When it comes to double-handed endurance sailing, the Barcelona World Race (BWR) is Mount Everest: 23,322 miles, nonstop, leaving the three great capes to port and Antarctica to starboard. The BWR kicked off on December 31 and within weeks Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, sailing aboard the IMOCA 60 Cheminées Poujoulat, were in pole position. By Cape Horn they commanded a 1,000-plus mile lead, which they meticulously maintained. All told, Stamm and Le Cam sailed 27,950 nautical miles at a blistering pace of 13.82 knots and set a new course record of 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds. Bravo!
Iconic Merlin in the Biennial Newport-Bermuda Race
If you’re over 40 and know anything about sailing, you probably know exactly who Bill Lee is. The image is clear: bushy brown hair escaping from a Gilligan-style bucket hat, oversized sunglasses and a wrinkled flower-print button-down shirt. We (I’m 43) can also picture the ...read more