The Pro-Am events of the Volvo Ocean Race are meant to be a fun way for passengers to try sailing a Volvo Open 70. Blogger Bruce Gain learns that for PUMA skipper Ken Read, racing is racing.
We were beating up in a nice 20-plus knot wind off the coast of Lorient, France, this weekend when Ken Read, PUMA Ocean Racing’s skipper, asked me if I’d like to steer. I thought, Did he really just ask that? In my head, I responded “hell yeah, I want to steer this thing, what kind of question is that?” But out loud, I accepted the invite as politely and calmly as I could.
Sailing World's Dave Reed keeps a low profile on Artemis Racing's AC45.
Sailing World editor Dave Reed scores a ride on board Artemis for their series-winning match race against Team Energy, and after weeks of anticipation, it's over in a matter of minutes.
After Artemis Racing handed France’s Energy Team its second match-race trouncing of the day in the opening matches of the America’s Cup World Series Newport, mathematically securing the circuit’s match-race title, Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson exhaled deeply, releasing pent-up anxiety, and then quietly addressed his teammates, Sean Clarkson, Thierry Fouchier, Andy Feathers, and Julien Cressant.
“Not my finest day,” he confessed. “But great job every one.”
After a winter's worth of Saturdays and about a hundred sheets of sandpaper, the Sled is ready to splash.
Have you been eagerly following this Tough Sledding series? Were you beginning to wonder what became of my boat project?
My radio silence in recent weeks could indicate that I've fizzled out, put down my sandpaper, and left the Thistle partially refinished in Mom's garage. And I'll admit, I had my doubts—especially as Memorial Day passed, the lawn needed mowing, and there was that crib to assemble.
Groupama’s Franck Cammas hasn't declared victory in the 2011-'12 Volvo Ocean Race just yet.
Groupama is the likely favorite to win the Volvo Ocean Race in early July with a current 23-point lead over second-place PUMA--but Franck Cammas is hardly ready to declare victory just yet. The French skipper says many things could still go wrong before he and Groupama become the second French skipper and team, respectively, to take the trophy since the first around-the-world race (the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race) began in 1974.
Tim Zimmermann rediscovers the extraordinary marine habitat of Little Bahama Bank.
Every once in a while you discover something special. Recently, I had occasion to spend 10 days on the Little Bahama Bank. I wasn't there to explore the Bank itself--I was there to learn about marine mammal research--which perhaps allowed the Bank to sneak up on me a bit. But regardless of my focus, by the time I hit the dock again in West Palm Beach, I had learned something important: The Little Bahama Bank is one of the most extraordinary habitats I have ever seen, and perfectly suited to exploration by boat.
A first-time big boat tactician discovers that it's not nearly as easy or as much fun when everyone else is expecting you to make the right calls.
A few years ago, a veteran America’s Cup headsail trimmer told me that he’d never really aspired to move any further back in the boat. He liked, he said, being in the engine room. It was a great quote and part of me understood exactly what he was saying.
But there was another part of me that didn’t completely buy it, and wondered if that was simply his rationalization for the fact that he’d found a niche where he could make a good living and that the risk/reward ratio in an attempt to move into the afterguard simply wasn’t promising.
Inconsistency leads Max Bulger's team on Oman Air at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series to quote Ricky Bobby more times than they can count.
You didn’t need to be on board an Extreme 40 for the first three days of this event to figure out it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. The Series, and sailboat racing in general, is often like that. But it’s usually like a high-tech, shiny, new rollercoaster: fast as a bat out of hell and makes your stomach drop, but in a way you can somewhat anticipate.
Max Bulger reports back from the action on the first day of Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing in Istanbul. Is wearing a Celtics jersey enough to win races?
Act 3 has arrived: Our team, boatbuilders, and containers all made it to Istanbul (relatively) intact. After a couple days of snapping everything together and knocking the rust off on the water, we have six races in the shadows of the Blue Mosque under our belts. As always with this fleet, things are happening quickly. It’s out of the frying pan that is the unpacking circus (not made easier by the rainstorm and lack of light that dominated our clean-up in Qingdao) and into the fire of racing.
For Alessandro di Benedetto, who spent nearly 270 days sailing non-stop around the world in a 21-foot boat, the cabin of the Open 60 monohull he'll use for the 2012-'13 Vendée Globe will seem quite spacious.
Many say Alessandro di Benedetto already scaled sailing's toughest peak when he took a 21-foot boat around the world, non-stop, in 269 days. But just to be sure, he's planning to sail in the 2012-'13 Vendée Globe.
Alessandro di Benedetto has never raced in a major regatta. Yet, he is on the short list of competitors scheduled to take part in the Mount Everest of sailing competitions, the 2012-’13 Vendée Globe, the only singlehanded, non-stop, around-the-world race.
No one who saw Ronnie Simpson lying in the burn ward after being almost killed in Iraq would have believed that, 8 years later, the 27-year-old would be pursuing a singlehanded ocean racing career.
Ronnie Simpson is not the sort of person to leave anything unfinished. A Marine vet, who was wounded and almost killed in Iraq in 2004, Simpson abandoned a soul-sucking suburban life in 2007 and turned to sailing for salvation.