Racing News

Everyone loves a Sunfish. Many of us who grew up sailing have fond memories of our first adventures on these small, single-handed sailboats, and may have even started competing on them. 
When a solo sailor in the Singlehanded Transpacific Race realized he wasn’t merely sick, but dying, the Coast Guard and a merchant ship immediately effected a rescue.
  "That's it... We've smashed the arse off it!” tweeted the Vestas Sailrocket 2 team on Friday. The team broke the 500 meter speed record, with an average of 59.38 knots Friday in Ludertiz, Namibia.

Sunfish By the Numbers

by Sail Staff, Posted January 16, 2013
This past year the venerable and yet forever young Sunfish marked its 60th year and 50th North American Nationals regatta.
Tickets are on sale now for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. Spectators will be able to watch the racing from three separate locations.

A Laser by any other Name

by Sail Staff, Posted June 17, 2013
In a move reminiscent of the Purple One’s name change to “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince,” Laser designer Bruce Kirby has rechristened his venerable Laser design as the “Kirby Torch.” 
The America’s Cup Event Authority recently released a fun video that provides at least a glimpse of what’s involved in getting these 72-footer airborne.
The round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race has a new design for 2014—just one design, the VO65. For the first time, every team will compete on the same model boat, stripping the race down to what will be a fierce battle of skill.
Offer sailors a lot of rum, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get their attention—which is exactly what happened when Mount Gay Rum announced in 2012 that it would be doing just that for whoever set a new speed record around Rhode Island’s Conanicut Island, aka Jamestown.

The Great Texas 300 Hits the Beach

by SAIL Editors, Posted May 22, 2014
This year marks the 12th running of the Great Texas 300—a marathon event in which many teams are forced to drop out before they even have a chance to truly get going, as their dreams come to grief in the heavy surf of the race’s signature beach starts.
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