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.

The 100ft WallyCentos Magic Carpet³ (left) and Open Season battle to windward at the 2015 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Photo courtesy of Rolex SA

Sail Racing

Grand Prix Monohulls

Time was that massive racing monohulls represented the cutting edge of yacht design. The famed schooner America, with her radical lines and sails, set the example for subsequent America’s Cups through to the 1930s, the era of the magnificent J Class. It was a similar story with the larger “skimming-dish” centerboard schooners of the 1870s. Read More

Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will compete in the 49erFX class

Sail Racing

U.S. Olympic Team Takes Shape

With the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics only a few months away, the U.S. Olympic sailing team is fast coming into focus as the athletes compete for spots based on their results in a pair designated regattas for each class. At press time, the roster already included two familiar names: Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey, Read More

The fleet sets out from Miami for once-forbidden Havana.

Sail Racing

A Visit to Cuban Waters as Part of the Miami to Havana Race

“Tack! Tack!” I roared. “Those are the lights of Cuba over there. We don’t need any gunboats threatening us.” It was 1974. We were returning from a winter in the West Indies aboard Golden Eagle, a classic 72ft wooden ketch. After leaving Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, we rounded the west end of Cuba, taking Read More

Robin Knox-Johnston and Suhaili at the finish of the first Golden Globe race. Photo courtesy of Bill Rowntree/PPL

Sail Racing

Waterlines: 2018 Golden Globe Race

Will there ever be another ocean race as dramatic and compelling as the 1968-69 Golden Globe? It’s hard to imagine. This legendary competition, the first to lead solo sailors on a nonstop course around the world, was so imbued with pathos that it has inspired interest among both sailors and the general public for nearly Read More

America’s Cup racing has changed a lot since its original New York days

America's Cup

America’s Cup Returns to NYC

Love it or hate it, there is one undeniably fun aspect to the 35th America’s Cup—the way the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is being spread across the globe so that fans can get a close look at the action without having to hit the road. It also makes for some interesting historical notes: Read More

Good communication is vital to a successful and happy racing program

Sail Racing

10 Tips For Getting Started in Racing

For years, you’ve watched raceboats strut around the buoys, their crews tweaking lines or pulling off well-choreographed maneuvers requiring hours of practice and polish. While cruising may be your raison d’être, you can’t help but notice that racers know how to really make a boat go, a useful skill for any sailor. There’s also no Read More

Sail Racing

U.S Sailing Team Entering the Olympic Homestretch

In January, US Sailing Team Sperry took a big step toward what it hopes will be a successful 2016 Olympic regatta in Rio de Janeiro by winning gold and bronze at the Sailing World Cup Miami regatta. It posted strong results in a number of other classes as well. Winning gold were 470 sailors Stuart Read More

The smallest boat in the fleet, Quikpoint Azzuro, very nearly won the whole thing. Photos courtesy of Rolex/kurt arrigo

Sail Racing

2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

Nearly a third of the fleet drops out within two days of the start After years of failing to live up to its reputation as the toughest offshore race of them all, the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race was one to remember, with tough weather and even tougher luck beating up the 108-boat fleet from Read More

Electrical problems proved to be GryphonSolo2’s undoing. Photo courtesy of Billy Black

Sail Racing

Solo, Crewed Circumnavigation Attempts Go Bust

Despite their massive boats, massive logistics and even more massive budgets, neither French solo-sailing legend Francis Joyon aboard the 103ft IDEC Sport nor Swiss sailor Dona Bertarelli aboard the 131ft Sprindrift 2 succeeded in their Jules Verne Trophy attempts begun late last fall. Though the two tris and their crews performed magnificently, with both efforts Read More

Towill (center) and Enright (right) sailing off Cape Horn during the 2014-15 VOR

Volvo Ocean Race

U.S. Sailors Enright and Towill Aiming for Another VOR

Alvimedica co-leaders Charlie Enright and Mark Towill have announced they are collaborating with the marine environmental group 11th Hour Racing to take another stab at the Volvo Ocean Race, in which they finished fifth out of seven overall in the 2014-15 edition. The new team, named 55 South, has set as its goal not only Read More