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.
Shaking it out in Fireflies at the Charles River Open Team Race.
I found myself back at the MIT Sailing Pavilion this past weekend crewing at the Charles River Open Team Race. Having sailed this regatta some years ago and competed there at a number of college regattas since, I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for: good competition, some crazy wind shifts, and lots of races.