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Morris unveils

shoal draft sailer

In response to comments and requests from sailors in shoal water sailing grounds such as the Chesapeake Bay, Florida’s west coast and Cape Cod, Morris Yachts asked naval architects at Sparkman & Stephens to study the feasibility of offering the M36 Daysailer with a “Super Shoal” draft keel option.

S&S analysis determined that a bulbed keel that draws 4 feet, 6 inches with a ballast weight of 4,400 pounds would retain the M36’s upwind performance without having to resort to the complications, vulnerability and expense of a movable foil such as a centerboard, daggerboard, or lifting keel, according to the company.

A new shallower rudder design has also been completed to complement the new Super Shoal draft underbody.

The M36 is also available with a 6-foot, 6-inch and 5-foot, 3-inch draft.


Mount Gay Speaker

Series expanded

US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, announced it would expand its Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series to 18 events in the 2006 season. In addition to title sponsor Mount Gay Rum, Sperry Top-Sider and Sunsail have also become official sponsors of the program.

US Sailing’s Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series was first created in 2005 as a grass-roots educational series delivering seminars to sailors nationwide.

The series proved very successful in its first year with more than 1,500 sailors attending 10 events. Details are currently being finalized to bring the series to 18 different sailing organizations around the country. Events will be scheduled between January and April.


US Sailing-Vanguard

partnership extended

US Sailing and Vanguard Sailboats announced they have extended and expanded their partnership, which the two Rhode Island-based sailing organizations began nearly two decades ago.

The new partnership agreement runs through 2009 and includes a wide range of support, from the U.S. Championships and U.S. Sailing Teams to an ongoing commitment to help grow youth sailing at all levels.