In recent years, sailors from the small Middle Eastern nation of Oman have met with surprising success in a number of high-profile races, including the Tour de France à la Voile and the Extreme 40 Sailing Series. Not surprisingly, given the mores of that part of the world, these sailors have all been men. But that is beginning to change thanks to the efforts of Oman Sail.
Jen French and JP Creignou, Mark LeBlanc, and Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson are the new members of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and will be heading to Weymouth, England, this summer for the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta.
In the wake of last year’s Chicago-to-Mackinac race, in which two crewmembers died in the capsize of the Kiwi 35 sport boat WingNuts during a severe nighttime storm, the Chicago Yacht Club has instituted a series of changes to help ensure a similar accident doesn’t happen again.
At US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR on January 28, Zach Railey took home the gold in the Finn class. The 2008 Olympic Silver medalist is gunning for gold at this summer’s Olympics, and he’s off to a good start.
In the rarefied world of grand prix racing sails, the distance between first and second can be measured in millimeters. Today’s racing sails are built out of an exotic menu of high-tech materials using advanced construction techniques to yield shape-specific sails that boast minimal stretch or creep.
The European Sailing Federation (Eurosaf) is reviving the old Eurolymp Sailing Circuit—which ran between 1975 and 2004—to compensate for ISAF's decision to drop the number of European stops in its Sailing World Cup series
“I’ve always tried to have a plan of what I’m doing next after the Olympics. The 2012 Olympics has been the focus, but from that has come the opportunity to be able to build a team which we hope can ultimately go on to challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.”
Standouts at the Perth event included Paige Railey in the Laser Radial class, and Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih in the Star class, who took bronze in their two events. The match racing team of Anna Tunnicliffe, Deb Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer took gold.