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2021 November 1
German Frers Jr. has designed hundreds of beautiful boats, from production Swans and Hallberg-Rassys to famous maxi racers and superyachts, but it was an unusual design of his father’s and the intri
2021 November 1
The fleet of restored wooden Stars head across Michigan’s Gull Lake.Walter Cooper photoA passion for saving classic Star boats from the junk heap turned into a regatta drawing sailors from arou
2021 October 1

Sailors overcame hurdles J/70 on their way to great racing at the j?70 world championship

The J/70 World Championship fleet sails off Marina de Rey, California.Sharon Green photoWhen California Yacht Club tried, and tried again, to host the J/70 World Championship regatta, members of the M
2021 March 1
Iceboaters are used to rapidly changing conditions, be it close racing around a weather mark or switching regatta sites at the last minute because there’s a better piece of ice a few hours away. Whe
2020 December 5

In the dark of the night in the far south Atlantic, Jean Le Cam, right, rescued fellow solo skipper, Kevin Escoffier, left, after his boat broke in two and sank in the Vendée Globe Race

"I need assistance. I am sinking. This is not a joke. MAYDAY.”That was the last message Kevin Escoffier was able to send from his foiling IMOCA 60 PRB before it sank in the  South Atlant
2020 August 1

Brion Toss 1951-2020

The news arrived from his family as softly as mist on a cool Northwest morning. “Last night as Venus departed from its intimate planetary visit, our beloved Brion Toss, surrounded by his loving fami
2020 May 14
Harken employees switch gears to make masks for Milwaukee-area healthcare workers.The sailing industry has been through tough times before, the recession and fuel shortage in the 1970s and most recent
2020 May 14
Dawn Riley, center, made the decision to quarantine the staff during the coronavirus pandemic.In early March, when news of the coronavirus pandemic became increasingly alarming, Dawn Riley didn’t wa
2019 August 1

Light air vexes the fleet on its way to Nantucket

We hoped the gale warning forecast was wrong as we set out for the 48th annual Figawi Race from Hyannis to Nantucket on Cape Cod in May. It wasn’t. But my friend Josh Antrim was committed to sailing
2019 July 1
The 105-foot classic ketch Whitehawk is set to race the Great Lakes Mackinac races.What do you do when you no longer have your Volvo 70 Il Mostro to race the Mackinac races on? If you’re Peter Thort
2019 June 2
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
2018 November 19
 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
2018 November 19
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
2018 June 28
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
2017 September 1
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 small, from classic Cal 40s to the record-breaking maxi Comanche. There was a sled with a cat’s name, Pyewacket, and a cat with a monkey’s name, Chim Chim. And this year’s race marked the return of The Wizard.
2017 August 8
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.
2017 July 1
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. 

Perry on Design

  • This sexy looking cruising cat was designed for speed

  • The revival of Beneteau’s First series of racer-cruisers continues with this midsized family boat

  • A wolf in sheep’s clothing, this classic cruiser is deceptively powerful

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