Making Tracks

Photo by Andrew Taylor
Ad for August 1995

Gary Hausler's first job was as a Gandy Dancer. That's ninteenth century slang for a worker who lays railroad track. And Gandy Dancer, Gary's Santa Cruz 40, has been laying some fast tracks across the waters off Northern California during the past year, placing first in divi-sion A in the five-race YRA Spring Ocean Series. Gandy Dancer was first-to-finish in the second race, crossing the line at Drakes Bay ahead of a fleet that included several larger boats.

Gary ties Gandy Dancer's success to his great crew and a tough, fast suit of Pineapple sails. "The crew knows how to make the boat go fast and take full advantage of sails with superior shape." As to durability, Gary says "We retired our 3/4 oz. Pineapple spinnaker after last month's Santa Barbara Race. It had logged over 2500 miles, including nine days straight on the way to Hawaii in the Pacific Cup. You can't ask more of a sail than that."

For the key to the fast track for your boat, stop by or call the loft today.


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