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.

ORACLE Team USA

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

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

Two-boat testing on England’s Solent

America's Cup

Land Rover BAR in the Driver’s Seat?

At press time the world had not yet had a chance to see the new AC50 box-rule catamarans that will be used for actual Cup competition this summer in Bermuda. However, with the conclusion of the America’s Cup World Series, which has been taking place over the past couple of years aboard full-foiling AC45s, we Read More

The French frigate Nivôse shadows Banque Populaire VIII, deep in the Southern Ocean

Vendée Globe

Another Vendée War of Attrition

For all the advances made in IMOCA 60 design and safety, when it comes the Vendée Globe solo nonstop race around the world, there’s still an element of Russian roulette to the event, especially in the Southern Ocean portion of the race—and the 2016-17 installment has been no exception. By the time this issue hits Read More

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

Regattas

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

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