by Adam Cort

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

Skipper Yann Guichard and his brother Jacques both had to be airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment after the MOD70 trimaran Spindrift capsized during one of the inshore races of the Route de Princes race off Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. 
Raymarine’s new Evolution autopilots employ what the company calls its Evolution AI control algorithms, which enable them to “perceive their environment” and then instantly calculate and “evolve” a set of steering commands to maximize performance. 
Everything having to do with this year’s America’s Cup seems faster than ever—even the trickle-down effect. In April, as part of the Strictly Sail show in Oakland, California, the veteran multihull design firm Morrelli & Melvin—which helped write the AC72 rule and is a part of the Emirates Team New Zealand design team—revealed it already has a 45ft production foiling catamaran in the works. 

2013 OSTAR Finishes Up

by Adam Cort, Posted June 19, 2013
It’s good to see that some things stay the same. Chief among these is the OSTAR, the legendary event that basically invented the modern sport of singlehanded ocean racing.
This year’s running of the 23rd annual Delta Ditch Run featured something a little different, in the form of an unofficially entered foiling Moth, piloted by Bay-area sailor Johnny Goldsbury.
Despite a lack of transatlantic races to bring over a major European contingent, a still respectable field of seven competitors lined up for the third annual Atlantic Cup this past May to sail in a series of offshore and inshore races along the East Coast.

Hostile Shores

by Adam Cort, Posted June 17, 2013
A Modern-Day C.S. Forester
This month the Storm Trysail Club will mark its 25th running of Block Island Race Week, even as it celebrates its 75th anniversary as an organization. Founded in 1938 by some veterans of the extremely tough 1936 Bermuda Race, the club has since become an important sponsor of both inshore and offshore racing. 
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. 

An America's Cup Convert

by Adam Cort, Posted June 11, 2013
Count me among the converted. From the moment Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts, Jimmy Spithill et al. won the 33rd America’s Cup Regatta in Valencia, Spain, a little over three years ago, I’ve been concerned about the Cup’s future.  
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