Sailing Magazine - Splashes https://sailingmagazine.net/articles.sec-130-1-splashes.html Mon, 25 Oct 21 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 In search of hard water https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2303-in-search-of-hard-water.html 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...]]> Mayday - 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2279-mayday.html "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...]]> Catalina Yachts Announces Loss of CEO Frank W. Butler https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2278-catalina-yachts-announces-loss-of-ceo-frank-w-butler.html It is with great sadness that we announce that Frank Willis Butler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalina Yachts, passed away November 15, 2020 in Westlake Village, CA, due to unexpected c...]]> ‘The Godfather of Rigging’ - Brion Toss 1951-2020 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2233-%25E2%2580%2598the-godfather-of-rigging%25E2%2580%2599.html 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...]]> Sailing inside the bubble https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2219-sailing-inside-the-bubble.html 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...]]> Shifting gears https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2220-shifting-gears.html 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...]]> Wowie Figawi - Light air vexes the fleet on its way to Nantucket https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2121-wowie-figawi.html 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...]]> From plastic to classic https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2118-from-plastic-to-classic.html 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...]]> Pioneer in sailmaking https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2110-pioneer-in-sailmaking.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2033-star-power.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-2034-lego-my-boat-kit.html  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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1992-restoring-marilee.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1920-sailing-where-eagles-soar.html
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Magic wands and record breakers https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1915-magic-wands-and-record-breakers.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1896-mob-miracle.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1902-the-cup-heads-home.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1873-sailing-on-dry-land.html

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.

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When water freezes over - Iceboats race the DN World Championship on Lake Kegonsa, Wisconsin, in January. https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1849-when-water-freezes-over.html

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...

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Game on! https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1826-game-on_.html

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, ...

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The best resort sport https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1805-the-best-resort-sport.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1734-sailing-at-warp-speed.html

 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...

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The fight against ocean plastic https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1694-the-fight-against-ocean-plastic.html 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. 

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Onward to Hawaii https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1665-onward-to-hawaii.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1645-hobie-ing-to-havana.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1629-exporting-talent.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1611-feeling-the-need-for-frozen-speed.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1598-the-great-navigator.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1582-blasting-to-hobart.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1536-bashing-for-a-good-cause.html 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 https://sailingmagazine.net/article-1133-little-dutch-shoes.html 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...]]>