Michel Desjoyeaux before the start of the Krys Ocean Race.
Offshore sailing legend Michel Desjoyeaux hopes an American team will soon take part in the MOD70 circuit.
The rocky coastline of Brittany, France, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. But this time of year, in late fall, when it is very wet, the weather can cast a pale of dark over anyone’s soul.
Emirates Team New Zealand design team member, and catamaran guru, Pete Melvin.
When it comes to multihulls, few, if any, have the résumé to match that of Pete Melvin. He's designed some of the world's fastest boats, and won some of the toughest multihull championships. Now he's trying to help Emirates Team New Zealand win the America's Cup.
Pete Melvin is considered one of the world’s leading designers of racing multihulls. He’s also a multiple class world and national champion. His company Morrelli & Melvin has designed boats ranging from the record setting 125-foot PlayStation maxi-catamaran to two different world championship-winning A Classcatamarans. His partner Gino Morelli was involved in Dennis Conner’s ’88 Cup program with the Stars & Stripes catamaran, and in 2008 Pete began working with Oracle Racing as a sailing coach before moving into design analysis.
When the temperature drops, the real Laser fun begins.
Tim Zimmermann goes for a couple of a dips and gets in the frostbiting spirit of the season.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
That chorus keeps running through my head because it's the holiday season. Cold weather is settling over the mid-Atlantic, the leaves are gone from the trees, and there is talk of snow and freeze warnings from weather forecasters. It's my favorite time of the year, so of course I am excited. But my enthusiasm and anticipation has little to do with a fat, bearded, old guy in a red suit, or mistletoe, or presents.
Navigator Kevin Hall sails on Artemis Racing's AC45. A modern day America's Cup navigator must be comfortable doing just about anything onboard the boat as the job's traditional responsibilities have become less and less critical during the short-course racing.
Kevin Hall's career in the America's Cup is a study in evolution and that's only accelerated with the advent of the AC72.
In the modern America’s Cup, the traditional navigator—even at it’s most evolved—is an endangered species. With the courses so compact and the boats so hungry for human horsepower, having one person dedicated to tracking the team’s progress around the course and keeping an eye on the competition is a luxury some teams may decide they can't afford. But if four-time America’s Cup veteran Kevin Hall is worried about his position being flicked off the race boat, you wouldn’t know it.
Paul Larsen on Sailrocket 2 makes his record-setting run.
Tim Zimmermann admires Paul Larsen's Shackleton-like determination in his 10-year quest for the outright speed sailing record, an achievement Larsen realized this November.
How many times over the course of Paul Larsen's singleminded, decade-long quest to break the outright speed sailing record did you scoff, scorn and doubt his oddball, waterbug craft? I know I did. Plenty.
Ideally you should not only beat your guy at the start but also have a good start yourself.
A crew's guide to the building blocks of team racing: boathandling and boatspeed.
The fall college sailing season has come to a close, and as the spring approaches so does the exciting challenge of team racing. For college crews, there are varying levels of understanding of what exactly is happening during a team race; a freshman crew is a lot less likely to recognize the patterns and plays than a seasoned upperclassman crew. A huge responsibility for every crew, however, is to keep in mind the fleet-racing aspect of team racing.
While it won't get them on the water any sooner, Shannon Falcone's Oracle Team USA-sponsored entry into the Red Bull Flugtag, using recycled parts of the team's demolished AC72 wing, helped lift morale and point the team toward brighter days.
These days, you don’t even need lemons to make lemonade. Well at least not directly. Some Countrytime and some water, and you’re good to go. Millions of kids do it each summer. Trying to put a positive spin on the disastrous pitchpole of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 in mid-October was much harder.
Brad Webb, lying down on the job, literally, if not figuratively. The AC45s and AC72s are beasts to sail, and they go so fast, that reducing windage, even on the sailors, is crucial to victory.
Oracle Racing's longtime bowman, Brad Webb, checks in on what the team has learned about the capsize of its AC72 and how the team members are keeping busy until the boat is ready to fly again.
Brad Webb is one of Oracle Racing’s longest standing crew members. He signed his first contract with the team in November 2000. He was bowman on BMW Oracle Racing ‘s monster tri USA-17 that was victorious against Alinghi in the 33rd challenge for the America’s Cup.
A look at the technical intricacies of sailing in no wind from crew extraordinaire Amelia Quinn.
We’ve all been there. The race starts in a puff, and then that puff dies … and dies … and dies. Sailors in the back of the fleet—and their coaches—start to call the race unfair. The sailors in the front of the fleet, though, aren’t waiting to hear the whistles calling off the race; instead, they’re making every single tack and gybe count more than ever.
For James Burwick, Somira Sao, and their two young children, 200-mile days on the Open 40 Anasazi Girl are just part of the everyday routine.
It's always interesting and worthwhile to hear the thinking and motivations of sailors who are doing something unusual. Last month, I checked in with Webb Chiles, who at 70-plus plans to solo circumnavigate on a Moore 24.