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Letters Volume XXX, Number 6, January 2011


Wind Freshening for the Northwest Sailboat Industry


There is a fresh breeze of optimism blowing across the marine industry. New boats are being designed and manufactured, and we can look forward to seeing local dealers presenting these new boats at their docks. This is especially exciting for us here in the Northwest, as new boats brought in on spec have been few and far between in the last few years. But the new boats that are here now, and the ones expected to arrive in the spring, have us quite excited. The new Jeanneau 409 and MalÖ 40 and the all electric Hunter 27e will be on display at the Seattle Boat Show, and this spring, expect to see the arrival of the J/111, Benetau First 35, Sense 43, and Catalina 375, . For the most part, we’ve always tried to test sail only new


boats that were in the area. That way, Northwest sailors could then go down to the dock and see the boats for themselves. Now, with this influx of new boats coming into our area, to say that we’re giddy with anticipation is putting it mildly. Hard chines, double rudders, all electric, pretty titillating stuff. So, with all the wonderful boat goodies at the Portland Boat


Show, January 12-16; the Seattle Boat Show at Quest Field and Lake Union, January 21-30; and the Vancouver International Boat B.C. Show February 9-13; as well as all the new boats coming into the area in the near future, Northwest sailors can look forward to some rather intoxicating times ahead.


It’s the January Boat Show issue, time to to recognize our top Northwest sailors for their outstanding sailing and supporting our sport. Once again 48° North and Harken have partnered to honor our Top 25 skippers, but this year it’s a little different. See page 60 for the complete story and who is our #1 for 2010. Believe me, he’s no flash in the pan. Congratulations to all those on and off our list, and to all the yacht clubs for keeping racing in the Northwest second to none!


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