Inshore Racing

10 Sailing Events at the London 2012 Olympics

by Daniel Berke, Posted August 17, 2009
The International Olympic committee announced on 13 August, 2009 that there will be 10 sailing events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This is a decrease from the 11 sailing events at the 2008 Games in Beijing, making room for new events that were not held in Beijing.The eliminated class is the Tornado catamaran, despite the request made by the International Sailing Federation to keep

Star light, star bright

by Daniel Berke, Posted August 13, 2009
This past weekend, the Star Class World Championship ended in a riveting come-from-behind win for Americans George Szabo and Rick Peters of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. Despite a discouraging “throw-away” first race (54 of 86 boats), Szabo and Peters persevered and sailed to victory in the second race, earning themselves the gold and the title of Star Class World Champions.“Back on the

Bid dreams

by Meredith Laitos, Posted July 22, 2009
From now until October 2nd, the city of Chicago will keep its fingers crossed, vying to become host to the 2016 Olympic Games. It’s currently one of four candidate cities, but the competition is tough. With the other three candidates hot on its heels, Chicago’s 2016 Bid Committee is hard at work showcasing what makes their city best-suited for the challenge, not the least

Secure the jibsheets

by Sail Staff, Posted June 17, 2009
If you furl your headsail when sailing off the wind, there’s a good chance the sheets will get in the way when you’re either peeling the spinnaker or taking it down. That’s why the bowman should always tie them down, out of the way, with a sail tie. When the spinnaker is up and the jib is furled, have the trimmers ease the jibsheets enough so they can be led to the base of the furler, where a
Matriculating from collegiate dinghy racing to big-boat sailing is like transitioning from T-ball to the Big Leagues. For most college sailors coming from two-man 420’s or FJ’s, the biggest challenge is getting used to the precise coordination of a multi-person crew sailing on boats and courses that are much bigger and more demanding than they’re used to.This March the Port of Los Angeles

Zach Railey, Sunsail team up for 2012

by Sail Staff, Posted May 20, 2009
Zach Railey wasn't expected to win a medal for sailing in the Finn class at the 2008 Olympic games. However, with his skill and training, he managed to grab a silver medal at Qingdao and now plans to try for the 2012 event in Great Britain.Sunsail Sailing Vacations will team up with the 2008 US Sailing Sportsman of

Swiss seats

by David Schmidt, Posted May 14, 2009
Need to get up your mast in a hurry, but don’t have a rock-climbing harness or bosun’s chair handy? Luckily, a Swiss Seat, a jury-rigged harness, is your solution. You’ll only need about 15–20 feet of stout rope (sail ties work in a pinch, but you’ll need to sister a couple together to achieve the proper length).Start by folding the rope in half. Pass this bight in between your legs (from

Auxiliary telltales

by David Schmidt, Posted May 14, 2009
Most modern sailboat races are run on windward-leeward courses designed to give racers the maximum number of chances to pass each other and to create lanes. While there’s little doubt that these “new” courses (until the mid-1990’s, most racecourses were triangular and featured more reaching) make for exciting racing, they do create a problem for drivers and trimmers, namely that it can be tiring
After the successful 2008 US SAILING’s Disabled Championship, it was evident that competitors wanted more top-level disabled sailing events. The American Yacht Club responded by organizing the inaugural Robie Pierce One Design Regatta. From June 5-7, 25 teams will compete in a fleet of donated Ideal 18s. Each boat will include two blind or disabled sailors and one able-bodied

Moth madness

by Sail Staff, Posted April 17, 2009
If you’re into dinghy sailing or high-performance sailing, you’ve likely heard of foiler Moths, the latest iteration in the constantly evolving International Moth Class. These latest Moths use an ingenious senor wand (click here to read about how the mechanics of a foiler Moth work) and a twistable tiller to lift the
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