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The new Diam 24 One Design tri. Photo courtesy of Christophe Launay

The new Diam 24 One Design tri. Photo courtesy of Christophe Launay

Legacy Building

While most college regattas are contested in dinghies, some events—including the Los Angeles Yacht Club’s Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup—offer big-boat experience, great racing and onshore socializing. This year’s Harbor Cup (March 13-15) was extra tense for Chris Vilicich, California Maritime Academy’s skipper, who hoped top continue his school’s four-year winning streak. After 10 races the Vilicich and the Keelhaulers pulled off a proud five-peat, beating the College of Charleston and the U.S. Naval Academy.


The annual Tour de France à la Voile, which features both stage racing along the coast of France and in-port regattas, is getting a facelift for 2015. Gone are the monohulls of yore, replaced by a fleet of 24ft Diam 24 one-design trimarans, which were designed by VPLP and built in France. While not foilers, these new tris have already attracted some big names to the event—including Bernard Stamm, Franck Cammas and Thomas Colville—which kicks off on July 3.

Sprint for Information

In March, Race For Water Odyssey—a MOD 70 racing trimaran—left Bordeaux, France, on an around-the-world-in-less-than-300-days mission to collect data and to make an educated assessment of how much plastic pollution is in the world’s oceans. By visiting islands near the world’s trash vortexes, the team, led by skipper Stève Ravussin and expedition leader Marco Simeoni, hopes to help determine the human and environmental ramifications of this pollution, and to raise international awareness. Learn more at

Production Cup

In an effort to spur participation, June’s Annapolis to Newport Race has added several interesting components. As previously noted, the race is serving as part of the greater East Coast Offshore Series, and a Performance Cruising class has been created. Now news has broken that the event will feature a Manufacturer’s Trophy, to be awarded to the production-boat manufacturer who has at least five yachts competing, and whose top-five finishers generate the best average score.



The ICW North Bound Migration Begins

As the northbound migration begins, we are getting some early reports on conditions along the ICW. The overall impression this spring is that after the damages caused by the hurricanes, the winter storms have apparently not made too many additional changes. There is even some more


Charter: Historic Croatia

Heaps of history—that’s not usually what comes to mind when you plan a sailing charter, but if you like a bit of culture mixed with your cruising, Croatia is the place to go. Caught between two worlds, (the whitewashed laid back vibe of the Mediterranean and the brash demeanor of more


Gear: Pan-Pan man-overboard Locator

There He Goes!The Pan-Pan man-overboard locator won a Pittman award for 2017 as a great idea, and now it is in production as the Weems & Plath CrewWatcher. It’s a two-part system that employs a smartphone app to locate a small personal beacon that triggers automatically should more


SAIL 2018: Reader's Photographs

Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? If so, we’d love to see it. Send your sailing photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.comAnd don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter.Check back for updates!This was taken from half way across the 26 mile crossing more

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The Volvo Returns to the Southern Ocean

Since the Volvo Ocean Race’s inception, the Southern Ocean has made it what it is. And no part of the race says “Southern Ocean” like Leg 7 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí, Brazil. The 7,600-mile leg, which starts this Sunday, is not only the longest of the event, but far more


SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comTeak deck paradise  I had a call recently from the man who replaced the deck on my Mason 44 five years ago. He was worried about the way people are wrecking their teak decks trying to get the green off. more