It's not a glamorous job, but getting the AC45s ready for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series is critical work.
Ahead of the Selection Series for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (happening on San Francisco Bay from Feb. 9-15 and Feb. 18-24), members of the San Francisco team American Youth Sailing Force ready the AC45s to be sailed by their potential competitors.
The 2012 America's Cup World Series stop in Newport drew big crowds to the lawns of Fort Adams State Park. In 2015, organizers of the Newport, R.I., Volvo Ocean Race stopover, hope to repeat.
The battle between Newport and Baltimore for host-port supremacy, goes to Rhode Island's City by the Sea, where the stronger fan base should emerge.
Volvo Ocean Race executives will announce today the selection of Newport, R.I., as the 2014-2015 race’s North American stopover. Never before has the round-the-world race pulled into the self-proclaimed Sailing Capitol of the World, and according to Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport, the non-profit public sailing center that will serve as the stopover’s host, a stop in the City by the Sea has been a long time coming.
Philippe Presti (right) has been coaching Jimmy Spithill on and off since they were both a part of Luna Rossa's campaign for the 32rd America's Cup.
Though he'd rather be sailing, former Finn champion Philippe Presti has carved out quite a niche for himself as Oracle Team USA's coach. How do you make the world's best sailing team better? He's got plenty of ideas.
Philippe Presti is a well-preserved secret in Oracle Team USA’s arsenal of racing weaponry. The angular 47-year-old Frenchman is one of those extremely quiet unassuming types that it pays to watch out for. He’s the sort who sits back quietly observing the lay of the land, or the race course as the case may be, biding his time patiently for the right play. These characteristics that have served him well as a coach for the defense syndicate. A sailor at heart, Presti takes his coaching role seriously and modestly claims that he is only as good a coach as he is a sailor.
Emirates Team New Zealand (left) and Luna Rossa trial their AC72s on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf in late November 2012. The platforms are virtually identical courtesy of a new technology sharing component of the AC72 rule.
While Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing struggled stateside, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa made the most of the good summer sailing weather, and the new technology sharing component of the protocol for the 34th America's Cup to push forward their respective AC72 programs.
[Editor's note: This story was initially scheduled for the January/February 2013 issue of Sailing World magazine, but was bumped from the issue. It was intended to be posted to the website instead, but was misplaced. Our apologies.]
Watched intently by Northern Hemisphere spy boats and with their 30 allotted sailing days quickly dwindling, Emirates Team New Zealand wrapped up the old year practice racing their AC72 catamaran in Auckland against their sister ship and fellow America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa.
The right attitude and a little bit of psychiatry in the front of the boat will go a long ways toward success.
You may have heard that being a crew also involves being a sports psychiatrist. If you dismissed this phrase as unimportant, then you dismissed a serious part of what being a great crew entails. Beyond the physical movements, tuning expertise, and positive attitude that a crew should bring to the boat, they should also help their skipper bring their A game to every regatta. While every skipper varies in precisely what they need, here are some tips that are just about universal.
A self portrait of senior editor Stuart Streuli just before racing on the final day of Key West Race Week.
Returning home from a week of sailing with a litany of aches and pains isn't necessarily a bad thing
My wife’s gotten into juicing lately. You know, of the fresh-squeezed variety, not the needles-pills-and-powders version favored by so many top athletes. The byproduct, as anyone who’s done this knows, is a lot of soggy pulp. As I looked at macerated remains of carrots, grapefruit, oranges, apples and other fruits and vegetables left over from Sunday morning’s fresh squeeze, I felt a certain kinship. “I know how you feel,” I thought to myself.
Rich Wilson became the second American to complete the Vendée Globe in 2009. Read his story, and this interview, to get a look at one of the smallest clubs on this planet.
The Vendée Globe, the greatest solo ocean race on the planet, is starting to wind down with the survivors sailing one by one across the finish line in the wake of Francois GabartMacif. But if you are waiting for an American sailor, don’t bother. This year, there aren’t any. In fact, most years there aren’t any.
Gabart becomes the youngest and fastest sailor to circumvent the world alone in the Vendée Globe.
Francois Gabart was just a few hundred yards away from becoming the youngest sailor of all time to the win the Vendée Globe. He was also just about to beat Michel Desjoyeaux’s record by sailing around the world in 78 days and two hours, while averaging 15.3 knots over the 28,647-mile long solo trek. But you would not know that by watching him Sunday afternoon as he grinded the winch one last time and studied how the sail was reacting, as methodically and carefully as if he were still out in the middle of the Indian Ocean alone.
Every racetrack has its unique facets. For Key West Race Week, one of the keys to success runs counter to one of the more basic lessons in competitive sailing.
Like with any racecourse, there are a lot of ways to skin the cat when it comes to succeeding in Quantum Key West Race Week. But if you could browse the memory files of the top tacticians racing here, I’m betting you’d find at least one common theme: Stay out of the middle.
From an early age, sailors are taught that the corners are the lands of desperation, a place where sailors go when they are out of other options. We are taught that good sailors play the shifts, leave their options open, and generally take a “centrist” approach to upwind tactics.
A bad final leg can leave a bitter taste that doesn't quickly fade away. The proper perspective, however, is always there for the taking
My friend Ian loves to sail. For him, the expression, “A bad day of sailing is better than a good day of work,” isn’t just a bumper sticker. It’s how he lives his life. My relationship with the sport tends to be more fragile. I like to sail. I love to compete. And when you compete, sometimes you lose. And that can hurt.