by Adam Cort

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

Race organizer 11th Hour Racing is bringing grand prix Class 40 racing to U.S. shores this spring as part of its new Atlantic Cup regatta. The event, which is set to begin May 7, will include Pro-Am racing in New York Harbor, a double-handed distance race from New York to Newport, Rhode Island, and a series of fully crewed inshore buoy races in Newport. Highlighting the grand prix nature of the

User-Friendly Furling

by Adam Cort, Posted November 23, 2010
The new NEX continuous-line Code O furler features a bright green "I-Connect" sail attachment system in both the base and swivel unit to facilitate quick sail changes using a captive pin system. The I-Connect can be operated with one hand and has no protruding parts to snag errant lines. A "Quick Fit" line-fitting system provides easy access to the furling drum so the furling line can be left on

Happy Feet

by Adam Cort, Posted November 23, 2010
Barefoot sailing on a hot day is the best. But you do so at your own peril, especially when racing. Enter the new Marine Sandal line from Colorado-based Chaco, featuring a nonmarking Vibram outsole that offers exceptional grip on wet, steeply canted decks. The Z/2 Marine Sandal includes a toe strap for extra stability, while the Z/1 (pictured) lets all ten toes wiggle at will. Although they may

Cleveland Boat Wins BAB Contest

by Adam Cort, Posted November 22, 2010
Skipper Jim Sminchak of Cleveland’s Lakeside Yacht Club and the crew of his J/105 it prevailed over a strong field in SAIL’s 2010 Best Around the Buoys (BAB) contest and will be heading to Florida in January to take part in 2011 Key West Race Week.

And then There Were Two?

by Adam Cort, Posted November 11, 2010
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Valencia, Spain, has dropped out of the running as the site of the 34th America’s Cup Regatta, leaving San Francisco and an unidentified port in Italy as the last remaining contenders.America’s Cup organizers are planning to announce a venue for the 2013 event by the end of this year. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has been lobbying

Brand New World

by Adam Cort, Posted November 10, 2010
It quickly became a running joke. “How come we never went snorkeling here before?” my wife, Shelly, would ask. “What a great beach. Why didn’t we go swimming like this the last time we were here?”The answer in each case was exactly the same: we’d been sailing, beating our way up and around St. John, reaching through the trades, reveling in the sheer joy of our boat speed. Not until the sun

U.S. Solo Sailing Update

by Adam Cort, Posted November 9, 2010
This past week saw not one, but two U.S. sailors competing in a pair of offshore, singlehanded classics. Making his way toward Cape Town, South Africa, veteran circumnavigator Brad Van Liew is currently leading the pack in the Velux 5 Oceans Race. Meanwhile, Etienne Giroire is fighting his way from Brittany, France, to Guadeloupe aboard the 40-foot trimaran ATNinc.com as part of the 2010

Three To Go

by Adam Cort, Posted November 8, 2010
Mere days into the official 34th America’s Cup challenge period, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) has thrown its hat into the ring, making it the second official challenger for the event, after the challenger of record, Club Nautico di Roma. At a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden, officials with the KSSS and the Artemis Racing sailing team, which will represent it, outlined in

Automatic Pitch Variation

by Adam Cort, Posted November 5, 2010
The new Max-Prop Ecowind feathering propeller from PYI Inc. automatically varies its pitch under different motoring situations, providing higher top speeds in both calm and rough conditions, significantly lower fuel consumption, extended range under power, better acceleration and less engine noise at cruising speeds.The key to the Ecowind is a patented spring systems that adjusts propeller

Strong Line

by Adam Cort, Posted November 5, 2010
To manufacturer its new Ph.D. line, Yale Cordage entwines individual bundles of load-bearing, pre-stretched Honeywell Spectra S1000 strands with proprietary iGrip-treated, easy-to-grip polyester fibers. The encapsulated Spectra strands are then woven into a 12-strand, single-braid line that provides the same, or better strength than a standard double-braid, without a double-braid’s bulk and
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