Racing News

Knox-Johnston Back in the Solo Saddle

by SAIL Editors, Posted July 31, 2014
Shorthanded sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston recently announced he is coming out of solo-sailing retirement to compete in this fall’s Route Du Rhum challenge, from Saint Malo, France, to Guadeloupe aboard the Open 60 Grey Power—at the ripe old (young?) age of 75. 
After 84 days at sea, Frenchman Bernard Stamm and Swiss sailor Jean Le Cam have not only won the double-handed Barcelona World Race, but set a new record for the event, which was first established in 2007. 
It appears the powers-that-be are once again doing their best to sap whatever life remains out of the America’s Cup in their never-ending quest to make a dime off the oldest trophy in sports.
It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest weekend of racing, but there was plenty of drama and more than a few surprises as Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa both scored wins in the opening rounds of the Louis Vuitton Finals.
Preparations for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition in Rio are already well underway. After choosing the Mackay FX as the official boat for the women’s skiff, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced the remaining event and equipment selections for the next Summer Olympics.
Designed by Bill Short in 1959, the rugged 12-foot Pelican is ideal for the high wind and chop found on San Francisco Bay, where the boat once numbered in the dozens.

A Win Beyond Words

by Adam Cort, Posted September 26, 2013
Oracle USA and skipper Jim Spithill not only did the “impossible” in successfully defending the America’s Cup, but in the end they almost made it look easy —a feat that is all the more incredible given how far the team came in so little time.  

Telefónica Wins First Leg

by Meghan Dente, Posted December 2, 2011
With the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race behind them, the six participating teams have seen it all on their way from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa–from record-breaking triumphs to heartbreaking damages.
You can expect to see more offshore scows following David Raison’s victory in last year’s Mini-Transat aboard a scow-bowed 21-footer. Among them, hopefully, will be this 90-foot Transpac “maxi scow.”
After finishing first in the Volvo Ocean Race’s Leg 5, PUMA Ocean Racing secured yet another victory in Leg 6, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, FL. While the 30 points may not yet give PUMA the lead, they certainly have helped shorten the gap between PUMA and race leader, Telefonica.
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