Inshore Racing

A Decade of Beach Starts

by Adam Cort, Posted August 17, 2012
The Great Texas Catamaran Race, or GT300, has now marked a full decade of thrills, spills and bumps and bruises. Carrying on the tradition established by such beach cat classics as the Worrell 1000, the GT300 is a 300-mile marathon run...

Bayview One Design Regatta

by Adam Cort, Posted August 15, 2012
A Gathering of the Classes: There’s a new one-design kid in town—the Bayview One Design Regatta, which hosted more than 200 boats off Detroit, Michigan, on Lake St. Clair in early June.
Back in days gone by, before rumbling speedboats and thundering Spring Break coeds discovered Lake Havasu, this was a place for sailing. A wide spot on the Colorado River 448 feet above sea level (a product of the Parker Dam), Havasu was a desert haven with vistas of jagged peaks and winters infused with sunshine and warmth.
The Philadelphia Cup Regatta returns on September 29 on the Delaware River with a series of one design races between the Betsy Ross and the Walt Whitman bridges, two of the city's most famous and picturesque bridges.
For full 2012 Olympics coverage, read on and make sure to click the links for more on the team, the competition, the venue and changes in the approach to U.S. Olympic sailing.
With the increased emphasis on “extreme” pro racing—including wing-sailed carbon-fiber cats, gigantic oceangoing multihulls and Volvo 70s leaving arrow-straight wakes across the Southern Ocean—many might consider the idea of an inshore displacement monohull circuit to be a nonstarter.
For the first time since it became a major pro series with serious cash prizes, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour will be coming to the United States. The five-day Chicago Match Cup regatta will be held in mid-July.
We were maybe half a mile from the leeward mark, surging along relentlessly aboard the X-65 Karuba V, when the rig came down to the accompaniment of a collective gasp from the crew. Thankfully, it wasn’t our rig—but we did feel sorry for the guys on Highland Fling XII, Irvine Laidlaw’s spanking new Reichel-Pugh IRC 52.
This year’s series, which begins May 11, will also feature a second double-handed leg from Charleston, South Carolina, to New York Harbor, in addition to an offshore leg from New York to Newport, Rhode Island, and two days of inshore racing.
The 2012 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing will have an international field of 14 Class 40s, which is 10 more than last year’s inaugural regatta. Competitors in this multi-city event represent the U.S., France, Germany and Great Britain.
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