by Adam Cort

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

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.
For the first time since it became a major pro series with serious cash prizes, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour will be coming to the United States, in mid-July for the five-day Chicago Match Cup.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS

by Adam Cort, Posted March 2, 2012
I tend to look ask​ance at boats like the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44DS, under the assumption that dramatic styling and scads of space belowdecks leave little room in the design brief for performance. In the case of the 4DS, though, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
After marking the third decade of hospice regattas in 2011, the National Hospice Regatta Alliance (NHRA) is promoting no less than 25 events in 2012, taking place from Mt. Desert Island, Maine, to Santa Barbara, California. Since its founding in 1982, the all-volunteer hospice regatta movement has raised more than $16 million to support hospice programs around the country that have helped relieve the suffering of tens of thousands of dying patients through the years.
Truly we live in a Brave New World of electronic gizmos. The latest gadget du jour is this new AquaLens high-def underwater camera, which transmits live video to a dedicated wrist-mounted LCD screen. 
Imtra’s Side-Power SEP series DC thrusters have a variable power control—as opposed to a simple on-off switch—to help you get your boat in and out of tight spots. 
Look good on and off the water with this new CoCo cap from SailFast, which wicks away sweat and provides UPF40+ sun protection while keeping your melon toasty warm. 

Adjustable Hatch Vent

by Adam Cort, Posted March 1, 2012
An open hatch on a hot day helps cool things off by letting in fresh air, but all too often it can let in rain or spray as well. To keeps things comfortable belowdecks, no matter the weather, ATN Inc. created the Dorcap
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