Sailing Magazine - Splashes Tue, 25 Jun 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Pioneer in sailmaking Pioneer in sailmaking
Lowell North won five Star world championships. Lowell North sailed his first regatta at age 14, when he and his father came in last in every race in a Star that came with cotton sails. Young Nor...]]>
Star Power Star Power
Paul Cayard steers while his son Danny gets ready for a jibe.Walter Cooper photo Mother Nature was at her fickle best, but that didn’t stop Star sailors from putting their beautifully restored ...]]>
Lego my boat kit Lego my boat kit
 Fans of Lego building bricks and sailing, you might want to help out German sailor Matthias Rosenwald get his design to store shelves. The Lego Ideas website is where Lego builders post their cr...]]>
Restoring Marilee Restoring Marilee
In October 2015, the Nathanael Herreshoff-designed New York 40 Marilee was brought to the custom boatyard French and Webb in Belfast, Maine, for what was supposed to be a minor rebuild. It was discove...]]>
Sailing where eagles soar Sailing where eagles soar

Magic wands and record breakers Magic wands and record breakers
Since its first running over a century ago, the Transpacific Yacht Race has bewitched sailors of all backgrounds and ages, to challenge the 2,216-mile course from California to Hawaii. This year’s edition was no exception—a magical experience, for more reasons than you could shake a wand at. There were racers young and old, on yachts large and s...]]>
MOB Miracle MOB Miracle
Mark Wheeler knew that staying calm was key. That’s easier said than done when you’re in 65-degree Lake Michigan with a storm on the horizon, building seas and you’ve just watched the boat you fell off of sail away at 18 knots....]]>
The Cup heads home The Cup heads home
More than 80,000 people packed downtown Auckland, New Zealand, in July to celebrate the triumphant return of the America’s Cup after a 17-year absence. Thunderstorms didn’t dampen spirits as Emirates Team New Zealand paraded down Queen’s Street, the Auld Mug held high, and onto a boat for a tour of the jam-packed Waitemata Harbour. ...]]>
Sailing on dry land Sailing on dry land

There is a widely held belief among sailors that the secret to getting more people into the sport is to get them on the water. Rob James, owner of Kingdom Yachts Sailing Club, an American Sailing Association school in Atlanta, Georgia, thinks the key is to get them in a boat, but not necessarily one that’s on the water.

When water freezes over - Iceboats race the DN World Championship on Lake Kegonsa, Wisconsin, in January. When water freezes over - Iceboats race the DN World Championship on Lake Kegonsa, Wisconsin, in January.

Stupid sport” is repeated numerous times throughout the iceboating season, including in my house as the ice reports come in. There is a lot of sitting around, sharpening runners, discussing the weather and waiting for the call to come in. From the DN, the most popular iceboat, with worldwide cult status, to the Nite, a slightly...

Game on! Game on!

Sometimes the best education happens when you’re too busy having fun to notice that you’re learning something. 

That was the hope behind the American Sailing Association’s Sailing Challenge app, ...

The best resort sport The best resort sport
It’s hard to imagine a better place to be introduced to sailing than a Caribbean island, where the water is warm and the sun is always shining. And that’s exactly where more and more people are getting a taste for the sport thanks to a partnership between the American Sailing Association and Sandals and Beaches resorts. ...]]>
Sailing at warp speed Sailing at warp speed

 The warp factor speeds that the latest generation maxi multihulls can reach is hard to conceive of even for experienced performance sailors. For example the fastest offshore sailboat in the world, the French 130-foot trimaran Spindrift2, cover...

The fight against ocean plastic The fight against ocean plastic
When 27 sailboats joined the largest attempt to survey the plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean this summer, their crews might have expected to find large pieces of plastic floating on the surface. Instead, what they found by using specially designed trawls is much more sinister: The ocean is filled with masses of microscopic bits of plastic. 

Onward to Hawaii Onward to Hawaii
Reality television show producers could not have dreamed up a more cockamamie set of obstacles than what the 2015 Transpacific Yacht Race served its 60 entrants, racing from Los Angeles, California, t...]]>
Hobie-ing to Havana - Key West to Cuba Hobie Cat Race Hobie-ing to Havana - Key West to Cuba Hobie Cat Race
The only thing better than organizing the first sanctioned sailboat race between Key West and Havana is winning it. Key West sailor and eco-tour operator George Bellenger knows what both feel like....]]>
Exporting talent Exporting talent
Every spring the waters off St. Thomas bustle as some of the world’s best sailors duke it out under the Caribbean sun. Among the 62 boats and eight fleets at this year’s St. Thomas International Regatta were a group of young sailors who are fast becoming the island’s best export. ...]]>
Feeling the need for frozen speed Feeling the need for frozen speed
A little snow and ice can't keep sailors from doing what they love. More than 50 people strapped on skis, sleds and skates, grabbed hold of their favorite wind-harnessing device and braved frigid temperatures in a quest to satisfy their need for speed at the World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships in February on a frozen Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac, ...]]>
The Great Navigator The Great Navigator
Nathaniel Bowditch didn’t look like Hollywood’s version of a swashbuckling sailor, but his contributions to maritime navigation more than 200 years ago made it possible to traverse oceans with greater speed and accuracy. And the mathematician’s hard-earned accomplishments haven’t been forgotten. The National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Maryland, inclu...]]>
Blasting to Hobart Blasting to Hobart
The yearly 628-mile jaunt down the coast from Sydney, Australia, across the Bass Strait to Hobart, Tasmania, has a nasty reputation as a heavy-air battle, often storm-tossed and sometimes deadly. The 70th running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which set sail Boxing Day, December 26, was no exception, but what began as a bone-jarring beat into...]]>
Bashing for a good cause Bashing for a good cause
Susan Goggins When America’s Cup skipper Jimmy Spithill took the helm of an Optimist on Pewaukee Lake in southeastern Wisconsin, he was racing against more than the 30 junior sailors on the sta...]]>
Little Dutch Shoes Little Dutch Shoes
Navy security boats may race around you at 40 mph with machine guns at the ready, but don't worry." This was part of the racing instructions at a recent San Diego Yacht Club skippers' meeting for nearly 200 Sabot racers. The young racers had gathered from throughout Southern California to compete in the 42nd Annual Dutch Shoe Marathon. Two thirds of the fleet were veterans of the Dutch Shoe Mar...]]>
The Jersey Scows The Jersey Scows
When Mantoloking Yacht Club E-Scow sailor Peter Hurley and his three-person crew headed to Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club at Beach Haven, New Jersey, for the E-Scow Nationals, September 9 to 11, he knew the upcoming three days of racing would be difficult, but he had no idea he and 70 other skippers of these 28-foot-long "flying sleds" would have to confront 25- to 30-knot gusts, a power outage at t...]]>
All he needed was ‘a good boat, an iron will and luck’ All he needed was ‘a good boat, an iron will and luck’
Sailor and journalist Dodge Morgan, whose record-breaking round-the-world voyage made international headlines in 1986, died September 14 at a Boston hospital. He was 78. Morgan was the first American to complete a solo, non-stop, around-the-world voyage, which started and ended in Bermuda. His time: 150 days, 1 hour and 6 minutes. The accomplishment bettered the previous record of 292 days s...]]>
Bathtubs breed the best sailors Bathtubs breed the best sailors


In Hot Water In Hot Water
We were just six hours into the 408-mile Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston Race and we couldn't break the triple zeros on the knotmeter. The race started in a dying northeasterly of around 8 knots, just enough to get the 11 boats started and headed out to the lumpy Gulf Stream. For several days prior it had been blowing hard from the northwest, shifting north then northeast. It was easy to see the edge...]]>