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I have previously opined on the other recent West Coast sailing tragedies (the one America's Cup fatality in May, the four fatalities on Aegean in the Ensenada Race last April, and the five fatalities on Low Speed Chase in the Farallones Race also last April), but have only mentioned in passing the incident aboard the...
Is this a harbinger of what's to come? First race yesterday of the Louis Vuitton finals to determine who will challenge Oracle for the America's Cup and the Italians are crippled straight off with a busted daggerboard. The Kiwis, meanwhile, stuff their bows, lose two guys overboard, yet still finish the race.
This may be the only reason I would ever want to be Tom Cruise. Even Grant Dalton seems to be impressed by him, and when Tom gets to ride on an AC72, he actually gets to help sail the boat. Meanwhile, while racing without Tom Cruise onboard, Emirates Team New Zealand, as you've probably noticed,...
GET OUT YOUR CALENDARS, sports fans, and mark down this date: Saturday, August 10, 2013. The third annual Round Island Regatta, held in the historic South End in Portsmouth, NH, promises (per usual) to be more fun than humans should be allowed to have without breaking the law. Anyone with a small trailerable sailboat or...
I INFLICTED BOTH FORMS of sailing on the family over the long weekend, with rather mixed results. First, on Saturday, we attempted to campaign our 15-foot Drascombe Dabber Mimi in the Round Island Regatta (RIR) in Portsmouth. The photo up top (snapped by a friend on shore with a phone) shows us in our moment...
I WAS THINKING Thursday morning it was about time for more news on the awful fate of Aegean, the Hunter 376 that slammed straight into North Coronado Island during the Newport Ensenada Race in April. And bingo! Up pops a post from my fellow SAILfeed associate, the mysterious Mariner, describing how a pair of divers...
THIS ISN'T BREAKING NEWS, I know, but it bears repeating: the U.S. Olympic sailing team were super-big losers at the London games this month. Not one single medal. First time this has happened since the Berlin games in 1936. (Little known historical theory: some believe it was the poor performance of U.S. sailors in '36...
THIS YEAR'S BERMUDA RACE, which starts today out of Newport, is looking to be a fast one. That wind chart for this afternoon you see up top is representative of the predicted conditions--moderate to strong northeasterlies right on the beam--from now until Sunday. Already the pundits are speculating that the fastest boats may finish in...
Editor’s note: Quite the exciting Fastnet Race this week! The largest race fleet since 1979, two new course records (outright record to super tri Banque Populaire; monohull record to the VO70 Abu Dhabi), plus the maxi monohull Rambler 100 (ex-Speedboat), which was en route to a record, lost its keel and capsized right at Fastnet...
I've posted barely a syllable about the America's Cup since Larry The Oracle wrested the Auld Cup from the clutches of Ernie The Alinghi back in February of last year. Since then Larry has certainly not followed all my advice regarding the fate of the Cup (1. sail again in 90-foot multihulls; 2) have it...
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