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.



Tahiti Pearl Regatta

At our shoreside celebration on the island of Huahine, one bright gazelle of a female child dashed to and fro, to and fro, leaping to the beat of the drums, infectious joy trailing in her wake. Was she a French local, in from Papeete for the Pearl Regatta, Tahiti’s annual gathering of the sailing tribes? Read More

The author (left) and crew are all smiles as they try their hand at racing


Abaco Regatta: Mother Tub-class

“Every knock is a boost,” Ben said as the crew passed pancakes around the table. It was the day before the first of our Regatta Time in Abaco Mother Tub-class races and the lighthearted inquiry, “What is your motto?” was posed to each crewmember over breakfast. Some folks concocted a motto on the spot. Others Read More

The 100ft Leopard struggles to round Fastnet Rock in ghosting conditions.

Sail Racing

Remembering the 90th Anniversary of the Rolex Fastnet Race

A Fickle and Très French Fastnet The 90th anniversary of the storied Rolex Fastnet Race will be remembered for two things: the fact that it was incredibly slow, and that it was dominated by the French, with Gallic boats taking seven of the 10 top spots in IRC, and the overall win going to French Read More

The Conch Republic isn’t just for rock stars

Sail Racing

Changes in the Quantum Key West Race Week

Change is in the air at the upcoming Quantum Key West Race Week, with the Storm Trysail Club, which has taken over management of the iconic event, introducing a new performance-cruising class to broaden its appeal. In contrast to the other classes at Key West—which is renowned for drawing the world’s top boats and sailors—the Read More

The three Js made for a magnificent sight racing down the Solent

Sail Racing

Royal Yacht Squadron Marks Two Centuries

Known as simply “The Yacht Club” when it was founded on June 1, 1815, on St. James Street in London, the Royal Yacht Squadron became “Royal” when its member George IV ascended the throne in 1820. Throughout its history, it has been instrumental in helping to establish the modern sport of sailing via its role Read More

Vestas Wind lying on a reef after grounding in the Indian Ocean. Photo courtesy of Shane Smart/Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race

Vestas Wind and the Cargados Carajos Shoal

When Vestas Wind ran aground on Cargados Carajos Shoal on the night of November 29, 2014, during the last Volvo Ocean Race, it came as a complete surprise to everyone onboard. How could a vessel equipped with the most modern electronics and a professional navigator fail to navigate around a reef some 25 nautical miles Read More

IchorCoal shortly after the start of the 2015-16 Clipper Round the World Race

Sail Racing

Eight Bells: Andrew Ashman, Lost in Clipper Race

In retrospect it seems incredible that over 20 years of racing, not a single one of the approximately 3,300 amateur sailors taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race has been lost. Unfortunately, that perfect record ended this past September shortly after the start of the running of the 2015-16 event when English sailor Read More

The youngsters set out across San Diego Harbor for a mini-adventure

Sail Racing

46 Years of Kids Racing in the Dutch Shoe Marathon

What do you get when you take nearly 150 kids, put them at the tillers of a fleet of 8ft Naples Sabot dinghies and send them out on a 7-mile course across San Diego Bay from Point Loma to Coronado? The annual Dutch Shoe Marathon, of course. That, and a heck of a good time. Read More

Joe Harris (inset) is finally setting out on his long-held dream to make his mark with a solo voyage around the world

Sail Racing

Joe Harris Prepping for Solo Circumnav

After decades of dreaming about racing around the world, veteran shorthanded racer Joe Harris will set out to make his dream a reality next month when he attempts to set a new solo-circumnavigation record aboard his Class40 GryphonSolo2. Harris—who already has 60,000 offshore race miles to his credit—will start and finish off Newport, Rhode Island, Read More

Even after nearly two weeks at sea, MAPFRE and Brunel remained neck and neck as they rounded Cape Horn. Photo courtesy of Rick Tomlinson/VOR

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is Back…

For years the Volvo Ocean Race has been synonymous with images of boats blasting their way through the Southern Ocean smothered in foam. This time around, though, a new kind of image has come to define the race—crews locked in battle within sight of one another for days on end, sometimes finishing mere minutes apart Read More