Ocean Racing

Shipping to Boston

by David Schmidt, Posted April 16, 2009
If you’re into Celtic punk, you’re familiar with the Dropkick Murphys song, “I’m Shipping up to Boston”, a tune that twangs many sailor’s heart strings for a bygone era of wooden ships, men of steel, and onboard accommodations that defined the term “lacking.” In this song, written by Woodie Guthrie, a fictitious sailor loses his leg climbing the topsails while sailing up to

Sixth-Annual MacMan Challenge

by Tom Nunlist, Posted April 15, 2009
The Mackinac Island Yacht Club will have its 6th annual MacMan Challenge July 23-25 this summer. The 125-mile distance race runs from Mackinac Island to Manitoulin Island, with a stopover in Gore Bay, before heading on to the finishing line in Little Current, and includes nighttime
Sherpas call Mount Everest Sagarmatha, “the mountain so high that no bird can fly over it”. Western sailors know the Vende Globe—a non-stop, solo, around-the-world race sailed on wildly powerful, lightweight 60-footers—as sailing’s Mount Everest. Study the attrition rate in this year’s race—19 of the original 30 boats dropped out, many in the stormy waters of the Southern Ocean—and you realize

Hometown high

by David Schmidt, Posted April 3, 2009
When the Volvo Ocean Race calls on Boston Harbor in May, every weekend sailor in the region will have a chance to sniff the air around a grand prix circus. So how did Boston "steal" the US stopover? We turned to the instigator, Bill Lynn of Marblehead, Massachusetts, an unassuming ace Etchells sailor and co-operator of Atlantis Weather Gear. He also has a background in

Sailing, Wyoming style

by Sail Staff, Posted April 2, 2009
Plenty of sailors dream of sailing around the world, but far fewer actually cast off and venture forth. Crystal Corthell, 18, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, is a young woman who enjoys snowmobiling, visiting with family, and dreaming big. Her sailing experiences to date have been limited to trips on Canada’s Ghost Lake, Nevada’s Lake Meade, and San Diego Bay aboard her family’s

Ericcson 4 wins in-port race at Qingdao

by Sail Staff, Posted February 11, 2009
Here's a look at the in-port racing action that took place during the Volvo Ocean Race's stopover in Qingdao, China. Photos courtesy of Oskar Kihlborg/Ericsson Racing Team:
It says something about sailing’s prospects as a sport that 2008 left us with three round-the-world races under way at the same time. As we look to nail down just what that means, do keep your thumbs clear of the hammer.Certainly sailboat racing is as incoherent as ever in its public face. Hard-core fans have no trouble, or not so much, separating a crewed circumnavigation (the

61 Knots (!) FLIP (!)

by Sail Staff, Posted December 21, 2008
Sunday screaming Sunday -- It was only a burst, so kitesailor Alexandre Caizergues's official 500-meter speedsailing record is safe for now at 50.57 knots, but the big French trimaran, l’Hydroptre hit a speed peak of 61 knots in the Med on Sunday morning, and there is no way that's anything but fast under sail. It's a first.You had

Save the Whales!

by David Schmidt, Posted December 5, 2008
While everybody loves charismatic megafauna, whales occupy a special spot in the heart and imagination, especially amongst sailors. Watching these graceful creatures breach, swim, and dive is one of the true magic shows of offshore sailing, so it comes as little surprise that saving whales is popular everywhere from Washington D.C., to myriad yacht clubs worldwide, to even Team Russia’s
Call him Torben Grael. That's his name.Or call him Torben Grail . He has the golden touch, and now as skipper of Ericsson 4 he has won two of two legs of the Volvo Ocean Race. The five-time Olympic medalist (two gold) was also tactician for the Luna Rossa challenge for the 2007 America's Cup.He and his crew brought Ericsson 4 across the leg-two finish line at Cochin,
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