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SEPTEMBER 2018 64 CompositesWorld INSIDE MANUFACTURING » In the realm of sailboat racing, the International 14 World Assn. (Kent, UK) calls its I-14 events the choice "for sailors looking for a fast, challenging boat in which they can develop their own ideas while sailing in the company of a group of like-minded, open and welcoming competitors." e I-14 describes both the race and the boat its competitors compete in. e Associ- ation's 20 Rules decree the basic dimensions for this high-performance two- person, two-trapeze skiff 's hull to be 14 ft long by 6 ft wide (4.3m by 1.83m). Although I-14 boats are capable of open ocean sailing, they are optimized for protected waters and do not have accommodations for offshore, overnight sailing. For racing, they are rigged for the expected wind conditions, usually a maximum of 20-30 knots. One size, not one design Known for top-flight competition outside the controls of "one-design" classes, the I-14 rules are descriptive, not prescriptive: ey do not require that all boats be built in conformity to a single selected design (see Learn More, p. 70). "e I-14 is a unique class — a development class — working on the upper edge of technology," says Fred Vance, avid sailor and licensed yacht and ship broker (Yachtline, Oxnard, CA, US). "Many sailing classes use The International 14: High-tech but still accessible Naval architect Paul Bieker and Henderson Boat Co. team up to give a vener- able marine racing class a more affordable perfor- mance/cost combination. By Donna Dawson / Senior Writer Emeritus

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