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 Land Rover BAR team launches its spanking-new AC50 in Bermuda

Sail Racing

Setting Sail for the America’s Cup

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 maxi-tri IDEC Sport averaged an incredible 26.85 knots over the course of its circumnavigation

Sail Racing

Round-the-World Records Tumble

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

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Vendée Globe

Colman Finishes Epic Vendée Under Jury Rig

  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

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America's Cup

ORACLE Launches America’s Cup Boat

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

Rogers and Parkin make knots on their way to the gold medal

Olympics

Three U.S. Medals at Youth Sailing Worlds

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

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The six-person cockpit on one of Artemis Racing’s two ‘turbos’

America's Cup

America’s Cup: A Dramatic Pause

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

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Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe End Game

With less than a day to go in the Vendée Globe, it appears Armel Le Cléac’h aboard Banque Populaire VIII will successfully fend off the recent challenge by British sailor Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss and finish first in Les Sables d’Olonne, France: despite Thomson’s having cut the gap between them to a mere 35 Read More

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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

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Sail Racing

Paine, Moroz Named U.S. Sailors of the Year

Olympic Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine (San Diego, CA) and IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, CA.) have been selected as US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Paine and Moroz will be honored on Thursday, March 2 during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan when they Read More

Photo courtesy of Charlie Doane

Vendée Globe

Waterlines: Vendée Globe Sailors are a Breed Apart

The sailors who compete in the Vendée Globe truly are a breed apart As I write this the two leading sailors in the Vendée Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire and Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss, are heading up the Atlantic Ocean toward the Doldrums, and what I’m wondering is this: what the heck Read More

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