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.

Dee Smith will be competing in his first Paralympics

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Paralympic Team Ready for Rio

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

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Relaxing Aboard Comanche at 22 knots

“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

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SAIL Olympics Update: U.S. women’s 470 sailors come up short

  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

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SAIL Olympics Update: Sailboard medals and 470 excitement

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

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SAIL Olympics Update: Where Things Stand for the U.S. Team

After strong winds and big seas offshore on Thursday, things went light on Friday for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta, prompting delays in all classes as their race committees waited for the winds to first come in and then settle on a direction. The break in the action, however, provided an excellent opportunity to take Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: Strong Day for U.S. 470 Women

Although it was a rest day for Paige Railey in the Laser Radial class, it appears U.S. 470 sailors Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha are following in her footsteps, scoring both high and low in their two races today, leaving them in a position to still make a bid for the podium. Elsewhere, it was Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: Plenty of Breeze, More Tough Racing

A low overcast, rain and winds that varied dramatically from course to course marked Day 4 of the 2016 Olympic regatta, a day in which the event can be said to have truly hit its stride as six of the 10 classes have now had a chance to compete. Inside Guanabara Bay, the wind would Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: Light Air and Tough Sailing

The U.S. sailing team knew going into the 2016 Olympics that the winds on Rio’s Guanabara Bay are often quite light. The team also knew it was going to have to battle for every place in every class in every race if it was to bring home any medals. And on Day 2 of the Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: Gutsy Sailing by Railey on Day 1

Laser Radial veteran Paige Railey credits Buddhist meditation with having made her a better sailor, and you can’t help but wonder if her years of meditation didn’t come through for her in a big way during Day 1 of the 2016 Olympic regatta  on Rio’s Guanabara Bay. Although the sailing conditions were excellent, with a Read More

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