In light of a recent incident in the Pacific, should the Coast Guard be able to rescue sailors against their will?
At first it sounds pretty outrageous: last month, Dennis Howard, a nearly blind sailor who set out on a voyage from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on a small but hardy Flicka 20, ran into some bad weather. The gooseneck broke, the boom hit him in the head, and more bad weather was on the way. He called a friend and told of his troubles. The friend called the Coast Guard, which sent a cutter. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and boarded to assess the situation. Howard declared he was fine and wanted to continue his voyage.
As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet makes its way from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, the trailing teams have an excellent opportunity to make gains—provided they don't fall victim to the perils of the Indian Ocean.
Ryan O'Grady, a veteran follower of the Volvo Ocean Race and a top amateur sailor, is providing regular insight and analysis on the 2011-'12 Volvo Ocean Race for SailingWorld.com.
St. Mary's annual alumni regatta, the Possum Bowl, offered some chilling lessons for this recent grad.
I graduated from St. Mary’s in May, and there are a few things I haven’t missed about college sailing: excessively long van rides, sailing in the cold, making myself into a small ball in the bottom of an FJ…
So, logically, I packed up my drysuit and wool socks, hopped into the car for a 9-hour ride from Rhode Island to southern Maryland, and mentally prepared myself to crew in an FJ for a couple of races at our annual alumni regatta, Possum Bowl.
Making repairs to the Sled is like entombing the boat's battle scars beneath layers of epoxy and varnish.
Sanding the Sled the past few weeks, I've been noticing all the old epoxy repairs marking the boat's history. Some of them I remember—like the faint scar where the vang cleat pulled away from the centerboard trunk during a Midwinters race years ago—and some I've only just discovered.
With the Volvo Ocean Race headed for the Middle East, Banque Populaire's round-the-world record attempt takes race fans to offshore sailing's most thrilling arena.
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has arrived in Cape Town—or at least the half of the fleet that managed to stay in one piece has. In years past, this would be a time of Southern Ocean anticipation, with crews and sailing junkies preparing for the dramatic sleigh ride to New Zealand, with boats surfing down the monster, storm-driven waves rolling eastward around the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
Franck Yves Escoffier was forced to retire from this year's Transat Jacques Vabre; he broke his tailbone when his Multi 50 Crêpes Whaou slammed into a wave.
After only two of six Multi 50s finished this year's Transat Jacques Vabre, is it time to rethink the offshore viability of these fragile speed machines?
This year’s Transat Jacques Vabre was often more about survival than it was about racing. Fortunately, there were no tragedies. But the crews and boats certainly took a beating, especially in the Multi 50 class. Only two of the six Multi 50 entries that set out from Le Havre, France, made it to the finishing poles off Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.