Thanks to the weather, the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Miami, Florida, was tough all around. And it was especially tough for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, as sailors in only three of the 10 Olympic classes made it to the podium.
Just over a month ago, 44 sailors and 11 coaches gathered for a crash course in racing during the 14th annual Offshore/North U Performance Race Week at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida
At US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR on January 28, Zach Railey took home the gold in the Finn class. The 2008 Olympic Silver medalist is gunning for gold at this summer’s Olympics, and he’s off to a good start.
After 31 days, brutal weather conditions and an endless stream of boat repairs, Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race has finally come to a close. The arrival of CAMPER in Itajai, Brazil on Tuesday marked the end of the longest stretch of the entire race, and arguably the most challenging segment up to this point.
With the increased emphasis on “extreme” pro racing—including wing-sailed carbon-fiber cats, gigantic oceangoing multihulls and Volvo 70s leaving arrow-straight wakes across the Southern Ocean—many might consider the idea of an inshore displacement monohull circuit to be a nonstarter.
With the Weymouth Olympic Regatta now more than three months behind us, and a deep-dive evaluation of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program complete, we’re focused on a strategy designed to return U.S. sailors to the podium.