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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.
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
Never mind the silly intro—nor, for that matter, how odd it is seeing longtime Emirates Team New Zealand stalwart Nick Holroyd working for another country—in this video Softbank Team Japan technical director Holroyd provides the best overview of the factors involved in getting and ACC catamaran to foil we’ve ever seen. Of course, this being Read More
As evidence of just how far foiling has come in the America’s Cup, look no further than Oracle Team USA’s capsize this past Sunday. Time was that capsizing your boat could have signaled the end of your campaign, but not anymore. Remember when Oracle first dumped its AC72 while training on San Francisco Bay Read More
It’s been a strange Cup cycle. For all the press releases and hoopla surrounding the America’s Cup World series, AC35 continues to feel somehow distant—no surprise given it’s taking place off a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean—and this sense of distance has been only exacerbated by the lack of Cup boats. Read More
The antipodal summer of 2016-17 has proved to be the season when no round-the-world record was safe. First, in December, Frenchman Thomas Coville set a new solo round-the world record of 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes aboard the 110ft trimaran Sodebo. Then, soon afterward, Colville’s compatriot Armel Le Cléac’h not only won the Vendée Globe Read More
New Zealander Conrad Colman (who is also a longtime resident of the United States) has finished 16th in the Vendée Globe, after sailing the better part of the last month under jury rig: a truly epic effort. Despite his setbacks, Colman’s total elapsed time was 110 days 1 hour 58 minutes, meaning he still Read More
Following a 28-day “blackout,” during which no America’s Cup Class boats could be sailed, ORACLE Team USA has launched the 50ft foiling catamaran aboard which it hopes to defend the “Auld Mug” starting in May. The event comes hot on the heels of the British-flagged Land Rover BAR launch of its AC50 last week. “This Read More
As part of its reorganization in the wake of the 2012 London Olympics, where it failed to win a single medal, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team has been increasing its efforts to develop young sailors with an eye toward creating a “pipeline” that will provide experienced, effective rosters for future Olympiads. And it appears those Read More
By now, we at SAIL had been hoping to be able to publish photos of the new AC50s that will be taking part in the Louis Vuitton Elimination Series, which begins May 26, and the 35th America’s Cup set to take place in late June. However, it was not to be, thanks to a recently devised Read More