Racing News

Smashing Through Mount Gay Around Jamestown Records

by SAIL Editors, Posted August 20, 2014
It’s been an exciting year for the Mount Gay Around Jamestown Record, with a number of different boats taking part and records for the Rhode Island classic falling right and left.
“If you’re making 25 knots upwind and 40 knots downwind, tacking on someone and gassing them just isn’t happening,” Cayard says. “In seriously-overpowered boats, the match will be about who can actually get the boat around the course and figure out how to avoid that extra gybe that costs you maybe 20 seconds, maybe 250 meters.”
The demise of the Audi MedCup for 2012 not only ended one of the most successful and long-running commercial events in sailing, it also led us to ponder the future of high-profile sponsored sailing. Can it actually deliver good value for sponsors?
In 2003, Robert Miller and his monohull Mary Cha IV set the world speed record for sailing from New York to Cape Lizard, at 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds. Giovanni Soldini and his crew aboard Maserati are now looking to shatter it.
For full 2012 Olympics coverage, read on and make sure to click the links for more on the team, the competition, the venue and changes in the approach to U.S. Olympic sailing.

HPR in the Big Boat Series

by Adam Cort, Posted September 18, 2012
The new High Performance Rule (HPR) took another big step forward this month when it was used to score its own division at the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay.
The 20 solo sailors preparing for the 28,050-mile Vendée Globe race around the world that begins tomorrow can breathe a momentary sigh of relief tonight, as the weather forecast for the start of their journey looks mild.
Following a medal-free Olympic run in 2012, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is making several strategic moves to reposition itself over the next four years. Today, the team announced a new partnership with Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY, naming Oakcliff Sailing an official training center for the team.

U.S. Team on a Roll

by Adam Cort, Posted March 28, 2013
After coming up empty at the 2012 Olympics, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider did well at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami, taking five gold medals, three silver and three bronze.
An America’s Cup that has already been marked by unprecedented change and tragedy appears destined to remain very much in a state of flux until well into the Louis Vuitton challenger elimination series, scheduled to begin July 7. 
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