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In many ways we are living in a new Golden Age of sailboat racing, and SAIL magazine covers it all, from the America’s Cup to solo-sailing races like the Vendée Globe and the new boat designs, gear and electronics systems that make these incredible feats of seamanship possible.
It’s been a strange Cup cycle. For all the press releases and hoopla surrounding the America’s Cup World series, AC35 continues to feel somehow distant—no surprise given it’s taking place off a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean—and this sense of distance has been only exacerbated by the lack of Cup boats. Read More
The antipodal summer of 2016-17 has proved to be the season when no round-the-world record was safe. First, in December, Frenchman Thomas Coville set a new solo round-the world record of 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes aboard the 110ft trimaran Sodebo. Then, soon afterward, Colville’s compatriot Armel Le Cléac’h not only won the Vendée Globe Read More
New Zealander Conrad Colman (who is also a longtime resident of the United States) has finished 16th in the Vendée Globe, after sailing the better part of the last month under jury rig: a truly epic effort. Despite his setbacks, Colman’s total elapsed time was 110 days 1 hour 58 minutes, meaning he still Read More
Following a 28-day “blackout,” during which no America’s Cup Class boats could be sailed, ORACLE Team USA has launched the 50ft foiling catamaran aboard which it hopes to defend the “Auld Mug” starting in May. The event comes hot on the heels of the British-flagged Land Rover BAR launch of its AC50 last week. “This Read More
As part of its reorganization in the wake of the 2012 London Olympics, where it failed to win a single medal, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team has been increasing its efforts to develop young sailors with an eye toward creating a “pipeline” that will provide experienced, effective rosters for future Olympiads. And it appears those Read More
By now, we at SAIL had been hoping to be able to publish photos of the new AC50s that will be taking part in the Louis Vuitton Elimination Series, which begins May 26, and the 35th America’s Cup set to take place in late June. However, it was not to be, thanks to a recently devised Read More
With less than a day to go in the Vendée Globe, it appears Armel Le Cléac’h aboard Banque Populaire VIII will successfully fend off the recent challenge by British sailor Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss and finish first in Les Sables d’Olonne, France: despite Thomson’s having cut the gap between them to a mere 35 Read More
British sailor Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss has been playing catch-up ever since pre-race favorite French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h aboard Banque Populaire VIII took the lead on December 2—thanks in no small part to Thomson losing his starboard daggerboard following a collision with an unidentified floating object. However, as the Vendée Globe enters its Read More
Olympic Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine (San Diego, CA) and IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, CA.) have been selected as US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Paine and Moroz will be honored on Thursday, March 2 during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan when they Read More
The sailors who compete in the Vendée Globe truly are a breed apart As I write this the two leading sailors in the Vendée Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire and Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss, are heading up the Atlantic Ocean toward the Doldrums, and what I’m wondering is this: what the heck Read More