Profiles

Passages: Mark Rudiger

by Sail Staff, Posted July 21, 2008
On Thursday, July 17, 2008, Mark Rudiger passed away from lymphoma. He was 53 years old. Rudiger had battled the cancer for 4 years, and he had been doing well in his fight until the tide sadly changed a few months ago. Rudiger was a legend in offshore racing and navigating circles, having navigated 14 Transpac races and two Volvo Ocean Races, the later being the

The Master

by Sail Staff, Posted May 30, 2008
If you’ve ever been caught out Laser sailing in a serious squall, you have a taste of what it’s like to be completely self-sufficient in an over-canvassed boat, with the safety net of land feeling like an untrustworthy mirage. Now imagine that you’re alone in the middle of the North Atlantic, with land nothing more than a week-old memory, on a wildly powerful IMOCA Open 60.

2008 Eureka! Award

by David Schmidt, Posted January 28, 2008
A Q&A with Lou Varney, the brains behind Harken’s Pro-Trim Traveler and Rigtune Pro and winner of this year's SAIL FKP Eureka! AwardBy David SchmidtWhat is your professional background?I was originally a boatbuilder, and then I became a mast maker and a designer of high-end Grand Prix raceboat masts. What led you to think up the Pro Trim?I have

The Real Deal: The Truth About Racing Around the Planet

by Sail Staff, Posted November 21, 2007
It’s a rare coup when a world-class sailor also happens to possess great writing skills, as this is the winning ticket to capturing the true grit of offshore racing. When you start talking about premiere-level events such as the Whitbred/Volvo Ocean Race, or the Barcelona World Race (BWR), a double-handed, non-stop, around-the-world race, the number of people capable of participating is small,
For most dinghy sailors, co-skippering an Open 60 in the Barcelona World Race, a non-stop double-handed circumnavigation race via the three capes, would be a suicide mission. Luckily, Seattle based Jonathan Mckee, 45, isn’t your typical dinghy sailor: His resume includes three years on the All American College Team during his time at Yale, a Gold medal in Flying Dutchman in the 1984 Olympics,

Debutante Skipper Wins First MDI Luders Invitational

by Sail Staff, Posted October 26, 2007
Julie Bracken, in her first turn at the tiller of the beautifully restored Spirit, won the three-day MDI Luders Invitational in Southwest Harbor, Maine, by one point over fleet secretary Dave Folger and his teenage daughter Liana in the vintage Voodoo. The Folgers in turn beat fleet newcomer and big-boat veteran Thomas Chase in his recently imported Grace by one point. The

Full-throttle Ahead: Sailing Legend Joins Team Ericson

by Sail Staff, Posted October 22, 2007
The 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race is still more than 11 months out, but teams are gearing up for the world’s most brutal fully crewed ocean showdown. Ericsson Racing Team recently announced that Brazilian sailing legend Torben Grael will be skippering one of their two boats. Grael is replacing American John Kostecki in this role, as Kostecki had to step down because of to family obligations. Grael,

Q&A with John Ross-Duggan

by Sail Staff, Posted November 7, 2005
John Ross-Duggan had a full career ahead of him when he won the Hobie 16 National Championship in 1977, during his third year of medical school. Eight months later, he broke his neck in a car accident and was paralyzed from the neck down. He was 23.After battling through months of therapy to finish medical school and his residency, Ross-Duggan got back to racing

Pirate Reborn

by Kimball Livingston, Posted April 14, 2003
In the early 20th century, R-boat racing attracted the brightest and the best. R's were large enough to be yachts and small enough to be toys. One of the most historic of the lot, Pirate, R11, is being restored in Seattle at the lively Center for Wooden Boats. Pirate was the first West Coast boat to campaign on the East Coast—she won the 1929 nationals at
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