Inshore Racing

As far as we know, the first course racing for kites, anywhere, is taking place this year on the San Francisco cityfront. For years now kites have been a familiar, colorful feature in the waters off Crissy Field, which is located just inside the Golden Gate and right in the mouth of the wind funnel. The kite sailors do their going-fast bit, and they do their flying through the air bit, and for

End Game

by Sail Staff, Posted June 17, 2008
If you pay attention to national and international sailing news, you will have noticed:1. US SAILING, the national organizing body of competitive sailing in the USA, has made a strong push to require the skipper of any boat competing in any U.S. regatta to be a member of US SAILING.2. This was not popular.In many sports, membership in the governing body is mandatory. In some

Heavy Lifting

by David Schmidt, Posted October 22, 2008
We all want our boats to be more stable, but how can this be accomplished? The conventional solution is to hang more ballast off a deeper keel. Think more progressively, and you’re talking about water ballasting, which, while effective, also adds extra weight. Go sci-fi, and you’re canting your keel to windward—which is very effective, but is complicated, accident-prone, and still depends on

Secure the jibsheets

by Sail Staff, Posted June 17, 2009
If you furl your headsail when sailing off the wind, there’s a good chance the sheets will get in the way when you’re either peeling the spinnaker or taking it down. That’s why the bowman should always tie them down, out of the way, with a sail tie. When the spinnaker is up and the jib is furled, have the trimmers ease the jibsheets enough so they can be led to the base of the furler, where a
It's Monday, and some of us at SAIL had less than stellar performances over the weekend on the water. So in order to console each other, we've pulled this video out of the archives. While rubbing is racing, it's important to remember just how much worse it could always be.  

F18 Marks First Decade

by Jeremy Evans, Posted June 24, 2010
For more on the class, please click here.his month, one of the world’s leading high-performance catamaran classes is holding its world championship regatta in Erquy, France, marking the event’s 10th anniversary. A fleet of 150 boats is expected to take part, with 10 slots reserved for boats from the United States.The
When the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) planted its roots in Lake Michigan in 2009, founders Don Wilson and Bill Hardesty were hoping to fill a void in American sailboat racing. They recognized that though match racing was gaining international momentum through the America’s Cup, the World Match Race Tour and the 2012 Olympics, American sailors had few serious venues at which to train and
This year’s series, which begins May 11, will also feature a second double-handed leg from Charleston, South Carolina, to New York Harbor, in addition to an offshore leg from New York to Newport, Rhode Island, and two days of inshore racing.

A Running Start, á la Le Mans

by Adam Cort, Posted February 1, 2013
It was the late 1960s, and Gig Harbor Yacht Club Commodore Dick Carlson and Ed Hoppen, a Pacific Northwest boatbuilder known for building Thunderbirds, were sitting around Ed’s kitchen table one night chewing the fat...

The 411 on College Sailing

by Sail Staff, Posted September 6, 2006
There are currently 154 collegiate sailing teams competing across the country. Each team belongs to one of seven regional districts. The majority of schools have fleets of either Flying Juniors (FJs) or 420s, but a few programs, including Tufts, Bowdoin, and Harvard, sail a fleet of Larks. Many schools also have a few Lasers so that sailors can train for singlehanded championships throughout the
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