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.

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Olympics

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

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

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

Dee Smith will be competing in his first Paralympics

Olympics

Paralympic Team Ready for Rio

Although the 2016 Olympics may be done and dusted, there’s still a lot of racing to be done on Rio’s Guanabara Bay, thanks to the Paralympic Games, scheduled for September 7-18. The United States is sending six sailors to this year’s games who will be competing in three classes: the SKUD-18, the 2.4mR and the Read More

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Sail Racing

Relaxing Aboard Comanche at 22 knots

“Don’t let anyone know how easy this is,” North Sails president Ken Read said. “Sure, no problem,” I said, far more concerned with how long he’d let me keep steering. At the moment I was at the helm of Jim and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s 100ft super-Maxi Comanche, steering the boat on a close reach in around Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: U.S. women’s 470 sailors come up short

  The U.S. Sailing Team will have to settle for Caleb Paine’s single bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta following a heart-stopping and heartbreaking medal race in the women’s 470 class. U.S. sailors Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha had been in third place overall going into the race and actually led the fleet Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: Lack of wind prolongs suspense for 470 women

The wind failed to cooperate today in the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta in Rio, forcing organizers to postpone the medal races for both the men’s and women’s 470 classes, setting up a big closing day for the event tomorrow, with no less than four classes going for the gold. Even more important, it means that Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: U.S. takes bronze in the Finn class

Finn sailor Caleb Paine has gotten the U.S. Sailing Team back into the medal business for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning bronze after dominating today’s medal race with a first-place finish. Paine went into today’s race in fourth place, but more than made up for the 5-point deficit that existed between Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: Light Air Stymies Medal Races

  Everyone knew the wind can shut down on Rio’s Guanabara Bay from time to time, and shut down it did on Day 8 of the 2016 Olympic regatta. The only races that came off were those held on the open Atlantic on the Niteroi and Copacabana courses, where the 49er and 49erFX classes competed. Read More

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SAIL Olympics Update: Sailboard medals and 470 excitement

The first medals of the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta were decided today as both the men’s and women’s RS:X classes held their final races following a postponement due to light winds. Meanwhile, in the Finn class, U.S. sailor Caleb Paine is back in contention for a medal after successfully petitioning to overturn his disqualification in Read More

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