by Adam Cort

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

100 Knots Under Sail?

by Adam Cort, Posted February 17, 2014
Although weather conditions this past summer prevented French speedster Alain Thébault from launching an attempt on the Los Angeles-Honolulu record aboard his foiling tri l’Hydroptere, the setback has hardly slowed him down. 
The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race has not only been attracting more participants, it has also become more interesting for sailing fans in the United States.

New England Ropes STS Rope

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
When it comes to high-modulus rope, the fibers themselves are only part of the equation. Just as important, if you’re in search of the ultimate in performance, is the way those fibers are assembled.
In the end it was Taylor Canfield’s USone team that carried WAKA Racing skipper Phil Robertson on its shoulders as part of his victory celebration—despite the fact that it had been Robertson who’d knocked them out of Malaysia’s Monsoon Cup just hours earlier.  

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.

Nautitech 542

by Adam Cort, Posted January 9, 2014
Like many monohull sailors, what first drew me to today’s cruising multihulls was all that lounging space. Performance concerns were secondary, at best. What was the point? Over the years, though, my standards have changed. No longer am I content sailing on a mere party platform.
The good news is that the Volvo Ocean Race has what looks to be a fast, super-sexy one-design boat for crews to compete aboard. The bad news is that at press time, with less than a year to go to the October 4, 2014, start in Alicante, Spain, only three teams had officially thrown their hats into the ring: China’s Team Dongfeng, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Sweden’s all-female Team SCA.
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...
Three decades after Seldén launched its much-celebrated Furlex line, the Swedish rig and deck hardware manufacturer has introduced a fourth generation of its venerable roller-furlers.

A Living Tradition

by Adam Cort, Posted December 4, 2013
A few weeks after visiting the Nautor’s Swan yard in Finland I was lucky enough to take part in the Swan Owners Association’s 2013 American Swan Regatta on Narragansett Bay.
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