After three campaigns with Alinghi, former America's Cup and Volvo/Whitbread winner Curtis Blewett took some time away from sailing to recharge. He's now back in the Cup chase with Artemis Racing.
Curtis Blewett enjoys his time away from sailing, but after a few years off to recharge, he's ready to make another run at the Auld Mug as part of Artemis Racing.
Canadian Curtis Blewett likes to switch gears between America’s Cup campaigns, turning to his other passions to recharge after the intensity of a Cup effort. Between doing bow on Alinghi’s big cat for the 2010 Cup in Valencia and being snapped up by Artemis Racing for AC34, Blewett ditched salt water for his hometown mountains in Whistler, B.C., where he spent time paragliding and skiing with his wife, Monique, and 4-year-old son, Valentino. It wasn’t all wine and roses, however.
A blanket of snow cocoons the Tufts team during spring break.
A few pointers for anyone aspiring to camp out in fickle weather while simultaneously training hard for the spring sailing season.
Each year, the Tufts Sailing Team checks the forecast, packs their bags, and drives south to North Field—which is, literally, a field. It belongs to St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is home to a dilapidated barn, St. Mary’s rugby team practices, and—for one week each year—the Jumbos. After surviving four years on the field, I now feel qualified to share some pointers for anyone aspiring to camp while simultaneously training hard for their spring season.
The MOD70 has attracted interest and spectators, and delivered on being a relatively safe yet fun multihull class. But the problem is that the sponsors are not able to turn the spending spigot tap on again, or at least not just yet.
Economically speaking, things are bad in Europe. The unemployment rate in the European Union member states is at 12 percent, and there is no end in sight to the recession. This is not the best scenario to be in for a fledgling, yet promising, race class of multi-million dollar boats in need of sponsors. But that is the situation that the Europe-based MOD70 class faces, which no longer has a title sponsor and has been forced to shutter what was supposed to be the second European Tour this year.
While he has his critics—and they are loud at times—Russell Coutts remains confident the sun will shine on the 34th America's Cup.
With three months remaining until the 34th America's Cup officially kicks off, the architect of this new Cup remains confident both in his concept and his team.
These days, Russell Coutts spends a lot more time in his office than out on the water. But for the America’s Cup's most successful skipper, it’s all part of the challenge of the game. In fact, he appears to be thriving amidst the barrage of criticism from fans, other teams, and San Francisco politicians. Though, to be fair, many people have been much more positive about the new look of the America’s Cup.
Let your adrenaline pump as you count down to the next tiny Armageddon—as long as you’re prepared you should stay upright.
The breeze is up, howling down the river in dark puffs that dart towards your CJ. On the first beat, you’re easing the jib, hiking your booties off, and keeping an eye out for possible auto-tacks. At the windward mark, you’re making a solid layline call and navigating through starboard tackers. Then the windward offset comes, and you carve down around it—and suddenly you’re sailing downwind in a CJ in heavy air, one of the most precarious situations in college sailing.
Septuagenarian Jeanne Socrates is 150 days in to a non-stop, solo circumnavigation of the globe aboard a Najad 380.
In sailing, as in life, determination and persistence deliver. No great voyage was ever achieved without hardship and adversity (any voyage without those two monsters is called a “milk run”). It’s no coincidence that the paragon of persistence himself, Ernest Shackleton, adopted the Latin “FORTITUDINE VINCIMUS” as his family motto. It means “by endurance we conquer,” which pretty much sums up the Shackleton experience.
If you have a good routine, you can always be prepared for the worst-case scenario at regattas. Well, almost always.
Call me paranoid if you like, but there are some mistakes that will take you down—they’ll cost you a race, or your pride—or inconvenience you for an entire regatta. For the most part, you have to experience these slip-ups to understand their gravity, but for your sake I hope that this article will be enough to protect you from yourself. You might think that these safeguards are overkill, but after you’ve been publicly shamed by Bern Noack you will realize that they are not.