Racing News

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. 
Yandex, Russia’s leading technology company, is teaming with SpeedDream to attempt to build the world’s fasted monohull. Yandex, as the principal sponsor, will lend SpeedDream its computing power and technological expertise to build a successful design.

Racing: Know Your Rules

by Adam Cort, Posted December 13, 2012
Boat A sails up from astern to establish an overlap with boat B about 20 seconds before the start and immediately begins luffing up to try to pinch off boat B at the committee boat...

Grand Prix Dreamin'

by Adam Cort, Posted February 7, 2013
For U.S. sailors with grand prix dreams, the time may have come to make those dreams a reality. Now in its third year, the Atlantic Cup, a pair of Class 40 double-handed offshore races and a fully crewed inshore series run off Newport, Rhode Island, is set to resume May 11-26.
After the tragic capsize of the Artemis Racing AC72 on May 9 that resulted in the death of team member Andrew “Bart” Simpson, the team, America’s Cup organizers and the San Francisco Police Department are working together to review the circumstances surrounding the incident.
What was supposed to have been a waterborne extravaganza celebrating all things AC, instead resulted in a single AC 72—Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ)—sailing what was essentially an uncontested practice race on Sunday for points. 

Debris-strewn Transpac

by Adam Cort, Posted June 26, 2013
In addition to the usual hazards faced by offshore racers, competitors in this year’s Transpac Yacht Club’s LA-Honolulu Race found themselves dodging a surprising amount of debris as they navigated the 2,225-mile course.

A Classic Sydney Hobart

by Adam Cort, Posted January 13, 2014
It was a textbook Rolex Sydney Hobart Race this past Boxing Day: sunshine for the start in Sydney, followed by a nice snotty gale in the Bass Strait by Day 4, which forced number of boats to withdraw, including the Reichel Pugh 55 Wedgetail, dismasted off Tasman Island as she neared the home stretch.
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