Best Around the Buoys

Get all the updates on Charleston Race Week right here from our Best Around the Buoys Blog. Senior Editor Adam Cort reports straight from the course in Charleston with the latest news and updates on Best Around the Buoys contest winners, Team Warrior.

The BAB Bucket List

by Adam Cort, Posted April 6, 2012
If there were ever any doubts about Quantum Key West Race Week remaining a competitive event, the experience of SAIL magazine’s Best Around the Buoys crew this past January should put them to rest, once and for all. 
Quantum Key West Race Week has long been a regatta where cutting-edge sailing hardware and hot new raceboats abound, and the 25th year was no exception. Making their racing debuts this year were Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XII, Austin Fragomen’s Interlodge and two new production boats—the Farr 400 and the McConaghy 38.
  The wind gods giveth, and the wind gods taketh away—pity those poor sailors and regatta organizers whom they choose not to favor with a good breeze. Fortunately, both the organizers of this year’s Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week and SAIL magazine’s Best Around the Buoys (BAB) crew, racing aboard the Beneteau Oceanis 37 BeneRound, received just enough of what they needed to count the three-day event a success. 
Bryan Huntley of Sandusky, Ohio, and the crew of the Kelly 28 InfraRed have won SAIL’s 2013 Best Around the Buoys (BAB) contest.
InfraRed's Bryan Huntley and crew from Sandusky, OH, will be one team out of an expected 290-boat fleet to race in Charleston later this month. 
Get the latest updates, photos and video from 2013 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. Executive Editor, Adam Cort, was on scene following the progress of SAIL's Best Around the Buoys team InfraRed and shares exclusive footage of the regatta.

Cleveland Boat Wins BAB Contest

by Adam Cort, Posted November 22, 2010
Skipper Jim Sminchak of Cleveland’s Lakeside Yacht Club and the crew of his J/105 it prevailed over a strong field in SAIL’s 2010 Best Around the Buoys (BAB) contest and will be heading to Florida in January to take part in 2011 Key West Race Week.
Inaugural Best Around the Buoys Team WINS PHRF 1 at Key West Race Week! Congratulations to the Best Around the Buoys crew aboard the J/111 Kontiki V, overall winners of PHRF 1 at Key West 2011!

What is Best Around the Buoys?

by Sail Staff, Posted July 28, 2011
SAIL's Best Around the Buoys is a contest designed to reward local sailors for their racing achievments and inspire them to compete in major national racing events across the country.
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