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James Boyd, of Eng­land, is a long­time sail­ing scribe who’s made the switch from free­lance jour­nal­ist to “con­tent gen­er­a­tor” with Sail­ing In­tel­li­gence, pro­duc­ing for many of to­day’s grand-prix cir­cuits, in­clud­ing the GC32S, the RC44S and maxis. With vast con­nec­tions, Boyd has his fin­ger pressed firmly to the pulse of the Euro­pean yacht­ing scene, where the Fast40+ Rán VII is a high-pro­file pro­gram. The rad­i­cal 40-footer has been vir­tu­ally un­beat­able, but will it kill the class be­fore long? “I think [ Nik­las] Zennström al­low­ing any­one to build a new boat us­ing his mold will help, and he’s good at get­ting other peo­ple in the class, but it’s hard to know. I’m not sure peo­ple at the bot­tom of the class ap­pre­ci­ate it, but it does hap­pen in ev­ery open rule class, in­evitably.”

Andy Horton grew up in Ver­mont, but now lives in the South­ern sail­ing hot­bed of Birm­ing­ham, Alabama. While he sails nearly 130 days out of

a typ­i­cal year, most of those at in­ter­na­tional lo­cals and with grand- prix pro­grams, he re­cently joined the Birm­ing­ham Sail­ing Club to put his This­tle into ac­tion. “The more I sail, the more I’m re­minded that, if you do the fun­da­men­tals right, you will be suc­cess­ful,” says Horton, who ex­plains the es­sen­tials of spin­naker stay­sail trim (page 110). “There are no sil­ver bul­lets; it’s just about do­ing sim­ple things well, es­pe­cially un­der pres­sure.” From the up­per ranks of the TP52 Su­per Series with Ale­gre, Horton will travel to Spain to race with Team Artemis on the RC44, but then it’s back to Birm­ing­ham for the Great Pump­kin Re­gatta in Oc­to­ber.

Suzanne Mcfad­den, a sports edi­tor at News­room NZ and former se­nior edi­tor at the

New Zealand Her­ald, has cov­ered Amer­ica’s Cup matches since the late 1980s, feed­ing the coun­try’s ra­bid sail­ing fans. Highly re­garded, she’s re­ceived within Kiwi team com­pounds with open arms. As­sign­ing her our pro­file on Amer­ica’s Cup and Olympic cham­pion Blair Tuke was a no-brainer. “I fol­lowed him around the Volvo Ocean Race Vil­lage [in Auck­land] for a few hours, but I wasn’t per­mit­ted to fol­low him out­side of there,” she says. “Nev­er­the­less, he gave me a re­ally good run­down of what he did dur­ing his break — go­ing north to his old fam­ily home (now owned by him and his four broth­ers) and go­ing spearfish­ing. He’s a bloody good bloke.”

Dave Powlison has been a Sail­ing World con­trib­u­tor for decades, and now, as a re­tired high-school English teacher, he’s avail­able for as­sign­ments that take him far and wide from his home base in Ver­mont. This year, his “work” has taken him to Cal­i­for­nia, where he joined San Diego’s J/ World team for a jaunt to Puerto Val­larta, to Fon­tana, Wis­con­sin, for the Melges 14 U.S. Na­tion­als, and Che­boy­gan, Michi­gan, for the J/ 35 North Amer­i­cans. When he’s not on as­sign­ment, he’s home rac­ing in the lo­cal PHRF fleet on an Etchells, and mas­ter­ing his Musto Sk­iff.

Amory Ross, of New­port, Rhode Is­land, has been around the planet two times as an on­board re­porter with the Volvo Ocean Race; with Puma Ocean Rac­ing and Alvimed­ica. Fill­ing gaps be­tween laps, he’s also done tours as a mul­ti­me­dia wiz­ard with the past two win­ning Amer­ica’s Cup teams, Or­a­cle Team USA and Emi­rates Team New Zealand. He’s now with the con­tent-cre­ation crew of New York YC’S Amer­i­can Magic chal­lenge. It didn’t re­quire much arm wring­ing for him to agree to doc­u­ment an overnight train­ing run with the Mu­dratz off­shore sail­ing team (page 60) be­cause, as he says, “It’s a great way to give back to the sport and help young sailors get more vis­i­bil­ity.”

Erik Sham­pain, a true Socal water­man, once ran onedesign ef­forts at Ull­man Sails New­port Beach, but over the past few years has earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a light­weight go-to guy for qual­ity boat work and ex­pe­ri­ence. Team­ing up with top- ranked match racer Tay­lor Can­field’s squad for the Argo Group Gold Cup in Ber­muda, how­ever, was a gig he hadn’t ex­pected. “They ap­proached me out of the blue be­fore Con­gres­sional Cup,” he says. “I’ve known Tay­lor and Mike [Buck­ley] for a long time and have sailed against them plenty, but never sailed with them,” says Sham­pain, who shares his Gold Cup ex­pe­ri­ence in this is­sue (page 22). Gum, he re­veals, is a key ele­ment of the Can­field pro­gram. “Nearly any gum will do, but the small Chi­clets type seems fastest.” In Septem­ber, Sham­pain will join Bruce Goli­son, Jeff Reynolds and Steve Hunt in Marblehead for the 100-boat J/70 World Cham­pi­onship. “There is noth­ing left on the to-do list other then look at some new sails,” he says. “We are very pre­pared and ready to go.” Q

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