Sailing: San Rafael’s Pick living the sailing dream with “Box of Rain”
Marin Independent Journal - August 2, 2018 - by Michelle Slade
Living in New Jersey as a teenager and being crazy about sailing required that Charlie Pick navigate his Dodge Dart through downtown Manhattan towing his daysailer. He’d drive his rig down West 44th Street and right through Times Square to the Queens Midtown Tunnel, headed for Peconic Bay. Not surprisingly, Pick got some strange looks along the way. Relief came in his early 20s, after grad school, when he chose to move to San Francisco so that he could truly indulge his passion. Continue Reading
52nd California Cup – The Big Boats Are Back!
Cal Cup - June 18, 2018
The boats hail from far afield – San Diego YC, Newport Harbor YC, St. Francis YC, and even New York YC, and their fifteen-person crews came from across the U.S. and ‘down under’, as well. These racers are remarkable in many respects, featuring bold color schemes ranging from Manouch Moshayedi’s Lamborghini orange Rio, to Frank Slootman’s Mercedes silver Invisible Hand, to Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s shiny, all black Interlodge VI.  Continue Reading
PAC52 Invisible Hand brings High-Performance Racing Back to Bay
Invisible Hand is the second hull completed in the exciting new Pac52 Class. The Pac52 sailboats are similar to the TP52 Class, but with a lighter engine, more stability, and a taller mast supporting more sail area—Invisible Hand boasts an impressive 4,000 square feet of cloth downwind! Continue Reading
Sea Trials, Invisible Hand, Auckland NZ - 2017 Darren MacManaway
New Pacific 52 class makes its debut in San Francisco New Zealand - March 18, 2017
The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco.
Invisible Hand for San Francisco's Frank Slootman replaces his earlier RP63 of the same name. She will soon be joined by a second Cookson build, Bad Pack (Tom Holthus) from the same moulds. 

A third, RIO 52 is for RIO 100 supermaxi owner Manouch Moshayedi. The three new builds will join three existing 52fters to form the nucleus of a new level rating Pacific 52 fleet racing in the West Coast of the USA.
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One of new Pacific 52 class, Invisible Hand, racing in San Francisco - March 2017 Erik Simonson/ ©
The Art of Boat Art
Sail-World. Originally published February 2017 by Pressure-Drop.US
Putting exquisite art on the hulls, sails and decks of sailboats is an art form on top of an art form. Working in a three dimensional format with non-standard medium.  It's not easy and it's not cheap, but the results can produce eye catching moving pieces of art that will attract the sailor and landlubber alike.

Some recent examples of the marriage of sailing and art come from the desk of Joan Garrett and her design graphics company Regatta Boat Graphics.

Pac52 'Invisible Hand' Hits the Bay
Latitude 38 - February 27, 2017 – San Francisco Bay
With the mid-February delivery of Frank Slootman's all-carbon rocket ship Invisible Hand to San Francisco Bay, the dream of building a West Coast Pac52 fleet has taken giant step closer to becoming a reality. Built at Cookson's in New Zealand and christened this weekend dockside at Svendsen's Boat Yard, Slootman's Judel/Vrolijk-designed Pac52 is the second of these box-rule 52s to take up residence on the West Coast - Continue to Article
Frank Slootman was a happy man after launching, sailing and christening the new Invisible Hand for the debut season of the Pac 52 class.  Photo Latitude / John  © 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC
The New PAC52 Class New Zealand - February 3, 2017
In this edition, we feature a couple of stories on the new Pac52 class, which is an initiative from the West Coast of USA to develop a useful 52fter - more along the lines of the original TP52, than the Super Series 52 which enjoys some excellent inshore racing.

The Pac52 as the new type is is a box-rule and will sit within a rating band and with a class rule based on Fox - another 52fter exported from New Zealand last year.  Continue Reading

Pac52 Invisible Hand on sea trials in the Hauraki Gulf, January 2017  Darren McManaway
Latitude 38 Magazine Cover
October 2017 Edition
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