With his hand crushed and boat smashed apart just five months before the start of the Mini Transat, American Jeffrey MacFarlane didn't give up.
Sailing the Mini Transat is arguably one of the most difficult, testing challenges a solo racing sailor can inflict upon him or herself. It gets even harder when your Mini starts to break up underneath you just five months from the start, and you are forced to abandon to a Spanish Coast Guard helicopter.
Learning to stay upright in any conditions is the second life lesson college sailor Abby Freeman discovered through the sport of sailing.
Following the Corinthian Spirit, the second invaluable lesson my father taught me through the sport of sailing is to keep your mast pointed to the sky. This seems like a simple concept to grasp, unless you learned to race on a full rig Laser while only weighing 100 pounds as I did. As you might imagine, “keep your mast pointed to the sky” was a line I heard regularly.
Oracle Team USA's Ben Ainslie shares his thoughts on America's Cup 34 following the tragic loss of his close friend Andrew Simpson.
In competitive sport there are wins and losses. For sailing superstar Sir Ben Ainslie, a helmsman for Oracle Team USA, winning is something that he’s very good at, but last month the 36-year-old Brit experienced an unexpected loss: that of close friend Andrew “Bart” Simpson, his lifelong sailing buddy, in a [well publicized] sailing accident on San Francisco Bay in which Simpson’s team Artemis Racing capsized during a regular training session, trapping Simpson under Artemis’s AC72. The experience has been both devastatingly sad and sobering for Ainslie.
Emirates Team New Zealand lobs accusations at Artemis Racing for changing the Louis Vuitton Cup Schedule to their benefit. Artemis fires back.
It's getting hotter in San Francisco ... and not just the summer temperatures, and what's a Cup without a bit of slinging. There's no doubt that Artemis has its back against the wall, and while entering an untrained team on an unproven boat is dangerous, I'm sure ETNZ is not keen to go full-barrel into the first dial up against a foiling AC72 newbie. Perhaps this is why Dalton is happy to tell it like it is ... and be just as happy without the Challenger of Record on the course.
College sailor Abby Freeman shares her perspective on the value of growing up as a sailor and lessons she's learned along the way.
One of the greatest gifts my father ever gave his children was a passion for sailing, and, like many other families within the sport, it permeates our lives more than we realize. My father was never shy about using lessons learned on the racecourse when teaching us lessons in life. As a gift for him, my older sister, LeeAnn, recently compiled these lessons in a small spiral-bound book titled The Sailing Rules of Life.
Tufts graduate Amelia Quinn shares her insider knowledge of a collegiate dinghy unique to Mystic Lake: the Lark.
While college sailors will spend the majority of their time in 420s and CJs, other dinghies, like Tufts’ Larks, should not be forgotten. Even in these relatively foreign boats, the top sailors will ultimately place well, but there are a few tips and tricks to make the transition into Tufts’ Rondar Larks easier. Until a uniform college sailing dinghy is developed, it’s worth taking a moment to go over how to hit the sweet spot in the fastest boats in college sailing.
Tim Zimmermann finds an irresistible pull in the way of life of Hans Klaar, a longtime voyager and builder of Polynesian-style blue water catamarans.
I can’t quite process the sadness of Andrew Simpson’s death during training for the America’s Cup, and what its implications will be (though I do know that the America’s Cup is a far too silly and cosmically meaningless event to be worth the loss of a life).
Luna Rossa skipper Chris Draper shares the Italian team's progress headed into San Francisco.
High performance sailor Chris Draper is fortunate to have helmed for two America’s Cup teams in the past two years, sailing early on for Team Korea before being hired by Luna Rossa in 2012. Even though the Italian team were almost a year late into the game, Draper’s experience on the Extreme 40 series has helped his team maintain a fairly consistent place in the top half of the fleet in the AC World Series events, recently finishing second overall in the match racing event in Naples.
The 2012 Atlantic Cup champion Mare (foreground) isn't entered this year. But the path to victory taken by the German entry will be scrutinized by the seven teams that will contest the 2013 Atlantic Cup from Charleston, S.C., to Newport, R.I., via New York City.
The third edition of the Atlantic Cup features three legs, seven teams, and a heavy payout to the winners.
Three years ago, the Atlantic Cup debuted with a bold plan: to bring a European-style doublehanded offshore racing series to America, and provide the top finishers with a cash prize. The first year of the regatta, 2011, drew a small fleet of mostly local boats. In 2012, the top European boats took notice, and 14 of the world’s best Class 40 teams converged on Charleston for a battle up the Atlantic Coast.
Spectators cheer on the Wilson Trophy competitors.
Amelia Quinn checks in from the third and final day of racing at the Wilson Trophy in West Kirby, England.
After 345 fully-umpired races, the 2013 Wilson Trophy has come to a close. Of those races, we competed in 22; 18 in the regular racing, followed by two quick wins in the quarterfinals, followed by two quick losses in the semifinals. We didn’t win, didn’t take home the glory of being the25th and newest title defenders. That honor went instead to Wessex Exempt, who sailed cleanly and classily throughout the regatta, both when they knocked us out in the best of three formatted semifinals and when they went 3 and 1 in the best of five finals.