January 2008

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FEATURESBest Boats 2008There's good reason the Laser SB3 is the fasted growing one-design keelboat; our Boat of the Year judges named it best along with hot new designs from X-Yachts, Nautor's Swan, Sabre, and Performance Sailcraft Europe.by SW's BOTY Judges, Photos by Walter CooperUniquely QualifiedThe Olympic campaign trail is long and hard, but John Dane never imagined it would take 40 years to get to the big regatta.by Stuart StreuliKids' Play in Scow CountryA 17-foot speedy Scow meant to keep junior sailors on the water is working, but he adults are getting in on the fu, too.by Dave Powlison, Photos by JH PetersonTECH REVIEWUpgradeThe most efficient performance boost you can give your boat is a carbon-fiber mast.Safety gearNew personal digital transponders greatly improve man-overboard recovery.Tech NewsFuruno's new NavNet 3D revolutionizes navigational software. Plus, cool new electronics from Standard Horizon and XM weather radioFROM THE EXPERTSStrategyBelieve it or not, there is a better way to round the mark. Andy Horton shows us how.TechniqueJennifer Langille helps us weigh in--the healthy way.RulesDick Rose clears up the confusion of one memorable America's Cup match-racing move.GRAND PRIXThe Patriarch Serves His PassionLegendary Chicago-area sailor Tom Neill shares the sport with himself and his extended family.LaunchesValkyrie, Custom Swan 72COLUMNSEditor's LetterSailors' ForumStarting LineJobson ReportFor the RecordFinish LineContributorsAsk Dr. Crash