by Sail Staff, Posted October 24, 2007The 28th Middle Sea Race proved shorter than expected for many competitors as 45-knot sustained winds with lashing, 50-knot-peak puffs forced nearly half the 57-boat fleet to retire and one boat, the Australian-flagged Reichel/Pugh 60 Loki, to abandon ship because of a broken rudder. At least one owner crossed the finish line with a smile on his face. George David’s older-generation
by Sail Staff, Posted September 14, 2007After three years of prepping for a dream, American Clay Burkhalter counted the time remaining to the start of Mini Transat 2007. "A state of disbelief" is how he described the feeling as the clock wound down to Sunday.And, after many years of living the dream, the designer of Burkhalter's Mini, Rod Johnstone, could look back and believe that he's moved the ball in the world of
by Sail Staff, Posted July 3, 2005FAST TIMESThe big boats in the hunt for the first-to-finish Barn Door trophy didn't take long to establish a fast pace. On the first full day of racing, the maxZ86 Morning Glory led a five-boat pack, all of which beat the previous 24-hour distance record. Morning Glory, with Peter Isler navigating and Russell Coutts in the afterguard, covered 393 miles.
by , Posted June 22, 2003SAIL's deputy editor Josh Adams crewed aboard the 66-foot Zaraffa in the DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge, 3,600 miles from Newport, Rhode Island to Cuxhaven, Germany. Designed by Richel/Pugh and owned by Skip Sheldon of Shelburne, Vermont, Zaraffa went into this race as a favorite (she was the overall winner of the 2002 Newport-Bermuda) and was first to finish by a large