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Bump's World - July 2022
July 27, 2022
Is yacht racing declining? What would be a good gauge? Most people I know would say yes because regatta numbers are down. If you are used to doing a regatta where 30 boats used to show up and now there are 15 or less that would be a good gauge. Take the Boston yacht Club Wednesday night racing for example. In the mid 1980s it was not unusual to get 50 to 60 boats. Now it's more like 20 to 25.

Bump's World - June 2022
June 2, 2022
If you have ever tried having sex standing up in a canoe, you noticed it was very tippy. You probably did not notice that the hull tipped uniformly? Hull forms and boat designs go back hundreds of thousands of years. If you look at many very old designs, like canoes and Egyptian galleons, you will notice how symmetrical they were. This is because they did not want the boats to have a bow down tendency; the symmetrical shape created more buoyancy in the stern than in the bow.

Bump's World - January 2022
January 26, 2022
I sail on a lot of different boats in many different regattas. The one thing that all boat crews have in common is they all think they have an unfavorable rating. I believe the owners of the boats are less vocal about this, but I do think they believe in a lot of what the crew is talking about.

Bump's World - October 2021
October 4, 2021
2021 was THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE Newport Boat Show. Last year would have been but it did not happen due to covid. It was my 41st Newport Show. I have done a lot of boat shows but as far as shows, Newport is probably the best. There was a reduction in boats displayed. All dealers had trouble getting new product to show since production has been slow and demand high. A couple of builders were also not willing to chance covid. A couple of builders also thought, I'm sold out over a year, why sit there telling people they cannot get a boat.

Bump's World - September 2021
September 2, 2021
May 1991 my brother Rick was camped at the South Col of Everest. It had been a white out and blowing over 60 for the past 4 days. His team managed to fix some ropes toward the summit but they were mostly pinned down. In 2011 Sabre Yachts, an extremely well run, boat builder stopped making sailboats, why?? Not because no one wanted to buy them, but rather because they were making little or no money building them.