Inshore Racing

“Serious racing, serious fun…” The Snipe class motto neatly sums up the appeal of this ubiquitous dinghy. Fifteen and a half feet long, light and uncomplicated, easy to trailer and launch, the Snipe is a boat that never gets old. Go to any Snipe regatta and you’ll see septuagenarians mixing it up with teenagers, pro sailors battling it out with Sunday-afternoon amateurs.The boat’s

Maureen McKinnon-Tucker: Don't Stop Me Now

by Sarah Eberspacher, Posted December 20, 2011
The intrepid sailor Maureen McKinnon-Tucker and her inspiring story
For the first time since it became a major pro series with serious cash prizes, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour will be coming to the United States. The five-day Chicago Match Cup regatta will be held in mid-July.
It’s no secret that Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years.

Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge Wraps Up

by Sail Staff, Posted October 24, 2007
Perhaps not as well known on the yachting circuit as Rolex, Panerai, the Italian watchmaker, is hot on the sponsorship heels of its Swiss counterpart. The finale of the 2007 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge recently closed with the first annual New York series. held in New York Harbor October 2–6. The 300-plus yachts taking part in the close racing made for a spectacular sight

Ready for the Weather Gate?

by Sail Staff, Posted July 9, 2008
By Jeff ZarwellNational Race OfficerRegattaPRO: jzarwell@regattapro.comGoing into my first windward-gate regatta as a race officer, I anticipated increased mark-set responsibilities and a need for experienced hands to pull off the initial set and then to maintain a four-buoy weather-mark configuration. I was right.However, the benefits of the windward

New kids in town

by Meredith Laitos, Posted February 1, 2009
It’s official. Strictly Sail Chicago has adopted a new child and things are going well. The Midwest College Sailing Association held its Annual Midwinters Conference above the action at Navy Pier and the conjunction of the two events was more of a success than either party planned for. On Friday 150 college sailors from around the region poured into the Chicago area and schmoozed with

Game Plan

by Patty Lawrence, Posted August 18, 2009
My husband Andy and I naively thought that our sailing game plan would remain the same after our daughters were born; we would just incorporate the children into our regatta mode and not skip a beat. So far, we have skipped beats —and runs, and even entire races. We have arrived late, gone to bed early, sailed better, and had more fun. Avery (8) and Jordan (6) love regattas, but their game plan
“If we move the leads forward, we get a deeper foot and the sail takes on a bigger shape,” explained North U director Bill Gladstone as he shifted the virtual leads on a graphic of a sail, which was projected on a screen for a classroom of 80 racers. “But if we adjust the jib sheet, that

6th Annual Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open

by Chris Getman, Posted September 30, 2010
The 2010 Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open (HPDO) regatta will take place October 9-10 at the American Yacht Club in Rye, New York. Since its creation in 2004, the two-day regatta regularly attracts some of the best performance sailors from North America and Europe.Approximately 120 boats are expected to race this year, up 20 from the 2009. Dinghy classes invited to participate
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