Windy conditions make jib sheet management trickier.
There's more to jib sheet management than meets the eye.
Few things will take a crew down faster than mismanaged jib sheets, whether the problem is a tangled leg or a luffing sail. Around the racecourse, proper sheet management means anticipating potential snares and nipping them in the bud. In a CJ, this entails constant attention to the slack in the lazy sheet and keeping both sheets in the correct areas. In a 420, it means nailing the right balance of windward and leeward sheeting. In all college dinghies, sheet management means incorporating the right touch of delicacy, especially when it’s light.
One of the Sea Shepherd's fleet approaches a whaling ship.
Is a little civil disobedience justified in the name of our oceans?
In case you missed it there is a pitched battle going on down in the Southern Ocean, between the ships of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Japanese whaling fleet. It’s a battle that has been going on for years, and has been featured on the surprisingly engrossing TV show called Whale Wars. Usually, the skirmishing involves a lot of close passes, shouting, water cannons, and the throwing of stink bombs.
Expect the unexpected and hop in a boat with someone new.
It’s common knowledge that when it comes to sailing, you must expect the unexpected. The ability to quickly adapt to a new situation is incredibly valuable when there are just minutes or even seconds to spare. One bizarre turn of events that every crew should be ready for is being thrown in the boat with someone new--either a teammate who you’ve never sailed with, or even someone from an opposing team. Especially if you’re used to sailing with the same person, this transition can be difficult, but there are a few techniques to make it as smooth as possible.
The HMS Bounty found itself directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy.
What led to the sinking of the HMS Bounty off of Cape Fear during Hurricane Sandy?
For the Atlantic coast of the United States, Hurricane Sandy was the biggest hurricane event in years. Luckily for me, it blew past the Chesapeake with minimal damage. But hurricanes tend to write their own stories, and often enough it is the story of a ship that didn’t make it.
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.