by Adam Cort

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

Offer sailors a lot of rum, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get their attention—which is exactly what happened when Mount Gay Rum announced in 2012 that it would be doing just that for whoever set a new speed record around Rhode Island’s Conanicut Island, aka Jamestown.

100 Knots Under Sail?

by Adam Cort, Posted February 17, 2014
Although weather conditions this past summer prevented French speedster Alain Thébault from launching an attempt on the Los Angeles-Honolulu record aboard his foiling tri l’Hydroptere, the setback has hardly slowed him down. 
The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race has not only been attracting more participants, it has also become more interesting for sailing fans in the United States.

New England Ropes STS Rope

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
When it comes to high-modulus rope, the fibers themselves are only part of the equation. Just as important, if you’re in search of the ultimate in performance, is the way those fibers are assembled.

Wichard FRX Low Friction Rings

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
Simplify line handling aboard your racer or cruiser with Wichard FRX Low Friction Rings, which can be used for handling a variety of different heavy semi-static loads, like those found in cascading backstays, lazy jacks or fairlead/in-hauler applications.

Lewmar Race Winch

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
Take on your competition with the help of Lewmar Race Winches, which are now lighter than ever through the selective use of aluminum and composites. Lewmar’s competition line is available in two models: the Race Winch and the Race Winch Plus.

Harken T2 Block Line

by Adam Cort, Posted January 31, 2014
Harken continues to build on its lightweight soft-attach T2 block line, with double-sheave versions of its 18, 29, 40 and 57mm blocks that allow sailors to create an even greater array of systems.
Ronstan’s recent upgrades to its continuous-line furlers are based on years of feedback from its customers. The resulting Gen 2 continuous-line furlers are more advanced than ever to facilitate deploying and furling reaching sails underway.
In the end it was Taylor Canfield’s USone team that carried WAKA Racing skipper Phil Robertson on its shoulders as part of his victory celebration—despite the fact that it had been Robertson who’d knocked them out of Malaysia’s Monsoon Cup just hours earlier.  

A Classic Sydney Hobart

by Adam Cort, Posted January 13, 2014
It was a textbook Rolex Sydney Hobart Race this past Boxing Day: sunshine for the start in Sydney, followed by a nice snotty gale in the Bass Strait by Day 4, which forced number of boats to withdraw, including the Reichel Pugh 55 Wedgetail, dismasted off Tasman Island as she neared the home stretch.
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