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. 
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.  
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.
For the first time since it became a major pro series with serious cash prizes, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour will be coming to the United States, in mid-July for the five-day Chicago Match Cup.
Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race is now underway. The 3,590-mile stretch will take the teams from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, Florida, and is expected to last about 14 days.
For the first time since it became a major pro series with serious cash prizes, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour will be coming to the United States. The five-day Chicago Match Cup regatta will be held in mid-July.
Don’t write off Olympic windsurfing just yet. A firestorm of opposition to the International Sailing Federation’s decision to dump the event in favor of kiteboarding at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro makes it highly likely that there will be another vote.
The first of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts for the Clipper Race arrived in Felixstowe, UK, last night from China. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the longest yacht race at 40,000 miles...
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