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U.S. Struggles in Miami

by Adam Cort, Posted April 4, 2014
Thanks to the weather, the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Miami, Florida, was tough all around. And it was especially tough for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, as sailors in only three of the 10 Olympic classes made it to the podium.
It’s no secret that Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years.
U.S. Olympic sailor Sally Barkow has signed on with the Swedish-flagged SCA team, after months of helping work up its Volvo Ocean 65 one-design at the team’s base in Lanzarote, Spain, in anticipation of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.
For years, the Kiwis and their collective sailing expertise have been synonymous with success in the America’s Cup...
Chalk up another impressive finish for a carbon-fiber performance cruising cat. This time it was the brand-new McConaghy-built MC2 60 Mach2, which finished second overall in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s 656-mile Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, coming in just hours behind the 90-foot canting-keel maxi Ragamuffin.  
It was a tough year for the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) and Mini Transat races, thanks to a series of storms that churned their way through the Atlantic at the same time as their scheduled starts in late October.

Star Class Isn't Dead Yet

by Adam Cort, Posted February 21, 2014
The Star class may no longer have a spot in the Olympics, but that hardly seems to have slowed it down. On the contrary, with the advent of the new Star Sailors League—a pro series featuring some of the best sailors in the world—the future of the 100-year-old one design appears to be stronger than ever.
Offer sailors a lot of rum, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get their attention—which is exactly what happened when Mount Gay Rum announced in 2012 that it would be doing just that for whoever set a new speed record around Rhode Island’s Conanicut Island, aka Jamestown.

100 Knots Under Sail?

by Adam Cort, Posted February 17, 2014
Although weather conditions this past summer prevented French speedster Alain Thébault from launching an attempt on the Los Angeles-Honolulu record aboard his foiling tri l’Hydroptere, the setback has hardly slowed him down. 
“Everything on board is wet, more than two weeks I wear my survival clothes."
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