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April 2008

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March 18, 2008
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FEATURES

Special Report: Up to the Challenge
Avid racers are sticking to an old tradition to rebuild the once-vibrant scene on the Gulf Coast.
by Troy Gilbert

Putting the Pieces into Place
One program’s assault on the PHRF National Championship at Acura Key West Race Week serves as proof that preparation is the name of the game. Plus, profiles of Race Week’s top teams.
by Dave Reed with Herb mCCormick

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Gilmour’s Raging Monsoon
To turn a fledgling match-race event into an international sailing circus, Peter Gilmour needed only a stretch of water, an untapped waterfront, and a few grandstands.
by Herb McCormick

TECH REVIEW

Equipment
Lost that helming feeling? Time to get it back with a steering system tune-up.

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Boat Review
The Grand Soleil 40 is disguised by its European flair, but with sails up its true identity is revealed.

Tech News
Tuning your rig just go a lot more accurate with Harken’s digital RigTune Pro.

FROM THE EXPERTS

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Boatspeed
Racers talk targets, but few understand how best to use them. Stan Honey brings us up to speed.

Strategy
While the war rages on the racecourse, the battle plays out in our psyche. Stuart Walker explains.

Rules
Dick Rose has a few remedies for preventing your fleet’s bumper-boat syndrome

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GRAND PRIX

At the Mercy of the Fleet
What’s a teak-laden, canting keel 80-foot Wally to do in Key West when it lines up against the latest high-tech machines? Our man Peter Isler knows.

Launches
Bostik, Finot-Conq 52

COLUMNS

Editor’s Letter
Sailors’ Forum
Starting Line
Jobson Report
For the Record
Finish Line
Contributors
Ask Dr. Crash

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