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Bruce Kirby on the Future of Sailing

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Rowayton's Bruce Kirby designed the Laser, pictured here, as well as the Ideal 18 and many other popular one-designs. Photo by Allen Clark / PhotoBoat.com.

Vol. 1, No. 111

by Daniela Clark

Bruce Kirby has made an incredible impact on the marine industry.  He has been a part of it—through his racing, designing, and writing—for 75 years!

In a recent post on his website, he discusses the future of sailing with a look back across his seven decades of experience.  He touches on materials, cost, technology, recreational trends, one design classes, speed vs. comfort, team vs. fleet racing, and sailing for an audience.

Take a look at the article here. I also recommend reading Kirby’s bio while you’re at it.  It’s quite a story.

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  1. John Bowman says:

    I remember when a laser arrived at Riverside Yacht Club and my first time sailing one. I wanted one more than anything, but I was 13, and a sunfish would have to suffice. Thanks for posting this.

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