As relations with Cuba continue to improve, sailboat races are returning to the long-forbidden islan...
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.
It’s long been known that sailing is not just good fun, it’s good for you too—both mentally and physically. And this goes double for people with disabilities. It therefore made all the sense in the world when the USMMA Sailing Foundation, and sailors like America’s Cup veteran Ralf Steitz and Paralympic silver medalist Jen French Read More
This summer marks the 50th running of the biennial Newport Bermuda Race, and the sailing community is responding to the milestone by fielding a near-record fleet, comprised of everything from Jim and Kristy Clark’s super-maxi Comanche to defending overall winner, Michael Cone’s Hinckley Bermuda 40, Actaea. Also in the mix will be such standouts as Read More
The Vendée Globe is the world’s toughest sailing event, bar none. Every four years, a diverse group of solo sailors—men and women, young and middle-aged—depart Brittany, France, in November, leave the three great capes—the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa, Cape Leeuwin on Australia’s southwestern corner and Cape Horn at the tip Read More
The weather forecast for Saturday didn’t lift many spirits. Overcast skies, high temperatures barely hitting 60 degrees, light wind. Not the ideal situation for a day of sailing on the Hudson River. So I must admit I was just a bit surprised when I walked out of Brookfield Place in Manhattan’s financial district and found Read More
It was a cloudy day in lower Manhattan as race fans, members of the media, event organizers and the America’s Cup sailors themselves gathered at Brookfield Place, across the street from the truly impressive One World Trade Plaza and the 9/11 Memorial, on the banks of the Hudson River. As the crowd settled down and Read More
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
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
“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
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