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• September, 2019

The stylish Tim Armstrong sailing a Moore El Toro.

In my humble opinion, and as the owner of an El Toro, the modern Moore El Toro is the finest 8-ft sailboat in the world, the Ferrari of prams! With a carbon mast that has an actual sail track with a halyard, side tanks like a 5O5, and a daggerboard so it goes the same on both tacks, the Toro is a 3-knot wonder. You can even self-rescue an El Toro after a capsize. Active in Northern California, Hawaii and elsewhere, the El Toro Class held its Hawaii State Championships (July 27), Bullship Race (July 28) and North American Championships (August 1-4) at the Kaneohe Yacht Club. A container with 17 El Toros from Mainland competitors is landing in Hawaii today [July 22]. Both adults and juniors race. Tom Burden Shaman, Cal 40 #66, El Toros #11627, #11477, #8467 Richmond ⇑⇓ THE SABOT-SAVVY SAVANTS My favorite 8-ft boats are Sabots, hands down. Kyle Vanderspek San Diego My mom used to beat my ass for being gone all day in my Sabot that my dad built for me. Newport Bay is big when you're 8 years old. @1blniblack Hollywood

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Latitude 38 Sept 2019  

The September 2019 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 Sept 2019  

The September 2019 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.