A look back at Day 2 of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, and a look forward to Day 3.
Morning Toast, 2012 Olympics, Day 3
After a succession of serious and dour American sailors, it was a breath of fresh air to interview Paige Railey after her first two Olympic races. Railey was her same bubbly self. She mixed in a few clichés. But this is the Olympics after all, something she’s been focused intently on for the better part of eight years.
Railey had good reason to be upbeat, as well. While her finishes, an eighth and a fifth, were not spectacular, the fact that she was able to avoid a double-digit result was impressive.
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Ben Ainslie lights the flame at the Olympic sailing center in Portland. Ainslie, a three-time Olympic gold medalist has been front and center as these Games kick off. Anything less than gold will be a disappointment for a medal-hungry British populace.
A look at what to expect on Day 1 of the 2012 OIympic Regatta.
The biggest question rolling around the media center as the 2012 Olympic Regatta gets set to kick off it what in God’s name was going through the mind of Team GBR manager Stephen “Sparky” Park on Friday night. The normally reserved Park, who’s in charge of the biggest juggernaut to ever hit Olympic sailing, seemed a little overcome by the moment as his sailing team (12 of the 16 athletes) was introduced to a crowd of 10,000 people gathered on the Weymouth town beach Friday evening.
The Pacific Northwest's San Juan Islands move to the top of Tim Zimmermann's "Places To Cruise Before You Die" list.
When you are a cruising sailor, your perspective on the world is permanently warped. No matter where you go, if there is water, if there is wind, if there are harbors, you tend to ask one question: Would this make a good cruising ground? Sometimes that question can distract from your ability to see a beautiful place for what it is, especially if the Great Sailing God has not specifically placed it on the earth for your cruising pleasure. So worthy locations can be unfairly diminshed, even if they have lots of other qualities to recommend it. But too bad.
Our experts get the most out of a two-boat J/24 tuning session.
After reading a draft of Mike Ingham’s latest article on mast bend for our September issue, I had the good fortune to hitch a ride with him and fellow Quantum sailmaker Tim Healy for some two-boat J/24 tuning on a beautiful afternoon in Newport, R.I. With about 10 knots of breeze and minimal chop, we set off with the end goal of the J/24 Worlds in Rochester, N.Y., in mind. Here’s how a couple of our experts made the most of their practice session:
Although they've been hovering under the radar of sailing fans, Multi One Design 70 trimarans could shine in the spotlight if given the chance. With the right media, better scheduling, and improved promotion, these incredibly fast boats could really take flight.
Wednesday nights are for racing, not sitting at a desk.
I love all kinds of sailboat racing--inshore, offshore, dinghy, keelboat, one-design, handicap (well, I don't really LOVE handicap--you shouldn't need a stopwatch and a spreadsheet to know how you've done). But the type of racing I think I love above all others is casual weeknight racing. It's got just enough of an edge of competition to keep it intense and exciting. But it's also got the laid-back, playing-hooky-from-the-work-week and it's-okay-to-have-a-beer vibe. That is a unique, and perfect, balance.
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.