September 2007 Table of Contents

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FEATURES(Sportboat) Drivers WantedThe Laser SB3 is the rage of the European one-design keelboat scene, and naturally, we had to see for ourselves what al the hype was about.by Dave Reed, Photos by Richard LangdonWhere the Figawi?If you're not laughing from start to finish, you're missing the point of this early season New England regatta.by Herb McCormickOlympic Trials PreviewFor U.S. Olympic hopefuls, all campaigns lead to the one-shot Trials in October. We look inside the showdowns in the Star, Laser Radial, and Men's 470 classes.by Stuart StreuliTECH REVIEWNew Boats '08With the latest dual-purpose designs perfectly blending racing and cruising attributes, there's guaranteed to be a boat in this year's fleet for you.EquipmentFor the ultimate in mainsail trim and control, a rigid vang is essential hardware.Tech NewsDeckman upgrade; DIY bowsprit kit from Forte CompositesFROM THE EXPERTSTechniqueSilence may be golden, but dialogue is fast; Andrew Kerr gets your team talking.Winners DebriefLaser SB3 Skandia Cowes Week champ Glenn Bourke.TacticsBill Draheim has another Goldsmith nugget: Race the course instead of your competitors.RulesDick Rose examins the perils of a pin-end start.GRAND PRIXNo Longer the IdlerGeorge David is back with a bigger, faster ride.LaunchesIt's OK, Andrews 50COLUMNSEditor's LetterSailor's ForumStarting LineRecords and Rigs Fal During Fastnet Race, Youth Rules Knickerbocker Cup, The "Quiet Force" Prepares to Howl, Kostecki Leaves Ericsson, All in the Family for Transpac WinnersJobson ReportFor the RecordFinish LineContributorsAsk Dr. Crash