July/August 2008



Northern Exposure
Seattle's sleepy one-design scene awakens when the inaugural Sperry Top-Sider Seattle NOOD Regatta comes to town.
By Dave Reed, Photos by Neil Rabinowitz

2008 Olypmic Preview: Mind Games
Light winds and notorious currents: these are tangible challenges the young U. S. Sailing Team will face. How they handle the pressure of the Games, however, is highly unpredictable. Plus: The Official Guide to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams.

Smoke on the Water
This annual point-to-point regatta up the coast of Malaysia, known as the Raja Muda, is an altogether foreign experience.
By Herb McCormick

Tech Review

No more excuses. We've got five simple ways to simplify and improve your deck layout.

Boat Review
With the new Beneteau First 45 you can race hard today and cruise easy tomorrow.

Tech News
The latest optical offerings from Kaenon, Maui Jim, and Oakley will have you seeing the wind.

From the Experts

Light Air, heavy traffic: Tony Rey tells you how to outsmart the crowd on your next light-air run.

For the other extreme, Stuart Walker schools us on the essentials of getting upwind fast in heavy-air.

Collisions are inevitable, and Dick Rose takes us through the procedural protocols in times of damage or injury.

Grand Prix

Birth of a Maxi Mast
It's no small feat to build a 186-foot carbon-fiber mast.

Bella Mente, Reichel/Pugh 69


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