Inshore Racing

A handicapper speaks

by Sail Staff, Posted June 4, 2004
By Bruce Bingman, Technical Chair for PHRF on the ChesapeakeI think the real issue is what kind of racing do sailors want. The problem is that different sailors want different kinds and different levels of racing, but usually there are not enough boats in any one group to be able to offer a specific class and/or start. The USSAILING website offers information on "golf

Race Ready

by Sail Staff, Posted April 8, 2008
When most people think of charterboats, they think of bulky cruisers that are slow to sail but fun to party on once the anchor drops. But if you happen to be a world-class sailor and the boat you've chartered is a race-ready Farr 40—as was Peter Holmberg’s experience at the 35th Annual International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas—this wasn't the case. Holmberg, who served as

Winning Bronze and Gold at the Paralympics

by Sail Staff, Posted September 12, 2008
Qingdao, ChinaAs released by US Sailing over the weekend: 2.4 mR sailor John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) added a Bronze Medal to the U.S. Paralympic Team’s medal count today, joining Gold Medalists Nick Scandone (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) on the podium at the 2008 Paralympic Regatta. Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Tim Angle

Auxiliary telltales

by David Schmidt, Posted May 14, 2009
Most modern sailboat races are run on windward-leeward courses designed to give racers the maximum number of chances to pass each other and to create lanes. While there’s little doubt that these “new” courses (until the mid-1990’s, most racecourses were triangular and featured more reaching) make for exciting racing, they do create a problem for drivers and trimmers, namely that it can be tiring

US Women Win Gold in Miami

by Sail Staff, Posted February 1, 2010
Any doubts about the strength of the U.S. women’s sailing team were put to rest this past week with the squad winning gold in no less three events at US Sailing’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR regatta. The U.S. men’s team didn’t fare so well, failing to take gold in a single event, although Andy Horton and James Lyne took silver in the Star class.In the Laser Radial class, Paige Railey won the

Charlotte Harbor Rebound

by Sail Staff, Posted May 20, 2010
In 2004, SAIL named Charlotte Harbor, Florida, one of its top 10 places to sail. Two short months later, fierce 120-knot winds from Hurricane Charley destroyed many homes, boats and businesses in the area.Now, five and a half years afterward, the mangroves have returned, and thanks to the community’s remarkable determination, Charlotte Harbor is becoming a better sailing destination than
Why let a sailboat race stand in the way of a party? This question has been asked many times, sometimes seriously, other times at an exaggerated angle of heel. But I assure you that the question has never been answered more boldly than at Long Point Race Week, which is hosted by the Balboa and Newport Harbor yacht clubs. For three days in August (26-28th) many of the best sailors in Southern
In recent years, sailors from the small Middle Eastern nation of Oman have met with surprising success in a number of high-profile races, including the Tour de France à la Voile and the Extreme 40 Sailing Series. Not surprisingly, given the mores of that part of the world, these sailors have all been men. But that is beginning to change thanks to the efforts of Oman Sail.
"We ran full-speed into something we weren’t expecting,” admitted Dean Brenner, the outgoing chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, about the team’s performance at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth, England.
Olympic sailing launched on a low note—the 1896 races in Greece were cancelled for lack of wind—but there have been many high points since. Olympic sailors have created a wonderful legacy. By way of example, we tip our hats to the great ...Paul Elvström for the longest Olympic "moment" ever. It's been a show to watch, from the gritty determination that led him to
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