by Adam Cort

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

The Volvo Race will once again be making a stop in the United States, this time in the port of Miami. Organizers have announced that for the 2011-12 running, the fleet will finish there at the end of a leg beginning in Brazil.Miami will then serve as the jumping-off point for a transatlantic leg finishing in Lisbon. According to race organizers, Miami fought off a number of other North

Around the World in 48 Days

by Adam Cort, Posted March 22, 2010
It took five long years, but Bruno Peyron and Orange 2 no longer hold the record for the fastest circumnavigation under sail. That honor—and the Jules Verne Trophy that goes with it—now belongs to skipper Franck Cammas, navigator Stan Honey and the rest of the crew of the maxi-trimaran Groupama 3, which did it in an incredible 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds! That’s an
Heading into the homestretch on its bid to set a new round-the-world record, Franck Cammas’ maxi-trimaran Groupama 3 remains locked in a head-to-head battle with its “virtual” competition, Bruno Peyron’s Orange 2.Since setting sail on February 1, Cammas and crew have been keeping close tabs on their progress relative to that of Orange 2, the current holder of the
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has broken new ground for the Volvo Ocean Race by being confirmed as the first Middle East stopover in the history of the event.A boat from Abu Dhabi will also take its place on the start line of the 2011-12 race, which is scheduled to begin in Alicante, Spain, in the autumn of next year.The agreement was signed yesterday by

Payne Wins Moth Worlds

by Adam Cort, Posted March 15, 2010
A repeat for 2009 Rolex Yachstman of the Year Bora Gulari was not to be as UK sailor Simon Payne won last week’s Puma 2010 Moth International World Championships in Dubai.Nonetheless, the U.S. contingent has no reason to be ashamed. While second place went to Aussie Andrew McDougall, third went to U.S. sailor Brad Funk (husband of Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe—small
American skipper Rick Merriman and crew Phil Trinter took first place on the sixth and final day of Star Class at this year’s Bacardi Cup in Miami and in the process secured an overall regatta win as well.With strong, gusting winds hitting 24 knots, about a half-dozen boats were dismasted, including the day's early leader, Bermudan skipper Peter Bromby and crew Magnus

Heineken Regatta Turns 30

by Adam Cort, Posted March 12, 2010
Although many regattas have struggled of late as a result of the current economic climate, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta marked three decades of serious racing and partying this past week with some 240 yachts taking part.As in years past, the three-day event, organized by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, attracted some of the world’s most talented sailors, including America’s Cup veterans

More from SpeedDream

by Adam Cort, Posted March 12, 2010
After unveiling the SpeedDream concept a couple of months ago, New England-based designer Vlad Murnikov is continuing to shed light on his planned record-breaking monohull as the project moves forward.According to Murnikov, who designed Fazisi, the Russian entry in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race, SpeedDream will be capable of sustained speeds of 40-45 knots
The American Sail Training Association (ASTA) is teaming up with the environmental organization Great Lakes United to bring a fleet of international tall ships to American’s heartland.As part of this summer’s Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge 2010, the fleet will race through all five Great Lakes, making port appearances in cities in both the United States and Canada. Specific stops
After a slow start, skipper Franck Cammas and his maxi trimaran Groupama 3 are now locked in a tight “virtual match race” with Bruno Peyron’s 38-meter catamaran Orange 2.Cammas is about midway through an attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, which is awarded to the boat with the fastest circumnavigation. Orange 2 currently holds the record—completing the 27,000-mile
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