by Adam Cort

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

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.

Nautitech 542

by Adam Cort, Posted January 9, 2014
Like many monohull sailors, what first drew me to today’s cruising multihulls was all that lounging space. Performance concerns were secondary, at best. What was the point? Over the years, though, my standards have changed. No longer am I content sailing on a mere party platform.
The good news is that the Volvo Ocean Race has what looks to be a fast, super-sexy one-design boat for crews to compete aboard. The bad news is that at press time, with less than a year to go to the October 4, 2014, start in Alicante, Spain, only three teams had officially thrown their hats into the ring: China’s Team Dongfeng, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Sweden’s all-female Team SCA.
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