These days, just mention the words “America’s Cup” to any group of sailors and it’s likely that in no more than a few minutes they’ll all be arguing. Gone are the times when this same contingent would wait with bated breath, unified by their love for sailing, to see what beauty would be incarnated for this very special gentleman’s match race around the buoys – a race that only happens every three or four years. Gorgeous boats would be designed especially for this occasion– the oldest and most dignified major sporting event in existence. Common sailors would await the unveiling of the world’s most foremost yacht designers’ creations only to be sailed by the world’s most decorated and respected sailors. What could be better? What could ever corrupt such bliss? The answer: foiling multihulls.
SAIL: A tribute to the world’s greatest races, sailors and their boats
by TIMOTHY JEFFERY
If you like racing sailboats, then you will not find a better written or more beautiful book, Period. Jeffery’s has done a superb job researching and describing the great races around the world. Plus, the photos are fabulous which make this a unique book that will be a classic on any serious racer’s book shelf, as well as an inspiration to those just starting.
The MarkSetBot is the world’s first robotic race mark, which allows a race committee to set up or change a race mark more quickly and accurately.Continue Reading
Go Sailing, sailing’s free social-media app that keeps sailors connected and sailing, is very excited to announce an update which will expand and refine its services to be available internationally. Part of the update will include trip list filters for an enhanced browsing experience and the ability to schedule sailing related events worldwide.Continue Reading
The Hunter Vision 32 is a production boat built in the late 80s that stepped outside the norm with its free-standing mast.Continue Reading
According to a press release recently received at ASA, a Canadian boatbuilding company in Halifax — Barium Boatbuilding, Ltd. — has just announced the ultimate in portable dinghy design. Called the “Mighty-Mini” (they’re searching for a better name), the dinghy is shipped in a container roughly the side of a man’s shoebox.
Heaving to (to heave to and to be hove to) involves parking the boat while out at sea. It’s easy to do but it takes a little practice as every boat is different!Continue Reading
After a solid two hours of sailing in perfect conditions, more white caps begin to emerge and the sky seems irritated. You know the mood of the wind is changing and, as a sailor, know you’ll be adjusting along with it.Continue Reading
Okay, you’ve checked out of 101, 103 & 104 and the sailing fever is still burning strong. You need to either check into a hospital or buy your first boat – you choose the latter. But what kind should you get? The magazines and websites have you drooling over boats that have tempted you with their sex appeal or indestructible capabilities and you are leaning in every direction.
We know that learning to sail can be overwhelming and there is a lot to take in. In an effort to help we’ve created a series of “Bite Sized Lessons” taken straight out or our textbooks – Sailing Made Easy and Coastal Cruising Made Easy.
In this lesson we take a look at what happens when there is a “man overboard” and learn the important Y.T.P.S.C. acronym that reminds us what the first 5 steps should always be.