Ocean Racing

Wild Oats Wins Hobart Race

by Adam Cort, Posted December 29, 2010
Twenty hours after the 100-footer Wild Oats XI was first to cross the finish line in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, she has been declared the official line-honors winner after being cleared of a protest lodged by the race committee.Wild Oats XI completed the 628-course from Sydney Harbor to Hobart, Tasmania, in 2 days 7 hours and 37 minutes, in the process surviving one of
After several years of mostly tactical racing in comparatively benign conditions, the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart is set to return to its more traditional ways, with meteorologists telling competitors they are in for some very tough, boat and spirit-breaking sailing for at least the first 300 nautical miles of the race.The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that early in the race the fleet

Barcelona Race by the Numbers

by Sail Staff, Posted December 21, 2010
The second running of the Barcelona World Race is set to begin on New Year’s Eve in front of the ultra-chic W Hotel on the Barcelona waterfront. The event features two-person crews sailing supercharged IMOCA Open 60 racers nonstop around the planet via the three great capes: the Cape of Good Hope, New Zealand’s Cape Leeuwin and, of course, Cape Horn. Some other numbers to consider:25,000:

U.S. Solo Sailing Update

by Adam Cort, Posted November 9, 2010
This past week saw not one, but two U.S. sailors competing in a pair of offshore, singlehanded classics. Making his way toward Cape Town, South Africa, veteran circumnavigator Brad Van Liew is currently leading the pack in the Velux 5 Oceans Race. Meanwhile, Etienne Giroire is fighting his way from Brittany, France, to Guadeloupe aboard the 40-foot trimaran ATNinc.com as part of the 2010

Van Liews Begins Third Circumnav

by Chris Getman, Posted October 15, 2010
On October 17, Brad Van Liew will return to the sport of solo sail racing after an eight-year break as the only American in a fleet of five boats sailing the VELUX 5 Oceans race around the world. While over 500 people have been shot into space, Van Liew is one of less than 180 that have sailed around the globe solo. Of those who have a circumnavigation under their belt, only 73 skippers have
Ross Stein, who races Corsair 24 #357, Origami, out of San Francisco Bay, sends this report from Italy’s big, crazy, beautiful Barcolana race, or Coppa d’Autunno. With turnouts in the thousands for a course only 19 miles long, there’s not much that compares. The race is sailed in the Gulf of Trieste, with one of four marks laid in the waters of neighboring

Emirates Team New Zealand Retains Title

by Chris Getman, Posted September 30, 2010
For the first time in history of the series, Emirates Team New Zealand, under leadership of skipper Dean Barker, has won back-to-back Audi MedCup Circuit Championships. On September 25, the New Zealand team finished the season 48.5 points ahead of the U.S. team Quantum Racing, which came in second.Emirates Team New Zealand began its second championship

Uphill Both Ways

by David Schmidt, Posted September 23, 2010
“Orcas! Two-o’clock!” The call from the on-deck watch filters into the thin, relative warmth of the cabin on JAM, John McPhail’s J/160. I look through the cold, spitting rain at the sea’s tumultuous surface. It takes a few moments to spot the orcas’ distinctive white spots amid a sea of whitecaps. Then three majestic mammals appear, obviously interested in the parade of raceboats
On Memorial Day weekend in 1972, four sailing buddies came up with a great idea. “Let’s sail from Hyannis to Nantucket, spend the long weekend there, then sail back—and let’s race.”It was so much fun they decided to do it again, inviting other friends to join in. By 1978, there were more than 75 boats on the starting line, and the newly established race committee added a lay-day in

Galley Gourmets

by MacDuff Perkins, Posted September 21, 2010
If the crew of an ocean racer sails on its stomach and a happy, well-fed crew is a skipper’s strongest asset, then the cook is as crucial as the navigator.We asked some competitors in this year’s Newport-Bermuda race how to keep a crew well fed and ready to go. All had years of experience provisioning for offshore racing, leading to as many galley philosophies as there were boats.On
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