A new canting-keel 65-footer from Farr Yacht Design is the new face of the Volvo Ocean Race
Will the move to a one-design for the next Volvo Ocean Race be enough to bring eight quality teams to the starting line come 2014?
With the recent announcement that an all-female team has placed a deposit for the first VO 65 One Design, the decision to move to a one-design boat appears to have been vindicated for the next Volvo Ocean Race. "I reckon that with the old boat, the Volvo Open 70, we would not even have thought about this," says Richard Brisius, head of Atlant Ocean Racing, the management team behind the female SCA team. "The new 65-foot design is still a monster--still a huge boat--but it's now at least possible, even though you could never say it's going to be easy."
Visions of a fast Vineyard Race and Saturday afternoon finish dashed through my head. Could it really happen? Or was this just another forecast destined to fail?
Sometimes I’m amazed that anyone chooses to distance race in the Northeast. The events lack the fun factor of distance sailing in most other places. Take the Vineyard Race for instance. Taking place every Labor Day weekend since 1932, the race starts off Stamford, Conn., rounds the Buzzards Bay Light tower to starboard, Block Island to starboard, and finishes back in, err, Stamford 238 miles later.
The Etoile Polaire weathered tough conditions with youngsters on board en route to Lisbon, Portugal.
A micro and macro account of this year’s Tall Ships Races shows what lessons beginner sailors can take away from the world’s largest offshore event of its kind.
As anyone who sails knows, almost anything can happen on the water, especially during long-distance stretches of 500 miles or more. The stakes are especially high for the skipper when they are responsible for the well being of an inexperienced crew. These two risks were compounded by the sheer number of participants during Sail Training International’s annual Tall Ships Races that took place in July and August.
In their post-competition interviews, USA Pro Cycling Challenge winner Christian Vande Velde (top) and America's Cup World Series champ James Spithill said basically the same thing. Why did Vande Velde's comments seem so much more heartfelt?
The America's Cup World Series has the wow factor nailed, but it still struggles to attract the long term viewer.
Last night, between putting the kids to bed and doing the same for myself, I had a few hours to kill.I thought about trying to catch up on a few of the TV series I have on the DVR, but I just wasn’t sure I had the focus for anything with a complicated plot line.
Oracle Team USA swept the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco with Russell Coutts' team winning the match racing championship, while Jimmy Spithill's team captured the fleet racing and event championship.
Watch highlights from Super Sunday at the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco:
Oracle Team USA continued its dominance on the penultimate day of the AC World Series San Francisco, giving little doubt to the scale of their defense. Jimmy Spithill is on a tear on the home turf.
Saturdays two semi-final matches race set up an Oracle Racing team Super Sunday rematch, and the two fleet races of the day put Oracle's team Spithill atop the leaderboard. Here's Saturday's video highlights.
Who says sailboat racing is boring? Plenty of fast-paced action off the San Francisco waterfront today, including one smashing smash-up by Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts. Are the boss's reaction times slowing down with age?
Now that's getting boxed out! Russell Coutts crashes into the race committee boat during the third fleet race of the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco on the third day of racing.