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Things have now stabilized in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, following an early spate of collisions and dismastings that forced over a third of the fleet to retire before it even reached the equator. 
On Saturday, February 18, Italian skipper Giovanni Soldini and eight crewmembers aboard the VOR70 Maserati celebrated a record-smashing victory after sailing from New York to San Francisco in just 47 days, 42 minutes and 29 seconds.
Leg 1 of the Atlantic Cup came to a close an hour after midnight on May 15. The last of the Class 40s arrived in New York Harbor throughout the night on May 14, three days after leaving Charleston, South Carolina.
Despite a lack of transatlantic races to bring over a major European contingent, a still respectable field of seven competitors lined up for the third annual Atlantic Cup this past May to sail in a series of offshore and inshore races along the East Coast.

The Cup Begins at Last!

by Adam Cort, Posted September 8, 2013
After months of waiting, Oracle USA and Emirates Team New Zealand are finally providing the kind of racing Larry Ellison promised so very long ago.

Panerai Classic Yachts: Head of the Class

by Sail Staff, Posted December 20, 2013
This past summer, some of the most beautiful yachts in the world took part in the annual Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit
Maxi-yacht construction in the United States has been pretty anemic since the Great Recession. But with the economy on the mend and the S&P 500’s record-crushing 29.6 percent uptick in 2013, there now appear to be some “green shoots” out there
The hype surrounding the recent America’s Cup would have you believe that to go foiling in a catamaran requires a Herculean effort, but this is not the case. On the AC72s the monumental crew workout we all witnessed was required to maintain pressure in the hydraulics controlling the foils and the wing.

Groupama Wins VOR Leg 4

by Adam Cort, Posted March 12, 2012
The French Groupama team took first overall in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Racing, ending Team Telefonica’s winning streak and vaulting it into second place overall, ahead of Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Second place in the grueling leg from Sanya, China, to Auckland, New Zealand, went to Ken Read’s Puma Ocean Racing by BERG team, putting the team in fourth overll.
An accident off the coast of California during the Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race left three crewmembers of Aegean dead and one missing, the first fatalities in the race’s history.
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