Since he first began racing in a wooden hull built in 1961, Aronow has acquired a unique fund of knowledge on racing boats and their behavior plus the customary collection of broken bones, bumps, bruises and a network of scars. He started building the hulls himself with a number called the Formula, progressed from Formula to Donzi, from Donzi to the Magnum. From Magnum he switched to Cary, whose boats he designed and raced but did not build. And with Cary he set a single-season record of eight major victories. Nine months ago he began anew with the Cigarettes, the culmination of his amazing decade in the sport.
But Aronow is not standing pat. He may even have a catamaran in his future. Until now, catamarans like the Zipp� II on page 33 have been erratic performers, but as soon as someone discovers how to make them light enough to get up on a plane when fully loaded with fuel, there will be a 100-mph ocean racer. Or, at least, so Aronow believes. Of one thing you may be sure: no cat of Aronow's will be a dog.