New Doublehander from Zim

Zim 15The latest model from Zim Sailing in Warren, RI, the Zim 15 was created to keep young sailors engaged in the sport after collegiate racing. Designed by Steve Clark, the Zim 15 has a rig by Southern Spars with mast bend characteristics that enable a large upwind sail plan (a 114-square foot main and 39-square foot jib by North Sails) that also provides good downwind performance without a spinnaker or gennaker.

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45th Annual United States Sailboat Show

October 9 - 13 at City Dock, Annapolis, MD

Annapolis Boat Shows October 2014The nation’s oldest and largest in-water boat show is where many new sailboats make their international debut. Among the hundreds of sailboats of all sizes and types on display, the popular Multihull Lagoon is a unique opportunity to peruse the largest multihull collection in the world – 45 cats and tris strong and growing.

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Newport For New Products Award Winners

Gunboat 55One of the highlights of the Newport International Boat Show in Newport, RI is the presentation of the Newport For New Products™ awards. The program is presented by the Newport Exhibition Group in partnership with Cruising World, Sailing World and Yachting magazines, with entries open to all domestic and foreign boats and boating products launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2014 that made their boat show debut in Newport.

 

Gunboat 55 was awarded Best New Sailboat 30' and over
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The 2014 Boat Shows are Here!

44th Annual Newport International Boat Show    

September 11 - 14 at the Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI

Sept14_web2_page20_image1.jpgThe fall show season kicks off with the 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show, one of the largest in-water boat shows in the country. This show encompasses 13 acres of Newport, Rhode Island, with powerboats and sailboats from 16 to 85 feet on display. On shore, you’ll find an array of marine products and services to enhance the boating lifestyle. Dealers and manufacturers will be on hand to provide valuable information and answers to all your questions.

The 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show is September 11 - 14 in Newport, RI.   © Onne Van der Wal/vanderwal.com
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Tiwal 3.2: Fast, Inflatable Fun

August_2014_Web_page16_image3.jpgThe winner of the Best Innovation category in Sailing World’s 2014 Boat of the Year awards, the Tiwal 3.2 is the world’s first high performance sailing dinghy. Designed for sailors who want a fun-to-sail boat without the hassles of trailering, cartopping, maintenance and storage, the 10.5-foot (3.2 meters), 111-pound boat can be inflated, rigged and launched in under 20 minutes, and stores neatly in two bags.

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New at Dream Yacht Charter School

dream_sailing_school.jpgDream Yacht Charter and Yachting Education in Annapolis, MD have launched the only catamaran sailing school in the U.S. with international chartering accreditation. Aboard a 41-foot Lipari catamaran with the guidance of experienced, certified instructors, students will master essential skills including maneuvering in tight quarters, docking a large sailing vessel, dropping and picking up anchors and mooring balls, setting sails and navigating a large vessel with complete control, communicating with a crew like a professional and more. Graduates will obtain certification to bareboat charter and sail a yacht anywhere in the world.

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Weather Gear

A guide for all sailors and conditions

By Campbell Woods @ Landfall

gear_wet_shot_photoboat.jpgSailing clothing and equipment uses some of the most advanced fabric and technology of any apparel in the world. Driven by extreme conditions and demands placed on this gear by sailing athletes, sailing gear must work in highly variable, and sometimes extremely harsh, environments.

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An enormous range of temperatures and the constant presence of water from both spray and weather make building clothing for this sport extremely challenging. Many of the world’s most popular brands in outerwear use the sport of sailing to cut their teeth on the newest and best products. Indeed, a climb to the top of Mount Everest will not present you with the same diversity of challenges as sailing around the world. This article will help you to understand the latest in marine fabric technology and what it does for you. We will also examine some of the labeling systems used by popular brands such as Gill, Musto, Zhik, etc.

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New App for Boat Owners

Intelligent Maintenance LLC has launched a new app for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini. Designed by the team of sailors and powerboaters that developed the popular ‘What’s on my Boat’ app, My Boat™ allows users to track a boat’s inventory of onboard equipment, spare parts, filters and fluids with the location of each item, maintain a service history with reminders for upcoming maintenance, and keep an eye on running costs.

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The Truth About Cold Weather Sailing Gear

By Pepe Bettini, Head Optimist Coach, LISOT

Having the right sailing gear is a very big part of success on the racecourse. And the basic rule of thumb is simple: if you’re cold you will not perform well. And that’s a fact! Skiffs and catamarans such as 29ers, 49ers, NACRAs and F-18s, as well as dinghies such as Optis, 420s, 470s and Lasers, are all boats in which the sailors sit very close to the water, throwing off considerable spray for both skipper and crew – and capsize is always a possibility. Skiffs and cats are also very fast, producing that much more spray

Having the right gear for cold weather racing can mean the difference between standing on the podium and shivering in the RC boat. The author (helm) and his crew, fellow Argentinian Fernando Gwozdz, tied for first place in the 2012 29er Worlds (they lost the tiebreaker and were awarded the silver medal).

 

 

 

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Lighten Up for Speed and Strength

By Eric Magnusson

Harken 29mm Soft-Attach T2 block

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Ever since sailors began competing, they have sought to reduce weight on deck and aloft. Smarter sailors are eliminating metal shackles, replacing them with lashings, soft shackles and splices that allow them to sail lighter with increased safety margins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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