MC38 One Design

The genesis of the MC38 One-Design, said its designer Harry Dunning, was to provide a pure raceboat for owners coming from the Farr 40 or Melges 32 classes. The design brief was therefore simple: leave out all the unnecessary interior extras (head, galley, berths, etc.) and put in all the latest go-fast technology. The result is one impressive, low-slung, one-design machine.

To build the boat, Dunning partnered with sail, of Australia. He then enlisted the help of friends and colleagues from his America’s Cup Rolodex to ensure the engineering was done right–and light–and that its systems were properly integrated into the boat. The hull, as we’d expect of a 7,040-pound 38-footer, is a carbon/E-glass, and CoreCell composite, and the deck is resin-infused Vinylester. The custom-quality build McConaghy is known for was visible in the clear-coated interior. “It’s cleanly built, with nice finish work, inside and on deck,” said Rich.
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Prestigious race billed as a glory of California’s summer has faced death, disaster and a boycott – and it hasn’t even started

A sailor dead, boats capsized, a competitor’s boycott and now an angry sponsor demanding a refund: it has not even started and already the America’s Cup is in trouble.

What was billed as a glory of California’s summer – 15 teams competing for sailing’s most prestigious prize in San Francisco Bay, generating $1.4bn in the process – has shrivelled into a bickering rump of just four teams.
The preliminary Louis Vuitton Cup, in which challengers vie for the right to take on the America’s Cup champion, officially started last week, yet such is the chaos there has yet to be a single proper race, prompting talk of fiasco.
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Artemis Racing debuted their second AC72 on Monday, two and a half months after their first yacht capsized and crewman Andrew Simpson perished.

Artemis Racing held a private team gathering this morning at its base in Alameda to christen the team’s second AC72.

Syndicate founder Torbjörn Törnqvist attended the early morning ceremony along with 300 members of Artemis Racing, including family and friends. The team’s new yacht, christened Artemis Racing, looked sharp with its navy blue hulls.

The team’s Swedish roots are recognized with the Swedish flag painted on the sterns and three crowns on the bows. The tres kronors is a national emblem of Sweden.
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Every junior sailing program is a little different, but common goals, standard safety protocols, and the right instructors will help turn youth sailors into sailors for life.

First of sailing experience, It was a thrilling moment, and I recall being deathly afraid of capsizing, but an instructor in a small powerboat reassured me that I’d be OK. “You’re doing well,” she yelled over to me. “Watch where you’re heading.”

She was right of course. I was OK, and her calm encouragement, and that of many other instructors to follow, gave me a level of confidence I wouldn’t have found had I learned to sail alone. When I reflect on this experience today, I have a far greater appreciation for the monumental task required to ease a young sailor through his or her formative years. Experience and anecdotal evidence suggest that junior sailing “done right” will create a sailor for life, and our experience also reminds us how important our sailing programs are to the sport’s longevity.
In January, US Sailing hosted its 30th National Sailing Program Symposium, with a record-setting 275 attendees from across the United States. The mission of the symposium, of course, is to provide an environment in which sailing programs can collect and share information.
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When you’re first to the weather mark, life is easy. The traffic is usually light, and you have complete control of your exit angle. Clean air and undisturbed water are abundant. When you’re in the middle of the fleet or rounding in a tight pack, however, immediately claiming a high passing lane is the best, and sometimes only, way to spring yourself from the group.

Your first order of business as you reach the top of the beat is to determine the “mode” you want to be sailing when you start the run: “displacement mode,” where the crewweight is forward and the trimmer and driver are fighting for a low angle, or “planing mode,” where crewweight will immediately shift aft, and the trimmer and driver will work to keep the bow out of the water and the boat on a plane using a combination of waves and breeze. If marginal planing conditions are present, the tactician or driver needs to make this mode call before reaching the windward mark.

The high passing lane is most effective when consistent planing conditions are present, so if it’s obvious you’ll be planing as you start the run, keeping your bow free of other boats on the offset leg is essential. Whatever you do, do not put your bow to leeward of a boat ahead. Getting caught low after the rounding will result in you battling for clean air, in which case you’ll be forced to either join the parade or jibe away.
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