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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.

Letter of the Month: Who's to Blame?

by Rod Glover, Posted December 20, 2012
The lack of yachting medals in the recent Olympics will undoubtedly spawn many letters and articles. David Schmidt's column "What Went Wrong" in the October 2012 issue of SAIL is not the first and will not be the last.

Canfield Takes Monsoon Cup

by Adam Cort, Posted December 20, 2012
Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) sailing director Taylor Canfield and his US One Sailing Team crew may have entered Malaysia’s Monsoon Cup as wild cards.

2012 Yachtsman & Yachtswomen of the Year Shortlist

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2012
With the record books about to close on another year of racing, US Sailing is celebrating the most outstanding performances of the year with the release of its shortlist of nominees for the 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards.
Things have now stabilized in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, following an early spate of collisions and dismastings that forced over a third of the fleet to retire before it even reached the equator. 

Racing: Know Your Rules

by Adam Cort, Posted December 13, 2012
Boat A sails up from astern to establish an overlap with boat B about 20 seconds before the start and immediately begins luffing up to try to pinch off boat B at the committee boat...
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