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Technique
2021 June 1 - 12:00 am

Proper trimming goes beyond getting the telltales to fly and sheeting until it stops luffing

If music is how we feel math, then sailing is how we live physics. And sail trim, like playing an instrument, is our touchpoint with the medium. In fact, apart from steering a sailboat, which is one o
On the Wind
2020 July 1 - 12:00 am
Memories of post-race parties run together, but one stands out, not just for the fun being had (fun was definitely had) but for the shocking dockside news that awaited the unknowing fleet. After thre
On the Wind
2019 March 1 - 12:00 am
Sailors usually have more stories than their nonsailing friends have the patience to hear. Surround a sailor with sailing friends and liquid refreshments and colorful and unforgettable tales will flow
On the Wind
2018 May 1 - 12:00 am
We’re sailboat shopping. Replacing one beloved family boat with another is a big change, so we’ve spent a lot of time pondering the ideal design. Our wishlist asks that it be:1. Large en
On the Wind
2018 March 1 - 12:00 am
A popular one-design dinghy class association recently announced that its rules committee had approved new class-legal digital compasses. I was curious to learn more about the breakthrough, wondering if the committee had finally given in to data. Cruisers and handicap racers find that data can simplify sailing: inexpensive computers tie routing to actual weather, a start can be precisely timed with clocks that account for speed and distance, and tactics can be determined based on actual fleet and global positioning. Instead, I learned that the committee had barely budged: Finally allowing its sailors to pick from two 20-year-old digital compass designs, in addition to the analog kind, but only “provided that the devices do not have the capacity for information other than heading.” 

Perry on Design

  • After 50 years and hundreds of designs, Bob Perry revisits one of his classics and redesigns it for the modern era

  • With a racer-cruiser pedigree, this performance cruiser will make speedy offshore passages

  • This elegant cruiser is meant for ocean sailing

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