by Adam Cort

Adam Cort is SAIL’s executive editor. He lives and sails in the Boston area.

This past Sunday, Emirates Team New Zealand won its ninth consecutive race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, cementing its status as the top team in the challengers’ series.

Artemis Back on Track?

by Adam Cort, Posted July 25, 2013
On the boat’s maiden sail, Artemis Racing got hull #2, “Big Blue,” up on its foils in winds as strong as 15 knots—a dramatic statement from the team that has been in crisis mode ever since the May 9 capsize of its first boat took the life of strategist Andrew “Bart” Simpson.

Kiwis Looking Dominant

by Adam Cort, Posted July 24, 2013
Not only did ETNZ once again lead from wire to wire, the team managed to cross the finish line more than 2 minutes ahead of the Italians, despite losing their jib just before the race’s midpoint after a halyard shackle failed.
Honda Marine’s BF2.3hp four-stroke outboard weighs just 29.5lb and has a larger 0.29gal internal fuel tank that in combination with its improved fuel efficiency allows it to run for up to 60 minutes at full throttle. A centrifugal clutch makes switching into gear a snap, and the engine is air-cooled, so you never have to worry about a water pump getting plugged by sand or weeds in the shallows.
Keep your digital music safe and dry while playing it offshore with Aquatic AV’s new Bluetooth-capable waterproof Digital Media Locker. The locker keeps most any digital music-playing...
Johnson Marine’s splice line fittings allow you to easily and reliably splice Dyneema or Spectra line onto a variety of different lifeline terminals when swapping out high-modulus line for stainless steel wire lifelines. The fittings are machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and are anodized to ensure long service life.

AC34: a Race at Last

by Adam Cort, Posted July 15, 2013
After weeks of turmoil, on Saturday we finally had a first race in the Louis Vuitton challenger series, between Emirates Team New Zealand and their training partner, Luna Rossa. 
The past year has been a good one for small boats and daysailers, but even in a crowded field, the Tartan Fantail stands out as something special—a boat that is elegant, practical and, best of all, a whole lot of fun.
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. 

Rugged LED Nav Lights

by Adam Cort, Posted June 27, 2013
Hella marine’s NaviLED PRO series bi-color LED nav lights feature a sealed, UV-resistant, high-impact housing that will last as long as the LEDs it contains.
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