Inshore Racing

Speed sailing records smashed on water and land

by Tom Nunlist, Posted April 3, 2009
On the 26th of March, two separate teams broke both the world water and land sailing speed records independently of each other.An Australian team sailing the Macquarie Innovation broke their own water speed record set last December at Sandy Point, Victoria, Australia and became the first vessel to complete the official 500m run with an average of over 50 knots. At Ivanpah Lake in

Hurry Up and Relax

by Kimball Livingston, 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

Nerone Wins Farr 40 Worlds

by Adam Cort, Posted April 27, 2010
Nerone Wins Farr 40 WorldsAfter getting off to a slow start, the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds finished strong, with Massimo Mezzaroma’s Nerone (Italy) only locking up an overall victory on the final race of the regatta.This marks the second time Mezaroma has won the Farr 40 Worlds. His first win came in 2003. Second place in this year’s regatta went to Guido

Wacky Boats

by Peter Nielsen, Posted December 8, 2010
The Lemsteraak The shouts of the crews mingle with the sound of timber meeting timber. Eased-out booms sweep across decks, grinning sailors ducking as the treetrunk-sized spars brush their scalps. On shore, screaming spectators wave banners and urge on their local heroes. As the fleet approaches the mark, the race turns into a barging match—literally. For we are on the
In the rarefied world of grand prix racing sails, the distance between first and second can be measured in millimeters. Today’s racing sails are built out of an exotic menu of high-tech materials using advanced construction techniques to yield shape-specific sails that boast minimal stretch or creep.
Back in days gone by, before rumbling speedboats and thundering Spring Break coeds discovered Lake Havasu, this was a place for sailing. A wide spot on the Colorado River 448 feet above sea level (a product of the Parker Dam), Havasu was a desert haven with vistas of jagged peaks and winters infused with sunshine and warmth.

Numbers: 20.28 knots

by Sail Staff, Posted January 23, 2008
In sailing, numbers are ephemeral. One second, VMG is up; the next it’s down. Crews battle for gains that are won and lost in heartbeats: The New York Stock Exchange can be more stable (now) than the parade of numbers dancing across “the truth display” situated under the boom. But it's these cycles of feast or famine that make sailing an intellectual game, and that's why so many

David Wright Takes Laser North Americans

by Sail Staff, Posted July 27, 2008
July 27, 2008Canadian David Wright nailed the Laser North American Championship completed today on San Francisco Bay, skipping the final race with a comfortable margin and turning his attention next to the Laser Slalom, a classic that is being revived Monday through Wednesday. The epic Slaloms of decades past were sailed in winds of 25 knots or more over

Short tacks

by Sail Staff, Posted April 6, 2009
Not surprising that only 154 boats turned out for the 22nd edition of Key West Race Week, down from 261 boats in 2008. Still, the competition was high, especially amongst the Melges 24 (33 boats) and the Melges 32 (20 boats) fleets. While the grand-prix action was in IRC 1, it was IRC 2 that proved to be the most interesting handicap fleet to watch as it featured the U.S. racing premiere of the
Should you find yourself needing a bit of reassurance as to why you sail, a glimpse of the 300-plus beautiful classic yachts that were assembled in Saint Tropez in September for the 2009 Classic Boats Regatta will immediately have you remembering exactly why you fell in love with our sport-and lifestyle-in the first place.
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