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With the Olympics finally here, I’ve compiled a full list of all the Olympic Sailors from the United States going back 100 years in a Google spreadsheet.

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Nautical Charts from NOAA

June 27, 2012

When planning a sailing trip around any body of water , it’s important to have some sort of backup printed navigational charts in case any of your electronics become unusable. Some cost money, some are free. The following are free NOAA Nautical Charts (updated November 2011) that were graciously posted on XPDA.com by someone (like myself) [...]

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Sail into Summer

January 22, 2012

Sail into Summer!   »     A four-session “on-the-water” basic sailing course on a 26’ sailboat »     An opportunity for full membership in Sail Chicago($200) »     This is a limited time opportunity, register today to reserve your space! »     You can upgrade to full membership at any time for an additional $200. Visit sailchicago.org to find out more!

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Shields Nationals

January 6, 2012

Hellcat rounds the leeward mark. Seawanhaka Corinthian YC and Oakcliff Sailing Center Oyster Bay, New York September 21-24, 2011

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Strictly Sail 2010

December 30, 2011
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Strictly Sail Chicago 2012

December 24, 2011

Strictly Sail Chicago Show held annually at Navy Pier in Chicago is the sailing event of the year with boats tours,  gear demos,  interactive seminars and of course the remote control sailing pond. Dates Thursday, January 26th to  Sunday, January 29th Hours 11am–8pm Thursday & Friday, 10am–7pm Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday Location Navy Pier, Festival Hall A&B, 600 East [...]

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Rigging Inspection Checklist

October 19, 2011

Rigging Checklist Are chainplates aligned with the turnbuckles, stays, and shrouds? Are there any signs of leaking around chainplates? Are terminal fittings (swage fittings, Sta-Lok, Norseman, etc.) free of cracks, bends, and rust? Are turnbuckles sufficiently lubricated so that they turn freely? Are turnbuckle barrels secured to the threads, either with rings, cotter pins, or [...]

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Mast Crutch Sytem

October 18, 2011

Like many sailors, I’m always looking for new design ideas and tips for my boat (Catalina 30 ). I’ve learned a ton  from the owner of  Northern Light who has posted online a plethora of modifications which have been invaluable to me as a novice C30 owner. As part of safety and maintenance of my [...]

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Splicing Line in Three Easy Steps!

June 14, 2011

I wanted to splice line for my travelers…lets see if it can be done. Thank you youtube! Part #1   Part #2   Part #3

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Catalina 30 used for prototype of Schock 40?

June 14, 2011

An interesting article from 2003 on 10 questions with  sailing architect Matt Brown where they discuss the development of the Schock 40 and that he had used a Catalina 30 as a prototype. Sailing Anarchy – How involved were you with the Schock 40, and how did you guys convince Tom to build something so [...]

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