Profiles

Sights on the Globe

by Peter Nielsen, Posted September 17, 2013
Rich Wilson is a sucker for punishment. One solo round-the-world race isn’t enough for the New England sailor, who at the tender age of 62 has set his sights on the 2016-17 Vendee Globe—arguably the world’s toughest sailing event.
My love for boats began in 1960 when I was a high school freshman. A friend’s father had a small powerboat and we water skied in wet suits as early as May.
As Team Oracle showed this past October, conning an AC72 catamaran is not for the faint of heart. We recently caught up with Emirates Team New Zealand’s skipper Dean Barker to see what it’s like helming one of these behemoths. 

Warhorse

by Kimball Livingston, Posted July 16, 2012
As community sailing centers go, the Orange Coast College School of Sailing & Seamanship is quite a bit more than the ordinary. Now, however, it is time to begin a long goodbye to a centerpiece of the program, round-the-world race winner Alaska Eagle.
As part of our SAILfeed get-to-know-the-bloggers series, I decided to chat next with The Mariner. SAILfeed.com is our blogging site made up of some of the industry's most interesting sailors. They regularly contribute their thoughts and opinions on sailing news, their adventures at sea and boat repair.
In late 2011, the Sultanate of Oman expanded its Oman Sail program to include women. Meet Raiya Al Habasi, 24, one of four Omani sailors from this year's all-women’s team which took part in February’s inaugural Sailing Arabia-the Tour.
      The 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV), which is traditionally dominated by the French, featured standout performances by sailors from the United States, New Zealand, the UK and Northern Europe in the 16-boat Class 40 fleet. Among the nine teams that finished were American Jesse Naimark-Rowse and British sailor Hannah Jenner.

Navigating the Future

by Kimball Livingston, Posted September 7, 2011
Years ago, Stan Honey described how he could transform sailing on television by making racing tactics easier to “see” and understand—if he had the budget. It would be, as they say in the NFL, a “difference-maker,” just like the technology Honey’s company Sportvision created to electronically paint a yellow first-down line on a football fan’s television screen.   Now the man
On April 10, American sailor Ryan Breymaier and his German teammate Boris Herrmann crossed the finish line on board the Open 60 Neutrogena in fifth place out of 15 boats in the double-handed Barcelona World Race—despite being relative newcomers to shorthanded offshore racing and sailing a relatively “old” boat, built in 2004.The 25,000-mile race begins and ends in the

Baptism by Boat

by JoJo Nielsen, Posted April 13, 2011
Often the traits of a good crew—teamwork, communication, responsibility, mutual respect—don’t top the list of traits associated with an average teenager. So what happens when you put eleven 16 t0 18 year-olds on a 50-foot Beneteau and send them off to sea for five weeks? I found out last summer, during a sail training program with Broadreach Academic Treks. From disaster to delight, I saw
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