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Smoother sailing

The Newport show is known for the variety and number of its sailboats.This year's crop of sailboats aims to provide relief from all of the real world's nagging worries

From the tsunami in Japan and riots in Europe to extreme weather and a government debt downgrade in the United States, 2011 has been a difficult year.

It’s tempting to kvetch, worry and cry, but maybe it’s time to drop out and hoist sail. For those who choose the latter, there will be plenty to look at when the big boat shows roll out the red carpet this fall.

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What’s on deck

A listing of boat shows coming up this fall and in 2012

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$5 Lauderdale discount for Soundings readers

Soundings readers can get discounted admission to the Oct. 27-31 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show by using a special online promotional code.

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Beautiful Brutes

J Class yachts thrill Newport just as they did in their 1930s glory days

Photos by Jody Dole

We’re gathered in a small boat in Newport, R.I. — three photographers, Soundings editor Bill Sisson and I — for the J Class Regatta. It’s one of a series of international competitions organized by the J Class Association, representing owners of the legendary America’s Cup yachts that run to 140 feet and carry as much as 16,000 square feet of sail.

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Imagination spurs a restoration

Photos by Alison Langley.

Gordon Reed envisioned an elegant center console in a Glastron Crestflite that had been neglected for years  

A Rybovich and a Glastron have little in common, right? One is a diesel-powered battlewagon of a sportfishing boat. The other is a light and speedy outboard runabout used to zip around the bay or lake.

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