James Boyd



High-speed, Singlehanded Trimarans Ready to Circle the Globe

Just when it seemed impossible for another event to describe itself as the “Everest of round-the-world yacht races,” one has popped up on the radar that is, well, the Everest of round-the-world yacht races. The Brest Ultime Challenge is due to take place in 2019 and will be like the Vendée Globe in that it


Design and Technology

Boat Decks: Teak vs Synthetic Teak

One of the most eye-catching boats at the Newport boat show last fall, the Scandinavian Cruiser 20, is a fast daysailer with a narrow hull and a traditional teak deck. At least it looked like teak. As I was checking out the SC20, something about those decks struck me as being a little off. Then it hit me: they looked too good, too clean to be real. The fact that I had to ask to make sure they


Pittman Innovation Awards

Vetus Rimdrive Bow Thruster

The propeller and the outer ring connecting the tips of the blades also serve as the motor’s rotor, and the stationary windings are in a tunnel module that slides into a boat’s structural tunnel tube. As a result, there is no bulky motor to install inside the boat, only a compact interface module.

Towill (center) and Enright (right) sailing off Cape Horn during the 2014-15 VOR

Volvo Ocean Race

U.S. Sailors Enright and Towill Aiming for Another VOR

Alvimedica co-leaders Charlie Enright and Mark Towill have announced they are collaborating with the marine environmental group 11th Hour Racing to take another stab at the Volvo Ocean Race, in which they finished fifth out of seven overall in the 2014-15 edition. The new team, named 55 South, has set as its goal not only


Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Departing Soon For Lisbon

It seems the six-boat 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race fleet only arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, yesterday, and already the sailors are getting ready to set out on the 2,800-mile seventh leg to Lisbon this Sunday. By VOR standards this one will be a quickie—only eight to nine days