Teaching an old dog new tricks:
by Chris Museler
Bill Lee’s groundbreaking 70 footer Merlin was designed to surf. In 1977, from Los Angeles to Diamond Head, Hawaii, that’s what she did, setting a Transpac Race record that held for more than 20 years.
Merlin has now moved east and June 15 will be on the start line for the Newport Bermuda Race. But there’s a problem: the 635nm stretch of water between the City by the Sea and that island in the Atlantic historically produces reaching and upwind points of sail.
How will this downwind flyer that defined a breed of modern Ultra-Light Displacement Boats be optimized for conditions it was never designed to tackle?
“Before, the sail in…
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Like real sailing, just smaller:
by Dave Reed, Sailing World
The racing season is short enough as it is in Chicago, especially those years when the spring thaw is agonizingly glacial and the fall cold snap comes too soon.
It used to be that things got pretty quiet around the Chicago YC in the offseason, but with the introduction of the DragonForce 65 last year, Lake Michigan locals are no longer forced sit at home and watch their once-great gridiron Bears stumble through another losing season.