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.
Whether you're making your living in the kitchen or on the water, it's all about the prep work.
Despite what some of my friends (and parents, and professors) seem to believe, I only spend a fraction of my time traveling for sailing. Most of the time I’m here in Boston, doing regular 22-year-old things: going to school, and going to work. I’d imagine that most SW readers are familiar with the undergraduate experience. Something I’ve been reflecting on a lot this year, that you may be less aware of, is the relationship between my job and the racing I do.
Being a media crewmember for the 2012 Atlantic Cup means the author can look all he wants, but he just can't touch.
My preparations for the Atlantic Cup had me feeling like this would be just like any other distance race. A week before the event, I pulled out my gear, and started to check the weather forecasts online. I dug out my lifejacket and replaced the CO2 cylinder and strobe after manually inflating it and letting it sit overnight to ensure there were no pinhole leaks. I was ready for this, or so I thought.