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.

A look at Safran’s new L-shaped foils, which she will use during the 2016 Vendée Globe Race. Photo couresty of Barcelona

Sail Racing

Tech Talk: Blue Water Foiling

Emirates Team New Zealand opened the world’s eyes to the awe-inspiring speeds of fully crewed foiling boats when it first took flight aboard its AC72-class catamaran in August of 2012. Since then, hydrofoils have been used to win the 34th America’s Cup, to lift new one-design classes skyward, to optimize “racer-cruiser” cats like the new Read More

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the stuff of legend after his 312 days at sea rounding the globe. Photos courtesy of Bill Rowntree/PPL

Sail Racing

Golden Globe Race Around the World Goes Retro

In 1968, Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper sponsored the Golden Globe Race—the world’s first nonstop solo race around the world, something many people believed to be an impossible undertaking at the time. Sailing historians know the legends that were forged in that first race—of Bernard Moitessier, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and, tragically, Donald Crowhurst. But it’s likely Read More

Robert Suhay at the helm

Sail Racing

New Laser Offshore Record for Robert Suhay

Veteran endurance sailor Robert Suhay broke his own record for the longest unassisted solo voyage in a dinghy this past July when he sailed 346.1 nautical miles from Morehead City, North Carolina, to Annapolis, Maryland. Suhay, 52, of Norfolk, Virginia, had previously set a record of 283.5 nautical miles and took a little under four Read More

The jib tracks and main traveller on this boat are some nice go-fast features, the solar panels and cockpit canvas, not so much. Photos by Blake Jackson/MarbleheadStudios.com

Sail Racing

13 Ways to Make Your Cruiser Faster (and Luckier?)

Practice: Good sailhandling doesn’t just happen: it takes practice. In preparation for your first big race, take the crew out and throw in a bunch of gybes, tacks and mark roundings. You might be surprised at how quickly you get better. It can also be a lot of fun! Lose weight/windage: Emptying your water tanks Read More

A pair of cruisers duel at the start of the Queen’s Cup on Lake Michigan. Photo by Tom Lynn

Sail Racing

Some Good Races for Beginners

Although it’s the Key West Race Weeks and Volvo Ocean Races that get the lion’s share of the yachting press’s attention, low-key races abound, pretty much anywhere there’s a decent number of sailboats. To find them, try visiting the websites of your local yacht club or PHRF committee. Another great way to get involved is Read More

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Sail Racing

Dauphin Island Race Disaster: Storm Takes Lives of Six Racing Sailors on Mobile Bay

Tragedy rocked Alabama’s Dauphin Island Race on April 25, when a massive storm cell barreled across the racecourse, capsizing vessels and throwing boaters—both racing sailors and other recreational mariners—into the water. Nine boats were capsized or sunk, three of them racing sailboats, and six lives were lost—all of them regatta participants. This anual 18-mile race Read More

Sail Racing

Rio’s Polluted Playing Field

A conversation about the next Olympic sailing venue The Olympics represent the pinnacle of sport and a rare opportunity for athletes to compete on an international playing field for national glory and personal achievement. But what if the playing field is neither safe nor fair? Prior to winning its bid to host the XXXI Olympiad, Read More

A flotilla of LOWISA boats

Regattas

Cross-Border Traditions

The Lake of the Woods International Sailing Association will proudly celebrate its 50th annual “LOWISA” regatta the week of August 1-8, and adventure-oriented sailors from both sides of the Canadian border are invited. If you like the idea of spending a week stage-racing along a 100-mile course that wends past glacier-carved islands and offers a Read More

Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Back on Track

And the winner of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race is…the Volvo Ocean Race! In the days and weeks following the conclusion of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race there were some serious doubts as to whether the race was viable anymore, due to the seemingly prohibitive cost of mounting a campaign and the fragile nature of Read More

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