In this Issue: March 2012

Banque Populaire's round-the-world record blitz, and exclusive interviews with James Spithill and Betsy Alison.
Sailing World

March 2012

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Day of Reckoning
Off the coast of Western Australia, a trio of Laser Olympic hopefuls experience the cutthroat battle for a single berth on the U.S. Sailing Team, proving just how much of a difference one day can make.
By Stuart Streuli

The Knockout Artist
As a youth, James “Jimmy” Spithill honed his fighting instinct in the ring, acquiring the subtle skills that will carry over to his upcoming America’s Cup heavyweight bout.
Interview By Stuart Streuli


The Trailblazer
Hall of Famer Betsy Alison bridged competitive sailing’s gender divide for decades, leading women’s sailing to higher ground, where the view today is better, but could still use some improvement.
Interview By Dave Reed, Photos by Allen Clark

Tech Review
New Boats
C&C Yachts gets back to its club-racing roots with the C&C 101. In the Northwest, an amateur builder hopes to hit a bullseye with the new Left Coast Dart.

Looking for a more innovative way to keep track of your headings?
North U.’s Tactician App puts the power of digital note taking into your hands.


From the Experts
Winner’s Debrief
Jonathan McKee dissects the deciding race of the 2011 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup, extracting a lesson on keeping cool and staying focused.

Dick Rose explores the nuances of giving mark room at the leeward mark.

**Columns **
Editor’s Letter
Sailors’ Forum
Starting Line
Jobson Report
For the Record
Gaining Bearing
Ask Dr. Crash