SIGHTINGS xl — cont’d Mureadritta XL now lies at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean after a whale hit the boat 400 miles northeast of Hawaii when they were on the way home from the Pacific Cup last summer. When the whale struck, the Barrans were already well into the process of commissioning a new, more family-friendly boat. The original plan was to use parts from Mureadritta XL on the new boat to save money. There was even talk of sawing the deck off the old boat to use on the new one. In an instant, that plan changed dramatically. “Once we realized we were starting from scratch, we redesigned the chainplates, eliminated the running backstays, and decided to go with a carbon deck,” Antony explained. “In the end, I think we’ll end up with a much more modern and better boat. But I’m still disappointed with the way we lost the old boat, and I hope never to go through that again.” The new boat, bearing the name XL and sporting the same sail number as its sunken predecessor, is expected to launch in May. continued on outside column of next sightings page
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Rick Wesslund, above, has been tearing up the Caribbean this winter aboard his J/120 ‘El Ocaso’, most recently winning his fleet in the St. Martin Heineken Regatta. He’s doing so well, he has decided to stay on the East Coast for the summer.
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ac If you don’t believe that America’s Cup Management — the business created to oversee all things AC for the 32nd race for the Auld Mug — is a for-profit company, allow us produce our first piece of evidence: Television Rightsholder Programme Schedules. In mid-March, ACM released the 21page document, which breaks down the approved TV coverage schedule, including time, length of programming, and channel for each of 18 countries that will broadcast racing. If travel plans will take you overseas between now and July, and you absolutely must watch the dial-ups and mid-race
The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.