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Teams are gearing up for the May 11 afternoon start of the Atlantic Cup in Charleston.
Secrecy is as much a part of the America’s Cup as the “Auld Mug” itself, and AC34 has been no exception. That said, it’s hard to hide what you’re up to aboard a full-foiling catamaran; no more hiding your underwater appendages behind a skirt as you take the boat in and out of the water.
  There have been frustratingly windless Chicago-Mac races before, but few, if any, have been as epically slow as the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac this past summer. Tweets posted by some of the roughly 2,400 sailors who took part in the sunbaked war of attrition give some idea how bad it really was…
Long known for testing some of the top sailors in the world, this year’s Mini Transat and Transat Jacques Vabre have lived up to its reputation.
U.S. Olympic sailor Sally Barkow has signed on with the Swedish-flagged SCA team, after months of helping work up its Volvo Ocean 65 one-design at the team’s base in Lanzarote, Spain, in anticipation of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.
Co-skippers Joe Harris and Patrick O’Connor aboard Gryphon Solo 2 won the fourth annual Atlantic Cup in a tiebreaker, closing out a dramatic series marked by both a hard grounding and the closest offshore race finish in Atlantic Cup history.
Jen French and JP Creignou, Mark LeBlanc, and Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson are the new members of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and will be heading to Weymouth, England, this summer for the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta.
Even for an event that seems to continually reinvent itself, the 11th running of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) has been “unique,” to say the least, not to mention almost insanely competitive.
After an extensive investigation into the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race that ended in the deaths of five sailors, the US Sailing Independent Review Panel has published its recommendations to prevent future sailing incidents.

Record-Setting Seabird

by Adam Cort, Posted August 3, 2012
French sailor Alain Thébault is taking speed sailing to a whole new level, with an eye toward setting a new Pacific offshore sailing record aboard his hydrofoil l’Hydroptère DCNS—the same boat that set a world speed record of 51.36 knots over 500 meters back in 2009. 
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