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.

IchorCoal shortly after the start of the 2015-16 Clipper Round the World Race

Sail Racing

Eight Bells: Andrew Ashman, Lost in Clipper Race

In retrospect it seems incredible that over 20 years of racing, not a single one of the approximately 3,300 amateur sailors taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race has been lost. Unfortunately, that perfect record ended this past September shortly after the start of the running of the 2015-16 event when English sailor Read More

Joe Harris (inset) is finally setting out on his long-held dream to make his mark with a solo voyage around the world

Sail Racing

Joe Harris Prepping for Solo Circumnav

After decades of dreaming about racing around the world, veteran shorthanded racer Joe Harris will set out to make his dream a reality next month when he attempts to set a new solo-circumnavigation record aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2. Harris—who already has 60,000 offshore race miles to his credit—will start and finish off Newport, Rhode Island, Read More

Even after nearly two weeks at sea, MAPFRE and Brunel remained neck and neck as they rounded Cape Horn. Photo courtesy of Rick Tomlinson/VOR

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is Back…

For years the Volvo Ocean Race has been synonymous with images of boats blasting their way through the Southern Ocean smothered in foam. This time around, though, a new kind of image has come to define the race—crews locked in battle within sight of one another for days on end, sometimes finishing mere minutes apart Read More

Hoisting an A-sail can be tough going sometimes, even in paradise...

Sail Racing

The Challenges of the St. Barth CataCup

The breakers over the reef protecting the bay were white with froth, and the air carried a salty tang from the flying spray. Sailing out to the starting line, we encountered 6ft rollers combined with a confused chop—the product of a stiff wind out of the east that had been building for days. Faced with Read More

On edge: the 100ft Comanche at speed shortly after the start. Photos courtesy of Daniel Forster/NYYC

Sail Racing

Comanche Makes Her Mark in 2015 Transatlantic Race

Nine months after her launch at the Hodgdon Yachts yard in East Boothbay, Maine, Jim Clark’s purpose-built 100ft super-maxi Comanche set a new 24-hour monohull speed record of 618.01 nautical miles midway through last July’s Transatlantic Race. In setting the new record, Comanche bested the mark set by skipper Torben Grael and company aboard the Read More


Sail Racing

Ryan Breymaier and Lending Club Breaking Sailing Records

What happens when a multi-millionaire and a top-level racing sailor get their heads together and decide to break a few sailing records? Well, it’s not an unfamiliar story, and in this case it involves Renaud Laplanche, CEO of the online peer-to-peer lending company Lending Club, and pro racer Ryan Breymaier. The two met during the Read More

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/

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