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In 1993, it took a fully crewed maxi catamaran, Explorer, to break the 80-day barrier for a circumnavigation under sail. Since then, that record has not only been cut nearly in half, it has now been matched by a solo sailor.
Although numbers remain down from the event’s pre-recession heyday, Quantum Key West Race Week 2013 will undoubtedly go down as one of the strongest in the event’s long history.
Vendée Globe skipper Jean-Pierre Dick’s hope of placing third was crushed Monday when his boat, Virbac-Paprec 3, suddenly lost its entire 4-ton keel just before midnight.

Sunfish By the Numbers

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2013
This past year the venerable and yet forever young Sunfish marked its 60th year and 50th North American Nationals regatta.
The largest student sporting event in Europe, the 45th Annual EDHEC Sailing Cup, has invited U.S. collegiate and graduate sailors to compete.
On Jan. 14, 2013, Johnny Heineken and Jennifer French were named US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.
Following a medal-free Olympic run in 2012, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is making several strategic moves to reposition itself over the next four years. Today, the team announced a new partnership with Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY, naming Oakcliff Sailing an official training center for the team.
French sailors Francois Gabart aboard Macif and Armel Cléac´h aboard Banque Populaire are battling it out in an upwind struggle through the Atlantic Ocean to the finish line. Only 59.2nm behind Gabart, Cléac´h is keeping west in hopes of catching a favorable wind shift.
As Team Oracle showed this past October, conning an AC72 catamaran is not for the faint of heart. We recently caught up with Emirates Team New Zealand’s skipper Dean Barker to see what it’s like helming one of these behemoths. 
Italian skipper Giovanni Soldini and his crew of eight kicked off the New Year sailing aboard the VOR70 Maserati at 30 knots after departing from North Cove in Manhattan on Monday, December 31, to challenge the New York to San Francisco record.
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