July 2007

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FEATURESProcess of EliminationFour teams were vying for one lucrative spot in the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals, and in the pressure cooker of Valencia, strengths and flaws were quickly revealed.by Stuart StreuliThe Future is HereDevelopment is rampant at sailing's highest levels and the trickle down is penetrating many elements of the sport. Whether it's flying on foils or trimming smart sails, there's one thing you can count on: there's more speed and better racing right around the corner.by the EditorsTECH REVIEWPerformance MakeoverOne owner turns his Beneteau 44.7 inside and out, and the trophies soon follow.Boat ReviewThe Sydney 36CR is a proven winner with much more to offer.Tech NewsSummit Yachts reveals its first production IRC racer, The King 40; New gear from Steiner, GlobalSat, and GarminFROM THE EXPERTSTechniqueRay Davies gives us the tools we need to make our next overnight race a winning one.Winner's DebriefMelges 24 champ Dave UllmanStrategyA little calculated thinking, says Dr. Dagley, can reap big rewards.RulesDick Rose gets us through a few high-traffic mark roundingsGRAND PRIXThe Falcon's WingsThe extraordinary sail plan of the 298-foot Maltese Falcon is a work of art and a marvel of modern engineering.LaunchesPrivateer, Cookson 50According ToRoyal Ocean Racing Club Commodore David AisherCOLUMNSEditor's LetterSailor's ForumStarting LineYouth in Charge in 2007 Transpac; Ellison, Dickson Wash Out of Cup Chase; Antique Skiffs Rally In Sydney; ISAF Worlds Combine PressureJobson ReportFor the RecordFinish LineContributorsAsk Dr. Crash