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On Sailboats with Dieter Loibner

Cat tales and the magic of ‘Made in the USA’

The Alpha 42 cruising catamaran is being built in Patchogue, N.Y.Whenever I chat with Gregor Tarjan, I’m caught in a time warp: I’m back in my formative years in Vienna, Austria. I moved to the world’s waltzing capital from the Alpine valleys to attend university half a lifetime ago, but he was born and raised there.



Paralympians prove more enabled than disabled

Jen French won a silver medal with Jean-Paul Creignou in the SKUD 18 Class at the Paralympic Games last year, then followed that up with Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year honors.A highly expectant sailing audience could have considered 2012 a bit of a downer. The 14 nominees for the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards combined for five world championships and as many podium finishes, but one fact overshadowed it all: U.S. sailors failed to medal at the Olympic Games for the first time since 1936.



The win-win of kids learning about boats

Students in the Herreshoff Institute's After-School Boat Shop Program prep a boat for varnish. A couple of summers ago, as I paddled my kayak through the narrow passage at the entrance of Fisherman’s Bay on Lopez Island, Wash., I came up on a dated but nicely kept El Toro dinghy skippered by a bear of a man.

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Classics make converts with looks, performance

From California to the Cote d'Azur via Canada, Aloha still dazzles at age 90.We interrupt our regular programming for breaking news: Canada invades France! R-boats conquer new territory!

Peaceful, laid-back Canada sends an expedition corps to the Cote d’Azur to tease the French at their own game of sailing pretty old boats? Mon Dieu! What’s up with that?



Rescuing the sailor and saving the boat

Derk Wolmuth at the helm of Bela Bartok during the San Francisco Bay start of the Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht RaceI was livid. Stranded on I-5 with a flat, I had to call for a tow because I was missing a critical part. It wasn’t just the delay but the embarrassment of asking someone to bail me out.



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