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.

Keeping an MOB victim afloat was only the beginning of the design brief for these jackets

America's Cup

America’s Cup: PFDs and a New Venue

PFDs and a New Venue While windage has long been a concern aboard high-performance sailboats, racing a full-foiling catamaran at 40-plus knots takes the question of streamlining to a whole new level. Same thing with safety: when sailing in gale-force apparent winds, every little bit helps. It was with this in mind that Spinlock, working Read More

Dee Smith will be competing in his first Paralympics


Paralympic Team Ready for Rio

Although the 2016 Olympics may be done and dusted, there’s still a lot of racing to be done on Rio’s Guanabara Bay, thanks to the Paralympic Games, scheduled for September 7-18. The United States is sending six sailors to this year’s games who will be competing in three classes: the SKUD-18, the 2.4mR and the Read More


Sail Racing

Relaxing Aboard Comanche at 22 knots

“Don’t let anyone know how easy this is,” North Sails president Ken Read said. “Sure, no problem,” I said, far more concerned with how long he’d let me keep steering. At the moment I was at the helm of Jim and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s 100ft super-Maxi Comanche, steering the boat on a close reach in around Read More



SAIL Olympics Update: U.S. women’s 470 sailors come up short

  The U.S. Sailing Team will have to settle for Caleb Paine’s single bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta following a heart-stopping and heartbreaking medal race in the women’s 470 class. U.S. sailors Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha had been in third place overall going into the race and actually led the fleet Read More



SAIL Olympics Update: Lack of wind prolongs suspense for 470 women

The wind failed to cooperate today in the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta in Rio, forcing organizers to postpone the medal races for both the men’s and women’s 470 classes, setting up a big closing day for the event tomorrow, with no less than four classes going for the gold. Even more important, it means that Read More



SAIL Olympics Update: Sailboard medals and 470 excitement

The first medals of the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta were decided today as both the men’s and women’s RS:X classes held their final races following a postponement due to light winds. Meanwhile, in the Finn class, U.S. sailor Caleb Paine is back in contention for a medal after successfully petitioning to overturn his disqualification in Read More

Groupama’s souped-up AC45 is serving as a test bed for things like foils and controls systems. Photo by Groupama/Eloi Stichelbaut

America's Cup

AC45s on Steroids

As the 2016 America’s Cup World Series begins drawing to a close, the Defender and five challengers are increasingly turning the focus of their efforts to the Cup itself: as is evident in the launching of various “prototypes” designed to both hone their skills and further develop whatever technologies they may be working on. Basically Read More



SAIL Olympics Update: Where Things Stand for the U.S. Team

After strong winds and big seas offshore on Thursday, things went light on Friday for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta, prompting delays in all classes as their race committees waited for the winds to first come in and then settle on a direction. The break in the action, however, provided an excellent opportunity to take Read More



SAIL Olympics Update: Strong Day for U.S. 470 Women

Although it was a rest day for Paige Railey in the Laser Radial class, it appears U.S. 470 sailors Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha are following in her footsteps, scoring both high and low in their two races today, leaving them in a position to still make a bid for the podium. Elsewhere, it was Read More