back in the last century. In Holland this is also referred to as the ‘burial boat’, in...

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pay paradise

Faced with nearly US$310m of maintenance and capital improvement costs at some 16 small boat harbours around the state, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DLNR) is imposing fee hikes on November 1 that could, in some instances, double a boater’s mooring fee. Read on....

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ugly

The boat builder behind some of the Sydney to Hobart's most memorable finishes has been rocked by accusations of sabotaged relationships and shoddy craftsmanship in a director feud that spilled into the Federal Court. Acrimonious infighting erupted at McConaghy Boats - whose website describes it as the iconic race's "most successful builder" behind yachts such as Wild Oats XI, Alfa Romeo and Loki - after it was sold to a Cayman Islands-based company, MC². Emails revealed in court proceedings that have since been dismissed by consent show the one of the directors of MC², Graham Porter, describing another, Jonathan Morris,...

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