Sunday, June 1, 2008

A new Star boat is born...

[Sun Herald] John Dane, right, and Austin Sperry of Gulfport make their way back into the Gulfport small Craft Harbor Wednesday after a practice run. The two will be a part of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China in the sailing competition. They have just completed building one new Star boat. Which they hope will help them win Gold in China.

"We put 16 variations in the computer of hull shapes," Dane said. "We found one in 8 knots or less of wind that seemed superior than our current boat and the one most competitors will sail.

"We decided to build one. We tested it against our German counterparts who qualified for the Olympics and just finished fifth in the World Championships in Miami.

"Whoever was in the new boat would win the racing. Only two have been made in time for the Olympics. Hopefully, we have a secret weapon." - Full Story