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On Sailboats with Dieter Loibner

Don’t count out monohulls just yet

08_onsailboatsRussian-born designer and an American skipper have a speedy prototype planned; need an investor

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US Sailing changes the game on training, funding

loibner_dieterIn case you haven't noticed, US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, is gearing up for prime time. This preparation is a quadrennial ritual leading up to the Olympics, when sailing gets noticed by the mainstream and only medals count. To that end, US Sailing is tasked to develop and select athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in 2012 who can match high expectations that were set in the past when U.S. sailors were Olympic medal machines that produced 21 out of 24 possible podium finishes between 1984 and 1992.

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Muscle power and wind are all you need


Small boats built at Gig Harbor Boat Works are a throwback to another era - and maybe one to come.

Dave Robertson reaching across the bay of Gig Harbor in his 17-foot Jersey Skiff.I was at Gig Harbor, Wash., on southern Puget Sound about to try one of the rowing/sailing skiffs built in the Pacific Northwest. To someone who's been prejudiced against rowing as "sitting down and going backward as fast as you can," it was a big leap of faith.

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Race offers experience for sale

For this young sailor, paying to crew around the world seemed like the best way to learn

Elisa Jenkins is pursuing her around-the-world dream aboard Cape Breton Island during the Clipper Round the World Race. I wanted to sell a book. That's all. I had some hopes, because the svelte young lady looked like she'd spring for a copy of my new book "Sustainable Sailing." Then again, you never know. So I asked what kind of sailing she does.

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Lightning-fast way to groom new sailors

Generous boat grants plus a mentor help the class hook and keep new recruits

In 2010, 17 young sailors applied for a free Lightning.Participation in the sport of sailing has declined during the last few decades and the recent recession hasn't helped reverse this trend. So the challenge facing the industry is to restore a growth pattern by attracting young people to the sport and, more importantly, keeping them interested.

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