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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.

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

Ian Walker (left) and the rest of the Azzam crew celebrate their 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race win after stepping off the boat at the conclusion of Leg 9 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Wins Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam and skipper Ian Walker made it official today by clinching the overall win in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race following a fifth-place finish in the ninth and final offshore leg from Lorient, France, to Gothenburg, Sweden. Read More

After months of being relegated to the sidelines, SCA (pictured) and Vestas Wind are now right back in the thick of things as possible spoilers for those boats still struggling to secure a podium finish. Photo courtesy of VOR/Ainhoa Sanchez

Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Dogfight

Although Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam appears to have pretty much wrapped up the overall win for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race following the penultimate leg from Lisbon to Lorient, France, the battle for second and third is set to continue right up until the bitter end. Read More

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SCA Grabs Volvo Ocean Race Win

Volvo Ocean Race

SCA Scores Volvo Ocean Race Win

    An upset, an incredible comeback and what looks to be the crowning of a new champion: Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race may have been a short one, but there was certainly no lack of drama. First and foremost, the 647-mile sprint from Lisbon, Portugal, to Lorient, France, provided a kind of Read More

Photo by Jorge Andreu, couresty of Barcelona World Race

Sail Racing

Around the World in 84 Days

When it comes to double-handed endurance sailing, the Barcelona World Race (BWR) is Mount Everest: 23,322 miles, nonstop, leaving the three great capes to port and Antarctica to starboard. The BWR kicked off on December 31 and within weeks Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, sailing aboard the IMOCA 60 Cheminées Poujoulat, were in pole Read More

Look for more incredibly close racing from start to finish in Leg 8. Here fully half of fleet is fully visible from the deck of Alvimedica midway through Leg 7. Photo courtesy of VOR/Amory Ross

Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Race Set to Cross Bay of Biscay

In Volvo Ocean Race terms, the upcoming 647-mile leg from Lisbon, Portugal, to Lorient, France, looks like little more than a daysail, especially when viewed in the context of the course as a whole. However, the sailors themselves know that Leg 8, which begins this Sunday, will be anything but a cakewalk. First, the fleet Read More

Alvimedica shows Dongfeng the way home after passing its rival within sight of the finish in Lisbon

Volvo Ocean Race

Dramatic Volvo Ocean Race Finish in Lisbon

So much for the match race between Dongfeng and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam. In the run-up to Leg 7 from Newport, Rhode Island, to Lisbon, Portugal, it was pretty much assumed that, barring any kind of catastrophe, overall leader Azzam had the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race well in hand. The one possible threat was Read More

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