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— GO BIG OR GO HOME

Still looking — Left, 'Pyewacket' gets our vote for the Joan Rivers Award. Everthing forward of and including the 145-ft mast is new, as are the 8-ft wings that extend from either side of the cockpit. They're perfect for stacking sails (legal under race rules) or laying out. Just make sure the canting keel works. At the other end of the spectrum, the 30-ft Olson 911SE 'Shanti', right, is the smallest entry. All photos 'latitude'/sutter except as noted.

entries (two!), while our Aussie mates and the British will each field one boat. Biggest — It's a big race for big boats; the average boat length is 51 feet. Of course, Pyewacket is the largest, with a 14-ft edge over the next largest, the Alan Andrews-designed Magnitude 80. Given all of Pye's changes for the race, it's going to take a lot for Mag80 to get between Disney and the Barn Door. Smallest — The aforementioned Olson 911SE Shanti is a mere 2.08 feet

shorter than the next smallest boat, the 32-ft Uncontrollable Urge. All we can say is better them than us! Multihulls — Multis are back again this year, though barely. When only two answered the call to enter the race, TPYC lowered the class minimum from four. But even then, it will be an apples and oranges division — a somewhat stripped out 60-ft tri (LoeReal) vs. a 52-ft cruising cat (Minnow). This explains their separaate start dates.

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Latitude 38 July 2007  

The July 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The July 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.