Catching up on some reading during a long layover in Frankfurt.
Max Bulger, a 21-year-old Tufts undergrad, heads to Muscat, Oman, for the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series.
The first thought I had when I woke up this morning was: "Just another casual Thursday afternoon flight to Muscat. Good thing I'm packed and got a full night's sleep, but it's too bad I'm stuck spending the next two weeks sailing boring old Extreme 40s."
After helping with RC duties for the Potomac River Sailing Association Laser fleet, I have a newfound respect for those who run races.
What would you rather do? Race or do race committee? Well, the answer is pretty easy. We go to the trouble of buying boats, maintaining them, practicing with them, and spending down marital credits to disappear for a day—the price varies according to season, mood, and the behavior of children—because we want to sail and compete against other sailors.
So lots of sailors moan about, bitch about, and even actively shirk their race committee duty, even though it's glaringly obvious that if there is no race committee, there is no racing.
Luna Rossa Challenge tests out its new Prada-branded AC45, minus the 4-meter wing extension that will be used in light-air races starting in April, on the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, New Zealand.
A competitors' forum in Auckland highlights the progress made by America's Cup Race Management, and the long way still to go.
Details of the new-look America’s Cup competition slated for San Francisco are still emerging and much remains to be discussed. That was the measured but optimistic report from Iain Murray, head of America’s Cup Race Management, after the latest teams’ forum held today in Auckland, New Zealand.
Yvan Bourgnon and Sebastien Roubine rounded Cape Horn in a modified beach cat.
Yvan Bourgnon and Sebastien Roubine have conquered sailing's equivalent of Everest: rounding Cape Horn in a beach cat.
Cape Horn has long been the most iconic landmark in the minds of sailors. In fact, for reasons of history, geography, and drama, I think it should be an iconic landmark in the minds of all humanity—so much so that it annoys me when the sailing world diminishes its Greatest Cape by endlessly and tiresomely referring to it as the "Everest of sailing." Do you think any climbers would be willing to undermine Everest by calling it the "Cape Horn of climbing"? Cape Horn can stand on its own. We don't need to compare it to a mountain.
Quantum Key West 2012 was the first time the team aboard West Marine Rigging sailed together, but they developed the synergy needed to win the event quickly.
Key West Race Week delivers an environment impossible to compare with any regatta in the world. Personally, it felt like someone dragged Reno, Nevada to the oceanfront, and ran one of the most amazing spectacles in sailing: bull riding, carny activities, jet pack rides, pirates heckling you on the street. . . I found myself in the middle of the spectrum between "Mad Max" and "The Real World." For our team, West Marine Rigging, it became a story of amazing success and survival.
Key West Race Week served up highs and lows for us aboard the Melges 32 Warpath.
Friday was another tough day onboard the Melges 32 Warpath, probably the most challenging of the entire week. We went into the day in fourth place, with a shot at third and a chance at second place. Samba Pa Ti, after stringing together consistent results all week, was nearly untouchable.
Flying home from Key West, I had a few ideas on how we can bank the lessons we learned on the racecourse.
Race Week ended with a great day of “T-shirts and shorts” trade wind sailing. In our Mini Maxi class, RAN continued to set the pace and finished the week undefeated, with ten straight bullets. Sure, it was only a three-boat class, but we put up a good fight at times on SHOCKWAVE, as did Dan Meyers and his always sharp NUMBERS team. Hats off to the RAN guys for sailing a nearly perfect regatta. They were fast, and they sailed smart—a tough combination to beat.