DE­SIGNER DAY­SAILER

Bill Springer meets for­mer Whit­bread round the World race team owner ge­orge collins on his new cus­tom day­sailer,

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At first glance, race day aboard Ge­orge Collins’s sleek new 62ft Chessierac­ing is pretty much what you would ex­pect to find aboard any high oc­tane rac­ing boat. His crew is pep­pered with pedi­gree pro sailors like North Sails’s Mike Toppa, who has nu­mer­ous Amer­ica’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Races, and world cham­pi­onship ti­tles to his name, high pro­file yacht de­sign­ers like Bill Tripp, whose dis­tinc­tive, mod­ern de­signs – in­clud­ing this one – are rais­ing the bar on su­pery­acht and sail­ing per­for­mance across the board; and a whole team of strong and ex­pe­ri­enced guys that know how to push a fast boat.

On deck, twin car­bon wheels and pow­er­ful winches punc­tu­ate the cock­pit. Car­bon sails and a tall car­bon mast pro­vide se­ri­ous sail power, while the ag­gres­sive, all car­bon hull is cov­ered with dis­tinc­tive metal­lic blue paint and an up­dated team logo that wouldn’t look out of place on an ul­tra-light­weight record break­ing race boat.

But you won’t find many stripped out race boats sport­ing teak decks, in-boom roller furl­ing, and stylish square port­lights. And as I found out dur­ing the New York Yacht Club Queen’s Cup re­gatta in New­port, Rhode Is­land last sum­mer, you won’t find many boat own­ers quite like Ge­orge Collins ei­ther.

The com­pet­i­tive Corinthian

Dur­ing his long, suc­cess­ful sail­ing ca­reer, 76-year-old Ge­orge Collins has owned many dif­fer­ent types of boat. But he has al­ways been a Corinthian sailor who sim­ply loved to cruise with his fam­ily and race with his bud­dies (and a few pros, he says).

Yet when he started to con­tem­plate re­tire­ment from in­vest­ment firm T. Rowe Price, where he was CEO, far from slow­ing down and tak­ing up more gen­teel pas­times, he be­came even more com­pet­i­tive at the

Above: This full-on car­bon day­sailer/drag racer is de­signed to be fast in oc­ca­sional dis­tance races yet easy to day­sail with a small crew

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