Maserati off on a wild ride from New York to San Francisco.
The Volvo Open 70 Maserati sets out to take a stab at the record of the legendary clipper ship Gold Route.
Ocean passage record setting is all about the big three: the Jules Verne (around the world, non-stop), the West-East Transatlantic (from Ambrose Light to the Lizard), and the 24-hour distance record. I have no argument with that. Those are intense, risky, and sometimes brutal sailing challenges. And it is fascinating to watch skill and technology inexorably raise the bar.
Don't wake up in the morning in a haze of pain-filled regret. Preventing injuries on the water, at the gym, and even out socializing is key to keeping your sailing season going smoothly.
Whether from a traumatic injury or general wear and tear, chances are that something is eventually going to lay low even the healthiest athletes. Knowing when to take a break and recover is just as important as hitting the gym, and dealing with your injuries instead of ignoring them will help reduce the time it takes to get you back in the game. Especially in the off-season, you should be checking in with your body and making sure that it’s at 100 percent.
Unlike the other three teams still in the hunt for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing had to be built from scratch. Paul Cayard, shown with the team's first AC72, is the CEO of the challenger.
To be able to build, test, and optimize the two boats and three wings needed to compete effectively for the America's Cup, Artemis Racing and CEO Paul Cayard first had to build a team.
With some 30 years invested in the event, 53-year-old Paul Cayard is no stranger to the America’s Cup. As CEO of the Swedish-flagged Artemis Racing, Cayard’s taken on the task of building an AC team from scratch, a massive undertaking given the complexity of the boats, the nature of the racing environment on San Francisco Bay, the expense, and limited time within which to make it all happen.
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.