by Adam Cort

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

Quantum Key West Race Week has long been a regatta where cutting-edge sailing hardware and hot new raceboats abound, and the 25th year was no exception. Making their racing debuts this year were Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XII, Austin Fragomen’s Interlodge and two new production boats—the Farr 400 and the McConaghy 38.
You can expect to see more offshore scows following David Raison’s victory in last year’s Mini-Transat aboard a scow-bowed 21-footer. Among them, hopefully, will be this 90-foot Transpac “maxi scow.”

Best Boats 2013: J/70

by Adam Cort, Posted March 29, 2012
There’s nothing more disappointing than test sailing a high-octane sport boat in a drifter. But that wasn’t a problem with the new 22ft, 9in J/70. For our sail trial we had a steady 20-knot southerly, gusting over 25 knots and kicking up a sharp chop off Bristol, Rhode Island.          
The International Sailing Federation has begun holding its women's skiff and mixed multihull evaluations for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at the High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain.
SAIL magazine and a panel of industry partners have selected the crew of the Tripp 38 Warrior as the winners of the Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week (CRW) Best Around the Buoys contest. 
I’ve sailed past Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay many times, first as a deckhand on various ore boats making their way between Minnesota and Indiana Harbor, Indiana, then during the course of a number of Chicago-Mackinac races.

J/108

by Adam Cort, Posted March 13, 2012
It was the perfect test for the new J/108: we were in Key West, and the light southerly breeze was opposing an ebb tide, creating a nasty chop in the shipping channel, so we opted instead to make an end run through the thin water between Sunset Key and Wisteria Island.

Groupama Wins VOR Leg 4

by Adam Cort, Posted March 12, 2012
The French Groupama team took first overall in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Racing, ending Team Telefonica’s winning streak and vaulting it into second place overall, ahead of Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Second place in the grueling leg from Sanya, China, to Auckland, New Zealand, went to Ken Read’s Puma Ocean Racing by BERG team, putting the team in fourth overll.
Two weeks after declaring victory in its battle to defend GPS, BoatUS is cautioning sailors and other GPS users that they’re not “out of the woods just yet,” following a Federal Communications Commission decision to extend the public comment period on the issue to March 16.
In recent years, sailors from the small Middle Eastern nation of Oman have met with surprising success in a number of high-profile races, including the Tour de France à la Voile and the Extreme 40 Sailing Series. Not surprisingly, given the mores of that part of the world, these sailors have all been men. But that is beginning to change thanks to the efforts of Oman Sail.
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