Inshore Racing

It’s one of the great ironies of sailing. Going dead downwind, arguably the “easiest” angle of sail, is also the slowest. Thanks to the phenomenon of apparent wind, modern boats regularly sail faster than the true wind speed on a reach. But on a run, there’s no getting around the fact that the faster you go, the less pressure there is on your sails—until now.
On October 28th, 2010, American kitesurfer Robert Douglas became the new, outright world speed sailing record holder with a speed of 55.65kts in a maximum windspeed of 45kts, in 18cm of water. We got a hold of Rob and asked him the question that every sailor wants to know: what's it like?SAIL: At the risk of sounding clich, what goes through your head when you’re

2012 U.S. Olympic Team

by Adam Cort, Posted January 11, 2012
Standouts at the Perth event included Paige Railey in the Laser Radial class, and Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih in the Star class, who took bronze in their two events. The match racing team of Anna Tunnicliffe, Deb Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer took gold.
With the increased emphasis on “extreme” pro racing—including wing-sailed carbon-fiber cats, gigantic oceangoing multihulls and Volvo 70s leaving arrow-straight wakes across the Southern Ocean—many might consider the idea of an inshore displacement monohull circuit to be a nonstarter.

TP52 Wings

by Sail Staff, Posted November 29, 2007
If you’ve ever tried to sail a beam-reach course with a kite up on standard spinnaker-pole rigged boat, you have undoubtedly had to deal with the difficulty of tight sheeting angles on the guy when the pole is eased forward to the forestay. Traditionally, this is alleviated with reaching struts. While these work well, they represent another spar that must be clipped in place (usually to either

30-30: The 30th Anniversary Olson 30 Nationals

by Sail Staff, Posted July 25, 2008
US Sailing recently announced the names of the 2009 US Sailing Team Alphagrapics (USSTAG). This selection was based on the results of the 2009 Rolex Miami OCR. “We’re excited about the new team because we’ve never had this many Olympic and Paralympics sailors return this early in the quad, which is a sign we’re delivering more support to the sailors,” said Olympic Sailing Chairman Dean Brenner

Marblehead Magic

by David Schmidt, Posted September 3, 2009
On the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast...on the Great Lakes and all the little lakes and rivers, too—most American sailors have been wooed at one point or another by the siren call of an occasional low-stress, mid-week race. (OK, perhaps it was the skipper’s promise of beer and burgers afterwards.) These informal “beer-can chases” are a great way to break up the

Strong Medicine

by Kimball Livingston, Posted April 15, 2010
hat if I told you there is a way to keep post-college sailors in the game instead of letting them drift away? Of mixing generations of sailors? Stirring club spirit? Building relationships between different sailors and regions? Making the game more fun for all sorts of people? Well, I’m telling you.I have to admit I’m not talking about low-hanging fruit. It might be a no-brainer to want it
Race organizer 11th Hour Racing is bringing grand prix Class 40 racing to U.S. shores this spring as part of its new Atlantic Cup regatta. The event, which is set to begin May 7, will include Pro-Am racing in New York Harbor, a double-handed distance race from New York to Newport, Rhode Island, and a series of fully crewed inshore buoy races in Newport. Highlighting the grand prix nature of the
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