PHOTO PATRICE NELSON
Kite* We’ll let David Nelson and his Antrim 27, Kite, of Ontario, Canada, tell you the story! “Lake of the Woods International Sailing Association’s 48th annual LOWISA Regatta, held this past August, hosted 48 boats and crews for a week of point-to-point racing on Lake of the Woods. The lake spans the U.S.-Canada border east of Lake Superior and is a maze of 65,000 miles of shoreline and 14,600 islands. Each day we sailed a separate race, approximately 20 miles long. To solve the maze, we needed a really versatile sail inventory, as conditions and headings change very quickly. Our 4-year-old carbon mainsail from Pineapple Sails is still going strong and their asymmetric spinnakers are so versatile, we carried only two: a big A2 and a smaller, flatter A3. The A3 is a true weapon in light air close reaching. Additionally, we were amazed at how deep we could carry this efficient little sail in the light air. When winds get up over 20 knots we use the A3 as well. We believe that when conditions allow us to sail with the A3…we win!” No matter where you sail, or plan to sail, Pineapple Sails can build you the right sails and build them right here in sunny Alameda.
LOWISA Regatta Course
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The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.