by Adam Cort

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

The RC44 class kicked off its 2011 season in style, with thousands of shore-side spectators on hand to see the Russian flagged Katusha, with Paul Cayard calling tactics and amateur helmsman Bob Little behind the wheel, win the opening regatta in San Diego.Finishing second in the 11-boat fleet was Oracle Racing, with Russell Coutts calling tactics and owner-driver Larry
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 between Sunset Key and Wisteria Island.Doing so in a typical, deep-draft, 35-foot J/Boat would have been risky at best—on the chart the passage between the two islands shows a couple of
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ultra-chic Bucket Regatta series, which began on Nantucket Island in 1986 and has since moved to Newport, Rhode Island, and the island of St. Barthelemy. The first Bucket was an informal affair, with seven boats competing over a 15-mile course. Since then, the Bucket has grown tremendously and has become the event for megayachts,
Inaugural Best Around the Buoys Team WINS PHRF 1 at Key West Race Week! Congratulations to the Best Around the Buoys crew aboard the J/111 Kontiki V, overall winners of PHRF 1 at Key West 2011!
SAIL’s annual Pittman Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative products in the sailboat market. For 2011, SAIL's editors have selected 15 groundbreaking new sailing products. "It was more difficult than ever for our judges to narrow down such a strong field of new products. Here's proof that the marine industry is forging ahead with research and development," said Editor-in-Chief Peter

Friend or Faux?

by Adam Cort, Posted January 10, 2011
One of the most eye-catching boats at the Newport boat show last fall, the Scandinavian Cruiser 20, is a fast daysailer with a narrow hull and a traditional teak deck. At least it looked like teak. As I was checking out the SC20, something about those decks struck me as being a little off. Then it hit me: they looked too good, too clean to be real. The fact that I had to ask to make sure they

Barcelona World Race

by Adam Cort, Posted January 10, 2011
After four grueling days battling light winds and contrary currents in the Mediterranean, the entire 14-boat Barcelona World Race fleet is now out on the open Atlantic and headed south, with American Ryan Breymaier and his teammate, Boris Herrmann, aboard the Open 60 Neutrogena in sixth
Multihulls have been around for a long time. The Chinese reportedly sailed double-hulled junks as early as 2700 BC, and ancient Polynesians used a variety of multi-hulled craft to colonize the South Pacific. The Englishman William Dampier was the first Westerner on record to use the word “catamaran” back in the 1690s during a trip through the Tamil region in Southern India. The word itself comes

Secret Wins Rolex Sydney Hobart

by Adam Cort, Posted December 30, 2010
Australian skipper Geoff Boettcher, owner of the Reichel/Pugh 51 Secret Men’s Business 3.5, has won the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, taking the Tattersall’s Cup, which goes to the fastest boat in the fleet on corrected time.The 2010 race, one of the roughest in recent memory, was Boettcher’s 22nd Sydney Hobart. Nineteen out of the 87 boats that started had to withdraw due to

Wild Oats Wins Hobart Race

by Adam Cort, Posted December 29, 2010
Twenty hours after the 100-footer Wild Oats XI was first to cross the finish line in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, she has been declared the official line-honors winner after being cleared of a protest lodged by the race committee.Wild Oats XI completed the 628-course from Sydney Harbor to Hobart, Tasmania, in 2 days 7 hours and 37 minutes, in the process surviving one of
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