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On Sailboats with Dieter Loibner

TUI Marine charts a greener course

The world's largest charter company seeks a smaller footprint on destinations with fragile ecosystems

It's early November in Vienna, Austria, and the thermometer is hovering around 70 degrees - a record high for this time of the year. Sitting on the terrace in the sun, I'm browsing through a stash of old snapshots from family sailing vacations in Croatia way back when.



Laser's 'iron man' keeps winning races

Peter Seidenberg, 73, is shown at the 2009 Laser Masters World Championships in St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia."You know you're getting old when kids call you 'Mister,' " says Peter Seidenberg, one of the world's top Laser sailors in the Great Grand Master class, which is reserved for competitors age 65 and older. He's perfectly aware that this salute is meant to be polite, but youngsters (like those under 60) don't realize they are doing him no favor with formality.



Don’t count out monohulls just yet

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



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.



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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