— THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS events that goes bang-bang-bang," Shampain said. "As long as you stick to the sequence, everything goes pretty smoothly." According to Fuller, they didn't do anything to make the boat easier to sail, with their only concession to boathandling being a huge set of ears on the tiller. "The intention was to optimize speed, not make it easier to sail doublehanded," Fuller said. To that end they added bigger, asymmetrical, kites, a bowsprit and a squaretop main — Fuller said they weren't using most of the main the whole way down the Molokai Channel. "We took our 4A kite down to check halyard wear, took the drop a little too casually, shrimped it and poked a hole in it," Fuller said. "A squall came in from behind us and it was a melee trying to even get the kite back aboard at that point. We didn't repair it. We just put the 2A up. Only God was going to take that sail down. . . It was pretty wild in the channel." Fuller — who's been sailing this race
since the early 80s on everything from one-tonnners to sleds — said this was his last doublehanded effort but a good one to go out on, having finished second in the doublehanded subdivision to Pega-
Three generations of Bartons: Rob, Ted and Bob took second in Div. 3 on 'Cipango.'
sus. "We didn't know each other at all before the last one, but we've obviously gotten to know each other well since," Fuller said. "The benefit for me is that
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The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.