Max Bulger looks back at the last race of Act 1 in Muscat, Oman: "As I slid, belly-down, out to the bow of the leeward hull to call our final approach to the line, the media boats caught me with a big grin on my face."
In a fleet as tight as the Extreme 40s have proven to be this year, being in contention for the podium entering the final day of racing is as good as it’s going to get. The races are short, and there are as many as 10 each day. Every team is well trained, focused and stacked with top talent. It’s a one-design fleet. And the final race of every Act is worth double points. When you combine all these factors with the inevitable unpredictability of sailboat racing, the idea of any team pulling away from the fleet before the final day is close to laughable.
If you want to sashay down the slopes and race around the buoys, this is your regatta.
Any good regatta organizer knows that it’s best to make the most of what your sailing venue has to offer, whether it’s big wind, beautiful scenery, excellent food, night—I mean dance—clubs, or any and all of the above. And some venues—think Key West or San Francisco Bay—maybe have a little more to work with than others. Regardless, it always pays to think outside the box.
Flying into the finish in front of the race village.
In-shore venues and short courses make for great spectating, but more stress onboard Oman Air during Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series.
Will, our headsail trimmer and resident X40 vet, continually warned us about the tight nature of the short course racing in store for us during the regatta. Despite a couple weeks of training and hours watching footage from previous seasons, I had no idea just how close the racing would be until the first day of the event was over.
Despite falling off the cat during light-air racing, Max Bulger recovers, and the Oman Air team brings a strong record at the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman.
After such a great event, and overall experience, those two words are at the top of the pile. A victory here in Muscat leaves me indebted to talented and fun teammates, unbelievable shore support crew, phenomenal competitors, the great folks at Oman Sail, and, of course, the legs that run all my adventures: amazing family and friends back home in Boston, at Tufts, and around the world. Cheers.
The radical Open 60 class, the heart of the Vendée Globe and other shorthanded ocean races is facing an unsure future. Some see a move toward a one-design as the answer.
The Vendée Globe, the only non-stop, solo, around-the-world-race, could be sailed in a 60-foot one-design for the 2016 edition. After a long history as a crucible of offshore innovation and refinement, the International Monohull Open Class Association is considering whether to scrap its famously loose box rule for a much tighter rule intended to create boats that are more affordable and safer.
I’m in the Caribbean for my first time at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
“Ting!” My best friend exclaimed when I told her I was going to St. Maarten for the Heineken Regatta. “Bring back lots of Ting!” She digs the grapefruit soda after she spent two summers working in the Caribbean.
I’m not too excited to figure out to get a case of this into my suitcase at the end of the trip, but it was good to get a bit of local guidance from her. This trip is my first one to the Caribbean, and after talking to her and others who were familiar with the place, it wasn’t too hard to leave gray, sub-freezing Newport yesterday morning.
With a gold and two silvers in four Olympics, 470 and Flying Dutchman skipper Paul Foerster (left, with double Olympic medalist Kevin Burnham, shortly after they clinched the Men's 470 gold in Athens in 2004) should be a lock for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. But he and other multiple medalist American sailors have been ignored by a committee that seems focused on a few marquee sports and the famous names.
Despite there being a plethora of qualified candidates, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame has yet to induct a single sailor.
A Monday morning e-mail from the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the nominees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class of 2012. I perused the list, looking for any notable names. A few caught my eye: wrestler John Smith, who was a collegiate and Olympic superstar when I was a high school wrestler, is on there.
Tim Zimmermann admires Sarah Hebert's goal to windsurf across the Atlantic, but questions the marketing angles of modern-day adventures.
I’m trying to figure out what I think about the fact that Sarah Hebert, a highly accomplished windsurfer who happens to have a defibrillator implanted in her chest, is currently windsurfing across the Atlantic.