The Shosholoza Meteor, the BMW Oracle Freight Train

by Sail Staff, Posted April 24, 2007
By Kimball Livingston

Ninety seconds into the matchup between New Zealand and Areva, I could look up the racecourse and say, I want that boat. NZL 92. Same story in the BMW Oracle walkover of Victory Challenge. Then came Shosholoza's upset win over Luna Rossa and BMW Oracle's razor-thin win over that same frustrated Italian team and some of the weariness of day after day of

Inshore Racing

Learning to fly

by David Schmidt, Posted April 23, 2007
The emergence of the Foiler Moth has been one of sailing’s most pyrotechnic developments. The Moth is a development class which by definition, means that it’s capable of true innovation, such as hydrofoiling at speeds up to 27.9 knots. It was only recently that Foiler Moths—the Bladerider, the Prowler, the Mistress, and the Hungry Tiger—became commercially

Rebooting the LVC

by Sail Staff, Posted April 22, 2007
You don't have to be sitting in the back room to know that the challengers are at odds with event management over how to "fix" the series to compensate for weather delays that have thoroughly destroyed the schedule. In a Saturday night meeting of 10 of the 11 America's Cup challengers—+39 was absent, whatever that means—some of the rescheduling decisions of event management were

How Do We Know What We Know ?

by Sail Staff, Posted April 19, 2007
By Kimball Livingston, in Valencia

It was Ken MacAlpine day in Valencia, with the chief measurer of the AC class taking questions that grew out of the "deflecting keel" buzz. There's a lot of smoke, but not much heat.

The speculation has been that Alinghi (and/or others not excluding BMW Oracle) might be trying to use any of various means to control what I'll call keel


The Silver Plated Lining

by Sail Staff, Posted April 18, 2007
By Kimball Livingston, in Valencia

Three days in a row—calmed out—set a record for the Louis Vuitton Cup, but China Team found a way to be upbeat. It's all timing, baby. The Answering Pennant (signalling postponement) is becoming the official flag of the Louis Vuitton Cup. It's frustrating to go out for a sail without a sailing breeze, but there's no place in the world


Footage of the Race Leaders Rounding Cape Horn

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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