Sail Racing

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.

Towill (center) and Enright (right) sailing off Cape Horn during the 2014-15 VOR

Volvo Ocean Race

U.S. Sailors Enright and Towill Aiming for Another VOR

Alvimedica co-leaders Charlie Enright and Mark Towill have announced they are collaborating with the marine environmental group 11th Hour Racing to take another stab at the Volvo Ocean Race, in which they finished fifth out of seven overall in the 2014-15 edition. The new team, named 55 South, has set as its goal not only Read More

The Atlantic Cup’s inshore series is always hotly contested

Regattas

Atlantic Cup One-design Class40 Regatta

Now in its fifth year, the Atlantic Cup, a one-design Class40 regatta featuring inshore racing, a pair of offshore legs and a hefty cash purse for the winners, is expecting to attract up to 10 boats by the time the starting gun sounds this May. First to sign up this time around was skipper Mike Read More

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Sail Racing

The Newport-Bermuda Race and the Great Lakes

This year marks the 50th running of the iconic 635-mile biennial Newport-Bermuda Race, and if the past is any indication, expect to see any number of freshwater sailors taking part in the “thrash to the onion patch.” In fact, Great Lakes sailors have been racing to Bermuda for almost as long as there’s been a Read More

The four speedsters looking to set records included (clockwise from left) GryphonSolo 2, IDEC Sport, Spindrift 2 and Croix du Sud. Photos courtesy of (clockwise from left) Billy Black, JM LIOT/DPPI/IDEC; Yann Riou/Spindrift Racing; by yacht/n Gunter

Sail Racing

2 Global Match Races

When the weather starts growing chilly in the Northern Hemisphere that can mean only one thing: time for the offshore racing community to start eyeing round-the-world record attempts. At press time this meant no less than four different campaigns at sea constituting two distinct match-races reminiscent of the clipper ship races of old, in which Read More

Dreaded Cape Horn can only look on in wonder as a whole new kind of boat goes whizzing by. Photo courtesy of teamwork.net

Sail Racing

Full-Foiling in the Fifties

French sailing hero Franck Cammas has sailed many different kinds boats in many different kinds of places. Until recently he’d also doubled Cape Horn twice, including as skipper aboard the 70ft Groupama en route to an overall win in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. It’s safe to say, though, that in terms of unique passages, Read More

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Team Merlin pushes hard to windward at the 2015 BVI Spring Regatta

Regattas

Regatta Time in the BVI

There’s no bad time to charter in the British Virgin Islands. You’ll get your dose of sun, sea and breeze whatever time of year you visit. To me, though, the BVI are at their best around the end of March—just about when the Northeast, where I live, is emerging yawning and stretching from its blanket Read More

Photo courtesy of Teri Dodds/ISAF

Sail Racing

2015 Para World Sailing Championship

A Tough Break Down Under The second race of Day 3 of the 2015 Para World Sailing Championship in Melbourne, Australia, turned wild and more than a bit ugly when the already gusty 20-knot breezes suddenly ramped up to 30 knots and more. Among the crews most hard hit were U.S. SKUD 18 sailors Ryan Read More

Sail Racing

Foiling Moth for the Masses

The dream of high-performance full-foiling racing has become that much more attainable with the introduction of the Waszp, a mass-produced one-design that sells for under $12,000, about half the price of a Moth. The Waszp comes from the drawing board of Aussie designer Andrew McDougall, creator of the cutting-edge Mach 2 foiling Moth, and features Read More

Laser sailors now have a newer, more durable sail to carry them to victory

Sail Racing

New Class-Legal Laser Sail

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has unveiled a completely new class-legal design for the Laser standard rig sail, the first time in 40 years that the design has been substantially updated. Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new design features bi-radial panels, a heavier 4.5 ounce cloth and optimized reinforcement patches, all Read More

A lack of shoreside facilities isn’t stopping the Geneva Lake Keelboat Club from mixing things up around the buoys

Sail Racing

Virtual Yacht Clubs, Real-World Fun

In an effort to accommodate a growing number of local racers, the Geneva Lake Keelboat Club (GLKC: glkcsail.com) and Gage Marine/Pier 290, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, have created a “virtual-yacht-club/virtual-regatta” program that employs some clever technology to keep its fleet sailing. According to GLKC commodore Patrick Evens, the club supplies the race committee, committee boat Read More

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