On a warm evening last year on Lake Champlain, several dozen sailboats were competing in the weekly Thursday night race on Malletts Bay when the wind, which had been steady, suddenly died. Slower boats lost momentum more quickly than the faster boats, creating a delicate tango as hulls slid past each other, just feet apart, in a slow-motion traffic jam.
If there could be such a thing as a localvore movement in sailmaking, the race that
night proved it exists. Vermont Sailing Partners is based in nearby Winooski, and 53-year-
old company owner Bill Fastiggi — a renowned racer who grew up sailing on Malletts
HOMESTRETCH Racing boats head
for the finish on Shelburne Bay.