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Multihull Sailing News
Catamarans and trimarans have gone from occupying the fringe of the sailing world to the front and center. Whether it’s a cruising catamaran, a bluewater racing trimaran or the latest red-hot racing beach cat, you can always count on these boats and the people who sail them for some excitement afloat.
The French obsession with long-distance sailing, whether solo or fully crewed, has long been a phenomenon of superlatives. But even those superlatives pale in comparison to what French sailing legend Francis Joyon and his five crew managed to accomplish this past winter: smashing the existing Jules Verne record by sailing around the world, from Ushant, Read More
If there’s one thing wrong with all too many sailors—sailing journalists, in particular—it’s that we often get to be way too serious about our sailing. Granted, there’s a good deal to be serious about, and if you aren’t careful you can get hurt and/or cause a fair bit of damage aboard even the most benign-looking Read More
Australian sailors Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu are known around the world, thanks to their social media accounts and YouTube channel, Sailing La Vagabonde, in which they document their experiences afloat—at the same time using the power of crowdfunding to help cover their costs. They recently decided to make the switch from a monohull to Read More
A look back at how we got to full-foiling cats in Bermuda Ever since the schooner America won the “100 Guinea Cup” fated to bear its name, the America’s Cup has been as much about technology and change as actual sailing. America itself, for example, won in large part thanks not only to her then Read More
The 8th edition of the International Multihull Boat Show at La Grande Motte in the South of France (from April 19-23) showcased around 60 catamarans and trimarans, with a couple of world premieres. What makes this small, intimate show unique, compared to Cannes and other European boat shows, is the sheer variety of multihulls attracting Read More
The market for high-end, high-performance catamarans definitely falls within the definition of “niche,” but it’s fun to follow nevertheless. Big carbon-fiber multihulls packing laminated sails on towering rigs capable of 30-plus-knot speeds and 300-plus-mile daily runs in the right conditions, yet equipped with comfortable cruising accommodations: what’s not to like? California-based Morrelli & Melvin has Read More
Just when it seemed impossible for another event to describe itself as the “Everest of round-the-world yacht races,” one has popped up on the radar that is, well, the Everest of round-the-world yacht races. The Brest Ultime Challenge is due to take place in 2019 and will be like the Vendée Globe in that it Read More
In the late 1970s, I spent a few months cruising the Windward and Leeward islands, gunkholing remote anchorages and living off the land, fish and fruit mostly. Sure, I was broke, but I was living like a king. Earlier in the year, I had raced across the South Atlantic from Cape Town to Uruguay, and Read More
Multihulls are famously stable. But the fact that they don’t heel also means their rigs carry higher loads. Unlike a monohull rig, a multihull rig must stand up to gusts and changes in wind direction. Read More
Even after more years of sailing than I care to admit, I can honestly say I learn at least something new every time I get out onto the water. This goes double whenever I have an opportunity to venture offshore aboard a brand-new boat: triple when I recently had the chance to help deliver a Read More