For the fifth Olympic Games in a row, Great Britain has won a gold medal in the Finn class, with Gil...
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.
US Sailing has selected of two-time 470 Olympic Champion and seven-time World Champion Malcolm Page, of Sydney, Australia, to serve as its director of Olympic Sailing, succeeding former SAIL editor Josh Adams as head of the national team and overall U.S. Olympic sailing effort. “Malcolm’s experience and expertise make him an ideal choice to lead Read More
What to make of the Vendée Globe solo, nonstop round-the-world sailboat race set to start off Les Sables d’Olonne, France, November 6? Is it the ultimate expression of France’s insatiable appetite for all things offshore sailing? The ultimate in monohull sailing technology? The ultimate sailboat race? The ultimate sporting event, period? Truth be told, the Read More
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
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
“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
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
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
Finn sailor Caleb Paine has gotten the U.S. Sailing Team back into the medal business for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning bronze after dominating today’s medal race with a first-place finish. Paine went into today’s race in fourth place, but more than made up for the 5-point deficit that existed between Read More
Everyone knew the wind can shut down on Rio’s Guanabara Bay from time to time, and shut down it did on Day 8 of the 2016 Olympic regatta. The only races that came off were those held on the open Atlantic on the Niteroi and Copacabana courses, where the 49er and 49erFX classes competed. Read More
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