by Adam Cort

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

Going to Extremes

by Adam Cort, Posted June 13, 2011
The Extreme Sailing Series, a worldwide racing circuit starring high-powered Extreme 40 catamarans, is on its way to the United States.Now in its fifth season, the series features 11 teams loaded with veteran sailors whose resumes include everything from world championships to the Olympics to the America’s Cup. Among the nine scheduled stops this year are the Sultanate of Oman, England’s
Brad Van Liew has won the fifth and final stage of the Velux 5 Oceans Race, logging a perfect score for the round-the-world event aboard his Eco 60 Le Pingouin. The finish in La Rochelle, France, marks the end of Van Liew’s third solo circumnavigation and the second time he has swept the field in the Around Alone/Velux 5 Oceans series, solidifying his place as America’s
Returning to the waters that made them famous, the J class yachts Velsheda and Ranger are holding a series of races off Newport, Rhode Island, June 15-19 to kick off a four-regatta series that culminates in a race around England’s Isle of Wight in 2012.Starts and finishes will be off Fort Adams. Other good vantage points around the bay will be at

Arcona 460

by Adam Cort, Posted May 21, 2011
I’ve often wished I had more time for a boat test, especially aboard a boat I liked. This wasn’t a problem, though, when I got a chance to sail the Swedish-built Arcona 460 Safir III this past summer.

Arcona 340

by Adam Cort, Posted May 18, 2011
The Swedish builder Arcona has been producing award-winning sloops for over 40 years, though the first Arcona arrived in U.S. waters only a couple of years ago. I suspect it won’t be long before the company is a force to be reckoned with.

Topaz Taz

by Adam Cort, Posted May 17, 2011
The little sister of the 12ft Topaz, Topper International’s 9ft 8in TAZ weighs just 88 pounds, making it a breeze for junior sailors and their instructors to manhandle.

Cruising the Panhandle

by Adam Cort, Posted May 9, 2011
Walking down the dock to the Beneteau 393 Splendid Adventure I felt like I was arriving at the scene of a crime. It was late October, and the overcast night sky was pitch black. The air was sweltering hot, absolutely still. To the right I could see the lights of the port of Pensacola, Florida, to the left the lights of the city’s historic Seville Square district. What I was really looking for,
Team Dragon defeated three other doublehanded teams over the weekend to win the offshore opener of this week’s Atlantic Cup—a new event featuring red-hot Class 40 sloops and $15,000 in prize money.Dragon completed the course, which began in New York Harbor and ended in Newport, Rhode Island, in just under 31 hours. Its two closest competitors, Team Cutlass-11th Hour
On April 10, American sailor Ryan Breymaier and his German teammate Boris Herrmann crossed the finish line on board the Open 60 Neutrogena in fifth place out of 15 boats in the double-handed Barcelona World Race—despite being relative newcomers to shorthanded offshore racing and sailing a relatively “old” boat, built in 2004.The 25,000-mile race begins and ends in the
The 2010-11 World ARC, organized by the World Cruising Club, officially drew to a close in late April, with the 18-boat fleet taking part in a parade of sail, followed by a prize-giving dinner at the Royal Saint Lucian hotel in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.The 2010-11 World ARC, which was open to monohulls and multihulls with a minimum LOA of 40 feet, began in the Caribbean in January
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