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.


Vendée Globe

Down to the Wire in Vendée Globe Thriller

British sailor Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss has been playing catch-up ever since pre-race favorite French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h aboard Banque Populaire VIII took the lead on December 2—thanks in no small part to Thomson losing his starboard daggerboard following a collision with an unidentified floating object. However, as the Vendée Globe enters its Read More

A pair of cruisers heads for Cuba after the start of last year’s cup. Photos courtesy of Karen Evens


Regatta: Conch Republic Cup

After a successful revival in 2016, the Conch Republic Cup is poised to hold another series of offshore and inshore races beginning January 22. The regatta kicks off with a 110-mile race from Key West, Florida, to Varadero, Cuba. This is followed by a 100-mile coastal jaunt from Varadero to Havana, where the fleet will Read More

In a break with the past, the Defender will also take part in the challenger elimination series. Photo courtesy of ACEA 2015/Ricardo Pinto

America's Cup

Cup Watch: Groundbreaking AC35 Regatta Format

At press time the world had yet to see the actual boats that will be competing in this year’s America’s Cup regatta in Bermuda. However, it did receive a racing schedule, and in contrast to AC regattas past, the Defender, Oracle Team USA, will be taking an active role in the challengers series—presumably to keep Read More


Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe Skipper Awaits Rescue

  French Vendée Globe competitor Kito de Pavant is currently awaiting rescue after his IMOCA 60 Bastide Otio struck an unidentified floating object that destroyed his keel housing, ripped off his aft keel mountings and left the appendage supported by only its hydraulic ram. De Pavant, who at the time of the collision was in Read More

Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe

France’s Vendée Globe

France’s Vendée Globe has to be seen to be believed Before leaving for Les Sables d’Olonne on the southwest coast of France this past November I told some curious non-sailing friends of mine that I was off to witness the start of the most popular sailboat race in the world. “You mean the America’s Cup?” Read More



Aussie Olympian to Lead U.S. Olympic Effort

US Sailing has selected of two-time 470 Olympic Champion and seven-time World Champion Malcolm Page, of Sydney, Australia, to serve as its director of Olympic Sailing, succeeding former SAIL editor Josh Adams as head of the national team and overall U.S. Olympic sailing effort. “Malcolm’s experience and expertise make him an ideal choice to lead Read More


Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe off to a Fast Start

The Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race is off to a fast start, following a spectacular sendoff in sparkling conditions this past Sunday. Not surprisingly, given the robust conditions out on notoriously rough Bay of Biscay, the newest generation of IMOCA 60s with their cutting-edge lifting foils has surged ahead, with Britain’s Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss Read More

Banque Populaire VIII is one of six brand-new boats that will be lining up at the start

Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe Set to Start

What to make of the Vendée Globe solo, nonstop round-the-world sailboat race set to start off Les Sables d’Olonne, France, November 6? Is it the ultimate expression of France’s insatiable appetite for all things offshore sailing? The ultimate in monohull sailing technology? The ultimate sailboat race? The ultimate sporting event, period? Truth be told, the Read More

Photos courtesy of Rolex/Danial Forster

Sail Racing

Do You Know Your Racing Signals?

 A sampling of some of the more common signal flags and what they mean. Take the quiz to test your knowledge!   How to Race Your Cruiser 13 Ways to Make Your Cruiser Faster (and Luckier?) Some Good Races for Beginners July 2015 Read More

Keeping an MOB victim afloat was only the beginning of the design brief for these jackets

America's Cup

America’s Cup: PFDs and a New Venue

PFDs and a New Venue While windage has long been a concern aboard high-performance sailboats, racing a full-foiling catamaran at 40-plus knots takes the question of streamlining to a whole new level. Same thing with safety: when sailing in gale-force apparent winds, every little bit helps. It was with this in mind that Spinlock, working Read More