Racing News

The Onion Patch Series Celebrates a Half Century

by SAIL Editors, Posted June 6, 2014
  It’s been said the Newport Bermuda Race is held only once every two years because it takes that long for the memories of how tough the last one was to fade sufficiently to entice crews to sign on for another.  

Charleston Hosts Fort 2 Battery Race

by SAIL Editors, Posted June 1, 2014
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, the Moth North Americans and, new this year, the inaugural Fort 2 Battery Race, a high-speed 3.8 mile downwind sprint from Fort Sumter to the Charleston waterfront.
Let’s start with the premise that Larry Ellison and his Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, set out after winning the Cup in 2010 to “normalize” the beast that is America’s Cup competition. Their intent was/is to transform Cup racing into a profitable, predictably organized professional sport.
Co-skippers Joe Harris and Patrick O’Connor aboard Gryphon Solo 2 won the fourth annual Atlantic Cup in a tiebreaker, closing out a dramatic series marked by both a hard grounding and the closest offshore race finish in Atlantic Cup history.

U.S. Sailor joins this Month's Open 60 Transatlantic Race

by SAIL Editors, Posted May 22, 2014
Open 60 fans will get a rare chance to see the boats in action in the United States at the start of the double-handed New York-Barcelona Transoceanic Regatta, the first of three IMOCA Ocean Masters World Champtionship races set for this year. The three-race series will culminate in the Barcelona World Race

The Great Texas 300 Hits the Beach

by SAIL Editors, Posted May 22, 2014
This year marks the 12th running of the Great Texas 300—a marathon event in which many teams are forced to drop out before they even have a chance to truly get going, as their dreams come to grief in the heavy surf of the race’s signature beach starts.

Eight Bells: Hobart "Hobie" Alter

by John Casey, Posted May 22, 2014
Hobie Alter began playing games in the Pacific Ocean in his teens. At 18, he started competing in surfing competitions, and in 1953 opened his first surfboard shop in Dana Point, California. He quickly developed ways to improve balsa core surfboard production, and it didn’t take him long to invent the foam-core surfboard, which revolutionized the sport by giving surfers a lighter, more agile toy to play with.
Designed by Bill Short in 1959, the rugged 12-foot Pelican is ideal for the high wind and chop found on San Francisco Bay, where the boat once numbered in the dozens.
Maxi-yacht construction in the United States has been pretty anemic since the Great Recession. But with the economy on the mend and the S&P 500’s record-crushing 29.6 percent uptick in 2013, there now appear to be some “green shoots” out there
The Atlantic Cup returns to the Eastern Seaboard this month, with seven Class 40 monohulls set to compete. As in years past the regatta will begin with a doublehanded offshore race from Charleston, South Carolina, to...
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