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International One-Designs Were Conceived Out of Love

It was a classic case of coup de foudre, as the French call it: love at first sight.

The year was 1936, and the Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club’s famed racing skipper, the late Cornelius “Corny” Shields — dubbed “the gray fox of Long Island Sound” for his competitive spirit and wily knowledge of the Sound’s tricky tides and weather — was racing in Bermuda when he caught sight of a brand new, 6-meter yacht, “Saga,” built by Norwegian boat designer Bjarne Aas.

“The minute I saw Saga, I fell in love with her,” Shields later wrote. “I thought she was the most beautiful boat I had ever seen. I loved her shape, her sheer,...(continued)

World Match Racing Tour and America's Cup to meet in Bermuda

Before the America’s Cup World Series takes the stage in Bermuda on October 16-18, the World Match Racing Tour will have the spotlight, and some of the America’s Cup teams will be getting in on the action for the Argo Group Gold Cup on October 6-11.

Whether success on catamarans translates to mastering the event’s 33-foot long IOD sloop will be decided by America’s Cup teams Artemis Racing and Softbank Team Japan, with the later skippered by Dean Barker of New Zealand, who is a past match racing world champion.

The America’s Cup teams will also have to face the Argo Group Gold Cup reigning champion Johnie Berntsson, who is among a stellar group of skippers that have confirmed their entry to...(continued)