It’s a Lucky 13th for Rich Wilson American sailor Rich Wilson has not only completed his second Ve...
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.
Bermuda’s 75-degree water makes sailing foiling catamarans pretty fantastic. Let’s be frank, San Francisco is a cold place to sail. And the fact that you’re on a boat being hosed with spray and 50 knots of apparent wind as normal operating conditions doesn’t make things any easier. Dry suits were common, wetsuits were a must. Read More
The 35th America’s Cup, set to take place on Bermuda’s Great Sound, officially kicks off May 26 with the start of the Louis Vuitton Qualifiers, comprised of a pair of elimination rounds that conclude June 12. The winner then takes on the Defender, Oracle Team USA, in a best of 13 series beginning June 17. Read More
Will long-term commitments and new funding result in Olympic success? If one thing has become evident in Olympic sailing, it’s that experience counts. No longer can a sailor decide to throw his or her hat into the ring a couple of years in advance of the next Games and hope to medal. Olympic sailing is Read More
Oracle Team USA It would be hard to overestimate the strengths of the Defender, Oracle Team USA. A team comprised of some of the best sailing talent in the world, including such veterans as tactician Tom Slingsby and wing-trimmer Kyle Langford—both critical elements in the team’s 2013 win? Check. Oodles of design experience with full-foiling Read More
The crew of the Farr PH 56 Monterey has reportedly abandoned ship after the boat began taking on water. The cause of the water ingress is as yet unknown. According to the Antigua Bermuda Race Committee, the crew and its skipper, Les Crain of Bermuda, are safe and well after having transferred onto the Volvo Read More
Even as the America’s Cup continues to drift farther and farther away from North American sailing fans, the Volvo Ocean Race continues to sink deeper roots in U.S. soil. First, there was the decision to return to Newport, Rhode Island, site of one of the more successful stopovers during the 2014-15 race. Then came the Read More
Alex Thomson on the dock in Les Sables d’Olonne, wearing earbuds to drown out the roar of the madding crowd, the day before the start of the Vendée Globe this past November As I write this the two leading sailors in the Vendée Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire and Alex Thomson on Hugo Read More
In the 34th America’s Cup, simply getting your AC72 airborne was a big challenge, with remaining airborne through a gybe was like the “Holy Grail.” Now full-foiling gybes have become routine and full-foiling tacks are the name of the game, not just in terms of boatspeed, but in the way they open things up tactically. Read More
Meet our new favorite America’s Cup skipper: Franck Cammas of Groupama Team France, the French sailing legend who says he perfectly comfortable occupying the position of underdog in the run-up to the 35th Cup. A tenacious sailor who has won pretty much everything else in sailing that there is, he revels in the technical details Read More