American Promise: 2008 Olympic Preview

by Sail Staff, Posted January 23, 2008
Last October, the nation’s top Olympic-class sailors put years of training and sacrifice on the line during the two-week U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Trials - Sailing. The cream rose to the top during this marathon event, in which winner takes all and earns a position on the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team and the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team.

A young team of mostly first-time Olympians

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XX Games

by Sail Staff, Posted January 22, 2008
Betsy waves me over as I jump off the stern of La Mouette, our chartered Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 453, into the warm waters of Cooper Island’s Manchioneel Bay. My mask and fins are already on. Betsy has found an octopus hiding against a rock shelf; it pulls an empty conch shell over itself when I get too close. I follow a couple of stingrays over to a reef where I spy a school of sergeant majors,

Walkin' the Dock at Key West

by Sail Staff, Posted January 21, 2008
By David Schmidt

Getting here isn’t easy. For some, it involves a multi-leg prop-job hop from a major airport to a local airport to the tiny airstrip known as Key West. For me, it involved a hair-raising journey on a jet-powered CRJ that managed to land on a very short runway, one rear wheel in contact with Planet Earth before the side winds relented, full contact was made,


Joyon Rules On Planet Earth

by Sail Staff, Posted January 20, 2008
Francis Joyon completed his solo round-the-world voyage in 57 days, 13 hours 34 minutes, smashing Ellen MacArthur's existing record by 14 days. The IDEC trimaran crossed the finish line off Brest on Sunday, January 20 at 00:39:58 French time, making Joyon for a second time the fastest solo yachtsman around the world.

For more, follow the link to Kimball Livingston's blog entry on


What a Fiasco!

by Sail Staff, Posted January 18, 2008

By Kimball Livingston


There's no explaining the Three Bridge Fiasco to people who expect things to make sense. We're talking about a race sailed in the dead of winter, when you can't count on breeze on San Francisco Bay, but you can expect the currents to be running big-time. A bay, we call it, because the sea floods in, but the Golden Gate is also a drain spout for 16 rivers


Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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