FLOTSA& M JETSAM

Soundings - - Dispatches - BY GARY RE­ICH

FAST AND FU­RI­OUS

Nar­row, swift and grace­ful,

Ruweida V is a re­stored 38-foot RClass sloop de­signed by Burgess, Swasey & Paine in 1926. A topto-bot­tom, year-long restora­tion be­gan in 2011 un­der the skilled hands at the In­ter­na­tional Yacht Restora­tion School in Newport, Rhode Is­land, where she was re­planked, re­decked and rerigged. Since her re­turn, Ruweida’s owner has raced her in com­pe­ti­tions hosted by the New York Yacht Club, the Mu­seum of Yacht­ing and at Pan­erai events around Nar­ra­gansett Bay, where she al­ways fin­ished on the podium.

Ruweida is dou­ble-planked with ma­hogany on cedar over white oak frames and is equipped with asym­met­ric and sym­met­ric spin­nakers, with the nec­es­sary rig­ging and hard­ware to fly them. She is listed at $137,500 with Spark­man & Stephens in Newport. spark­manstephens.com

Chang­ing head­sails in more than 40 knots is prob­a­bly the most dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous change we have. Six guys hooked on with safety lines on the bow, try­ing to pull down the old jib. The boat is still log­ging up to 20 knots and sud­denly a wave washes the bow, push­ing the six big guys back at high speed. — Djuice Dragons skip­per Knut Frostad, dur­ing the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race. The 2017-18 race kicks off from Ali­cante, Spain, Oct. 22. volvoocean­race.com

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