The Kids Will Also Get a New Cup Boat

Turns out the AC75 full-foiling monohull isn’t the only new boat that will be tearing things up this America’s Cup cycle. Earlier this week, organizers of the Youth America’s Cup, which runs parallel to the regular 36th America’s Cup, announced that a brand-new foiling monohull will be used for that racing as well, the AC9F.Designed by the New Zealand boatbuilding company Yachting Developments with input from the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, Southern Spars and North Sails, the new...

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Learning New Sailing Skills

Multihull sailing requires a skill set all its ownPhoto courtesy of Lagoon CatamaransThe other day I was thinking about the very first time I sailed a multihull. It was in New Zealand, of all places, on the Bay of Islands, midway through Christmas break at the school where I was then teaching as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa. Stranger still, I was already 29 years old.Granted, save for the occasional trip to New England, I was, at...

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Boat of the Year 2020 Best Crossover: J/99

The Johnstones campaigned their stock French-built J/99 in New England with mixed results during the summer of 2019, with a provisional base PHRF rating of 78. Once they learned how to better tune the aluminum rig, Johnstone says they began to realize its true colors: “Our top speed, in 30 knots, [in Cowes, England] with six on board, was 18.5 knots,” he says. “We jibed it four or five times with outside jibes without any problems while boats were...

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Boat of the Year 2020 Eagle Class 53: Best Multihull

Gonzalez admits to being ­conservative and offers to sail again on a windier day. It’s a good thing that he does so. Later, in a stiff northwesterly, the judges board the sleek, silver carbon sculpture again. This time, with a full main locked to the top of the wing, they unfurl the masthead code zero, and are practically in Norfolk, Virginia, before they have to turn back.

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Boat of the Year 2020 F101: Best Foiler

As you’re sailing, the foil wand hanging behind the trailing edge effectively feels where the boat is riding relative to the water and actuates the main flap. In light winds, it gives you more lift, and the boat pops up on the foil. Get too high, and the wand drops down even ­further, forcing negative lift on the flap, which brings you back down to your desired height and prevents the foils from breaking the surface.

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36th America’s Cup: Different Design Approaches

The new America’s Cup foiling monohulls all show different approaches to hull design. Which will come out on top?Skiff or scow? Contrast the fine bow of Italy’s first-generation hull with the fuller, more rounded sections of the American boat The design rule for the 36th America’s Cup is the most audacious yet: a 75ft foiling monohull that will race mostly in flight at four times true wind speed, up to 50 knots. It’s more an airplane than a boat; more...

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Inside the 2020 – 2023 Para World Sailing Strategy – Goal #2 – Part 1

World Sailing's 2020 - 2023 Para World Sailing Strategy outlines the goals, priorities and tactics that will enable the discipline to grow.Launched at the 2019 Annual Conference in Bermuda, the goals include:- #1 - Increase Worldwide Participation to 45 nations on 5 continents by the end of 2023- #2 - Expand Competition- #3 - Effective marketing and communications- #4 - Governance and rulesOn 2 December, World Sailing provided insight on goal #1 - click here for more - and...

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Percy-Ekström claim 2019 SSL Finals in three-way photo finish

After an ultra-light wind Quarter and Semi-Finals, the wind on the Nassau's Montagu Bay finally filled in to provide the best conditions for the four boat finale to the 2019 SSL Finals, the event that seeks to determine the 'star of the sailing world'.While the Quarter and Semi-Finals had shown the rich get richer, both with run-away winners, this was not the case in the Final.Star World Champions Poland's Mateusz Kusznierewicz and his Brazilian uber-crew Bruno Prada dropped off...

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Epic conditions and close battles decide world titles

Auckland witnessed the climax of three tensely fought World Championships, where none of the victors had it easy.Challenging Auckland wind and waves played their part in determining the outcome of the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships. There are three winners, but anyone watching the groundbreaking live coverage will know that there were no runaway winners from this epic regatta.49er: GERMANS MAKE KIWIS SWEAT FOR THEIR 5TH WORLD TITLEPeter Burling and Blair Tuke have won a fifth...

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