As we see in these pages, the question of acting must be turned back to the individual. Putting things together piece by piece to see how they’re made. Tom Whidden knew this well when he joined North Sails, bringing clear ideas and new projects. There are no contradictions, he seemed to say, no technology or artisan sailmaker, no champion sailor or sail seller. What counts is attitude. You have a sail, a boat, a swelling wind. Good. Everything else depends on your energy. Getting down to doing things, to making them happen. That’s how sails become rigid, like wings of the sea. That’s how an AC72 is built, in that incredible equilibrium between the man who steers it and the physics of the wind it challenges. In the meantime there are those who face the cold of Flensburg day by day for the love of a boat, and those who discover the sea of Sylt wave by wave to find out what they really can do. Everything can be built, every thought realized. Enjoy reading this new issue. Page by page.
TIGERS / THE MAGAZINE
Strong and unceasing winds. A chance of snow. Seals spotted 3 miles off the southern point.
A love for the sea feels no chill
After browsing websites to see what they had to offer, one rainy Friday I happened upon an ad with just a few lines.
The AC72 are like rockets. They are enormous and very complex in terms of design; they are boats that have to be tamed.