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.

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Volvo Ocean Race

Back to the Future for Volvo Race

In what is being described as a return to the Volvo Ocean Race’s roots, the route for the 2017-18 will feature almost three times as much Southern Ocean racing as the previous running. No longer will crews have to contend with an often light-air slog north through the Indian Ocean (and, incidentally, through some of Read More

Hastreiter (center) had an interesting transition from the mountains of Wyoming to the Southern Ocean seas

Profiles

An Interview with Sara Hastreiter

In a sport dominated by men, Team SCA was not just the only the all-female team to compete in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, it was also the first all-female team to complete in the VOR in 12 years. Andy Schell recently spoke to team member Sara Hastreiter about what ocean racing is like and Read More

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America's Cup

Kiwis Win 35th America’s Cup

It’s long been said that the fastest boat is the one that wins the America’s Cup, and the 35th regatta for the Auld Mug was no exception. From the outset two weekends ago when Emirates Team New Zealand handily won four straight races in the first-to-seven series, it was evident that the Defender, Oracle Team Read More

24/06/2017 - Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - 35th America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton, Day 3

America's Cup

America’s Cup: Kiwis on the Cusp of Victory

For a brief shining moment on Saturday, Cup fans had a glimpse of a hard-fought close battle for the America’s Cup, when the Defender Oracle Team USA finally managed to pull out a win. But then came Sunday. At the close of the first two days of America’s Cup racing the previous weekend, Oracle skipper Read More

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Sail Racing

Comanche: Across the Atlantic

Ever wonder what it’s like sailing aboard the 100ft super-maxi Comanche. Well, now’s your chance to find out in a new documentary produced by Great Big Story that chronicles the boat’s record-breaking transatlantic passage in 2016. In addition to eye-popping sailing footage, the film also includes interviews with some Comanche’s principal players, including skipper Ken Read More

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There are no bad seats at the finish line for the 35th America’s Cup

America's Cup

No Longer an America’s Cup Skeptic

I’ll admit it, I was a skeptic, or at best ambivalent, about the whole America’s Cup thing. Then last Thursday Jimmy Spithill flew the Oracle boat at full foiling speed 10ft off our beam in 15 knots of breeze in Great Sound Bermuda. All we heard was the whoosh of foils boiling along in the Read More

Oracle Team USA spent of a lot of this past weekend with a clear view of Emirates Team New Zealand’s transoms

America's Cup

America’s Cup: Kiwis in Control Thus Far

Following the first two days of racing in the America’s Cup finals—the actual “America’s Cup,” as it were—Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill all but admitted that challenger-of-record, Emirates Team New Zealand, has his number saying, “The next five days are the most important of the campaign.” Translation: Spithill’s team has five days until racing Read More

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America's Cup

America’s Cup: Kiwis versus Oracle in the Finals

On a light-wind day that saw Race 1 thrown out when neither team made it to the finish within the 25-minute time limit, Emirates Team New Zealand fulfilled pre-regatta expectations by becoming the official challenger for the America’s Cup. The 5 – 2 win over Sweden’s Artemis Racing sets the stage for a re-match of Read More

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America's Cup

New Zealand Goes Up 4 to 2 in Playoffs

For a brief moment on Sunday, Artemis had it tied up 2 – 2 with Emirates Team New Zealand on the second day of the America’s Cup challenger playoffs finals after the team took the first race of the day. By the end of racing, though, ETNZ had jumped ahead to a commanding 4 – Read More

Although Landrover BAR took one of the races on Thursday, it wasn’t enough to stave off elimination

America's Cup

Bowing out in style: The Brits Go Home

The America’s Cup village looked forlorn on Wednesday, Day 3 of the challenger semi-finals. The 30-knot gusts that had forced racing to be canceled had the few visitors—most of them from the massive cruise ship docked alongside—chasing their hats across the asphalt and blew the froth off their beers. The teams’ hangar-sized workshops were buttoned Read More

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