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New skipper takes the helmof Sail America

The Sail America Board of Directors appointed Scott H. Evans as executive director of the sailing industry trade association, effective Aug. 1. Evans assumes the post vacated by Scot West, and brings an impressive management background to Sail America, including a decorated 26-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard.

According to Sail America president Bill Bolin, the final selection of Evans was based on the candidate’s “tremendous work ethic, hands-on approach, dynamic team building skills and vast knowledge of both private and public sector interests.”

Evans is a senior military officer whose core expertise encompasses operations, personnel management, law enforcement and homeland security, strategic alliances, leadership development, aviation and training.

Of special interest, he served three years as chief of the Office of Recreational Boating Safety, and worked directly with Congress, federal agencies, states and U.S. territories, along with boat and equipment manufacturers and more than 300 boating organizations throughout the country. Prior to his retirement, he served as director of the Coast Guard Operations Policy Directorate.

Nautor’s Swan has

new one-design class

Two of the most famous names in sailing, Nautor’s Swan and the New York Yacht Club, announced a partnership for a new international one-design racing class. The result is a 42-foot racing yacht that is tailor-made for one-design racing, can perform well under IRC and can be comfortably cruised offshore.

NYYC Commodore George R. Hinman Jr. and Leonardo Ferragamo, president of Nautor’s Swan, made the announcement in July at the Rolex Swan American Regatta in Newport, R.I. The two parties have joined forces in a rare partnership — a yacht manufacturer and yacht club working together to create a worldwide one-design racing class that will be founded around a light and fast yacht.

“This is the right yacht at the right time for our club members and, it is hoped, for other clubs around the world.” Hinman said. “We needed a first-class one-design yacht with strict limitations on equipment and sail inventory to avoid the ‘arms race’ of owners trying to outdo each other. Essentially, the way it comes from the factory with standard equipment is the way it will be sailed. Now we can all sail on a level playing field, ensuring close and exciting competition.”

Designed by the Frers design team in collaboration with Nautor’s Swan, to specifications developed by the NYYC, the new boat will be competitive at international sailing regattas within open divisions including IRC, and will also provide owners with a comfortable cruising experience for which Swans are renowned, according to organizers.

The class rules will be developed by the NYYC, which will also be initially responsible for administering the class and promoting and running class events.

British yachtsman, politician Edward Heath dies

Former British Prime Minister and yachtsman Edward Heath died at the age of 89 at his Salisbury, England, home on July 17.

The former British Prime Minister (1970-’74) was one of Britain’s best sailing ambassadors. He raced yachts in Sydney to Hobarts, Admiral’s Cups and Fastnets. He reportedly retired from sailracing after the infamous 1979 race.

Heath is credited with the now famous (and slightly altered) analogy: “Ocean racing is like standing under a cold shower and tearing up £5 notes.”