Ocean Racing

The Tradition

by David Schmidt, Posted December 15, 2009
A Look at the 2009 Sydney-Hobart RaceAmongst Australia’s hard-core sailors, the question isn’t whether you’re going. It’s a question of how many you’ve sailed (so far). Indeed, amongst the most hardcore of this decidedly hardcore country, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, or “The Hobart” as it’s known, represents a serious challenge. The brochure goes something like this: Start on

Van Liews Begins Third Circumnav

by Chris Getman, Posted October 15, 2010
On October 17, Brad Van Liew will return to the sport of solo sail racing after an eight-year break as the only American in a fleet of five boats sailing the VELUX 5 Oceans race around the world. While over 500 people have been shot into space, Van Liew is one of less than 180 that have sailed around the globe solo. Of those who have a circumnavigation under their belt, only 73 skippers have
Originally published March 2009The last time Ragtime tied up at my local marina, I wandered down to the dock, admired the varnish, and grinned at the dinky cabin. But most of all I admired the audacity of those long, skinny, hard-chined lines drawn by New Zealander John Spencer a few years before the boat, as Infidel, was denied entry to the 1967

Caught Out

by Peter Nielsen, Posted December 21, 2011
A closer look at the Rambler and WingNuts tragedies, and what it means for sailors everywhere
In late May, the German-flagged Mare won three of five fully crewed inshore races off Newport, Rhode Island, to take first overall in the second running of the fast-growing Atlantic Cup Regatta.
After being edged out by the 100-foot maxi Investec Loyal for line honors in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart, owner Bob Oatley and the crew of Wild Oats XI were not about to let that happen again in 2012.

Salter Signs On For A “Lap”

by Sail Staff, Posted November 1, 2007
Ericsson Racing names Navigator for next year’s Volvo RaceBy David SchmidtFollowing Ericsson Racing Team’s recent news that sailing-great Torben Grael will skipper the team’s internationally-crewed “A” boat, the team recently announced that Englishman Jules Salter will navigate for Grael in the 2008/2009 event. “Ericsson has a great team. They are well organized, and we

Telefonica Black Unveiled

by Sail Staff, Posted June 6, 2008
Team Telefonica, the Spanish-flagged entry in the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race, today unveiled their new Farr-designed Volvo Open 70, which they have dubbed Telefonica Black. The boat features splash rails on the bow sections. We’ve seen these same rails on Team Russia's new boat, which carries the splash rails aft, where they run into the stern chines. From these images

61 Knots (!) FLIP (!)

by Sail Staff, Posted December 21, 2008
Sunday screaming Sunday -- It was only a burst, so kitesailor Alexandre Caizergues's official 500-meter speedsailing record is safe for now at 50.57 knots, but the big French trimaran, l’Hydroptre hit a speed peak of 61 knots in the Med on Sunday morning, and there is no way that's anything but fast under sail. It's a first.You had

Done and Done

by David Schmidt, Posted June 16, 2009
Ken Read went to bed last “night” (if there is such a thing in Sweden during the solstice) with a smile on his face. It wasn’t because he won the Volvo Ocean Race — that explained the smile on Torben Grael’s face — but because Puma Ocean Racing finally won their first leg of the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). And what a leg it was! Leaving the docks in Gteborg,
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