by Adam Cort

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

The America's Cup Comes Home

by Adam Cort, Posted February 23, 2010
The America’s Cup is back in the United States. The oldest trophy in international sports arrived in San Francisco late last week, following BMW Oracle’s win over Alinghi in two straight races in Valencia, Spain.The trophy flew first class from Valencia, accompanied by members of the BMW Oracle racing team, for a “victory tour” in the United States.After touching down last Friday in

Volvo Sets Route for 2011-12

by Adam Cort, Posted February 23, 2010
The course for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, due to start from Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2011, is now set and the first port of call will be Cape Town, South Africa, making its eighth appearance as host to this premier ocean race.This marks the beginning of the port announcement process for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Organizers will reveal the rest of the course around the

Not Just a Wing

by Adam Cort, Posted February 17, 2010
Back in 1851, when the schooner America got things going by winning the America's Cup in a race around the Isle of Wight, it was widely assumed it was her then-radical hull shape that did the trick. In fact, it was largely the result of her superior sails.Fast forward to 1983, the year John Bertrand aboard Australia II won the Cup from Dennis Conner and the New York Yacht

The Match is On!

by Adam Cort, Posted February 1, 2010
Justice Shirley Kornreich of the New York Supreme Court has told the two syndicates competing in the 33rd America’s Cup that she will not hear any further arguments between now and the time the competition is scheduled to begin in February—in effect giving the final go-ahead for some actual racing.In recent weeks, challenger BMW Oracle capped off years of legal wrangling by claiming that

Storms Hamper Miami OCR

by Adam Cort, Posted January 26, 2010
The sailors at US Sailing’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, the second of seven stops for this year’s International Sailing Federation World Cup, are hoping for better conditions today after all 13 classes had to stand down due to bad weather.Though the day seemed promising enough at first, the threat of thunderstorms on Biscayne Bay compelled organizers to put racing on hold for safety. In all, the
BMW Oracle has begun sailing in Valencia, Spain, as it continues to tune up for next months scheduled running of the 33rd Americas Cup regatta. The team has also unveiled a new name for its boat. Previously referred to—none too glamorously—as BOR 90, the 90ft trimaran is now being called USA.“Everyone was very excited to get out on the water," said team CEO Russell

Brits Win Star Worlds

by Adam Cort, Posted January 22, 2010
British Olympians Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have bested a fleet of 73 to win the Star World Championship regatta, hosted this year by the Yacht Club of Rio de Janeiro (ICRJ). The Swiss team of Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria, leaders in the ISAF world ranking, took second while Brazilians Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira came in third.   With his victory, Percy joins a select group of

Getting Personal

by Adam Cort, Posted January 21, 2010
For those looking to capture the true tenor of the 33rd America’s Cup without having to wade through all those boring legal briefs, look no further than the work of Alinghi’s team cartoonist, Mark O’Brien.A native of Dunedin, New Zealand, O’Brien has been covering sailing for years, ever since he created a series on the 1989-90 Whitbread for the Auckland Star during the fleet’s

Key West Set to Begin

by Adam Cort, Posted January 15, 2010
Some of the hottest sailboats and crews in the world have begun arriving in Southern Florida for next week’s Key West Race Week, scheduled for January 18-22.Although the island has been experiencing record cold temperatures as a result of the recent cold snap, the forecast is for more seasonable balmy conditions by the time of the first start on Monday. Numbers are down, with just
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has presented its 2009 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to U.S. sailors Maurice and Sophie Conti for rescuing three people from a sunken yacht in heavy weather off a remote reef.On the night of October 13, 2008, the Contis were aboard their Catana 471 catamaran Ocealys, far out in the South Pacific, when they picked up a
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