Ocean Racing

Boxing Day Bash

by David Schmidt, Posted December 21, 2009
For Australia’s hard-core sailors, the question isn’t whether you’re going, but how many you’ve sailed (so far). Even among 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 Boxing Day (December 26) on one of the world’s most brilliant starting

NY-BCN Boats Grind to a Halt

by Sail Staff, Posted April 19, 2010
After riding an express train across the Atlantic, the two Open 60s vying to establish a new sailing record between New York and Barcelona, Spain, have slowed to a crawl in the Mediterranean.Estrella Damm was the first to enter the Straits of Gibraltar, with W Hotels about 130 miles behind. However, W Hotels has since cut the deficit in half.Although

U.S. Solo Sailing Update

by Adam Cort, Posted November 9, 2010
This past week saw not one, but two U.S. sailors competing in a pair of offshore, singlehanded classics. Making his way toward Cape Town, South Africa, veteran circumnavigator Brad Van Liew is currently leading the pack in the Velux 5 Oceans Race. Meanwhile, Etienne Giroire is fighting his way from Brittany, France, to Guadeloupe aboard the 40-foot trimaran ATNinc.com as part of the 2010

Canada's Cup 2011

by Sarah Eberspacher, Posted July 6, 2011
For just the second time in its 115-year-old history, the upcoming Canada’s Cup, set for September 1-4, will take place on Lake Michigan. Organizers are hoping that moving the event earlier in the season and hosting it in a new venue will help increase public interest. In 2007, servers for the regatta’s host media company crashed due to high traffic during the event—a sign of how

Investec Loyal Tames Wild Oats

by Adam Cort, Posted December 29, 2011
Following a three-hour hearing at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the 100-foot maxi Investec Loyal is officially the line-honors winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Investec Loyal, which included American navigator Stan Honey in its crew, beat five-time line-honors winner Wild Oats XI by just over 3 minutes in one of the closest finishes in the 628-mile offshore classic. Total time at sea for the boat was 2 days, 6 hours.
Twenty-something years ago I stood at the mouth of the Solent and watched the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race. I counted 23 boats making their way into the English Channel, with 32,000 miles of hard racing ahead of them. 

Haste Makes Waste?

by Adam Cort, Posted March 5, 2013
To say that 2012 ended on a rough note for veteran French solo sailor Marc Guillemot would be the understatement of the year. 

Inked: SE Asia

by Sail Staff, Posted November 19, 2007
Singapore has been named as the first official Southeast Asian stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race’s history. The fleet of Volvo Open 70’s is expected to reach Singapore in mid-December of 2008, and will tie up at the new, state-of-the-art One Degree 15 Marina Club, located on the resort island of Sentosa. Says Glenn Burke, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race: “Singapore is vastly experienced in

Telefonica Names Names

by Sail Staff, Posted June 18, 2008
If your mental satellite dish is tuned into the cold, scary, wet station known as the Volvo Ocean Race, these are heady times. Virtually every day there are new photos and reports of launchings, christenings, and first test sails. On the team end of things, each syndicate is rapidly closing the gap on their final list of sailors, and the Spanish-flagged Telefonica is no exception.
It says something about sailing’s prospects as a sport that 2008 left us with three round-the-world races under way at the same time. As we look to nail down just what that means, do keep your thumbs clear of the hammer.Certainly sailboat racing is as incoherent as ever in its public face. Hard-core fans have no trouble, or not so much, separating a crewed circumnavigation (the
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