The Great Divide: Foiling vs Floating

Foiling has only made sailing that much largerPhoto courtesy of Foiling WorldI well remember the first time I ever saw a flying sailboat. I was on Narragansett Bay several years ago, test-sailing one of those old-fashioned boats—the ones with hulls that float in the water 100 percent of the time—when we spotted a foiling Moth speeding out of Newport like the proverbial bat out of hell. We were suitably impressed. Then one of our company who was more familiar...

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Experience: Storms and Pirates

Most people have no idea what it’s like to be out on the ocean away from their comfortable lifestyle here in the United States. Back in the early 1970s, though, my wife, Kitty, and I spent four years circumnavigating the globe on our 30ft Allied Seawind ketch, Bebinka. Bebinka under full sail in fair weatherBefore we left, friends would ask, “You are going to sail across oceans in a 30ft boat! Aren’t you afraid of storms?” But we’d never...

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Exploring The Generation 1 America’s Cup 75

The flaps on these foils, like those on an airplane, control fly height, but it’s hard to glean much from the photos released to date. There are, however, flaps like those on Britannia that show a distinct line separating the main foil from the flap at around the last 30 percent of the main foil. Morphing foils have been around for some time; the rule requires a distinct axis of rotation for the flap, but allows for flexible material...

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Windfoiling: Meet the New Olympic Discipline

The iFoil becomes the fourth Olympic event of 10 to use foiling equipment for 2024. This is pretty dramatic considering the Nacra 17 is the only foiling class in 2020. Of all the Olympic foilers, however, windfoiling is perfectly placed to boost viewership in sailing. It’s fast in all conditions. The athlete is also visibly linked to the equipment—as opposed to ­kiting where the kite is high and out of the camera frame. It can be raced on tight...

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Charter: Florida’s Gulf Coast

Last summer, I was delighted to be invited to join two of my girlfriends on a sailing trip—my third, no less! This trip would surely herald my promotion from nautical novice to savvy seafaring expert. I was to join them on a charter in Southwest Florida and sail along the Intracoastal Waterway. Many moons ago I had spent some time camping in the Everglades, but this was to be my first venture to Florida’s west coast. The month was...

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Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300

Though best known for its cruising boats, Jeanneau has long kept a hand in competitive racing with its Sun Fast line. The newest of these French-built speedsters is the Sun Fast 3300, which takes the place of the long-lived 3200.Design & ConstructionA collaboration between veteran Sun Fast designer Daniel Andrieu and Vendée Globe/America’s Cup naval architect Guillaume Verdier, the Sun Fast 3300 is expressly configured for solo or doublehanded offshore competition. However, it can also be used for fully-crewed...

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U.S. Team Strikes Miami Gold

U.S. Finn sailor Caleb Paine is looking good as the Olympics approachPhoto courtesy of Sailing Energy/World SailingIf there was ever a time for the U.S. Sailing Team, which has been experiencing a serious medal drought of late, to start peaking it would be now, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to begin in July. Luckily, it appears the team, which has won only three Olympic medals since 2004, is doing just that, taking three golds in the Hempel World...

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Kirby Triumphs In Laser Lawsuit

After a nearly seven-year battle, a federal jury awarded Laser designer Bruce Kirby $6.8 million from Laser Performance Europe, LTD, and Quarter Moon, Inc., as the company is called in the U.S. Says Kirby, “For nearly two-and-a-half years, they deliberately produced and sold boats with plaques in the back of the boat that had my name on them and paid no royalties. To me there was no doubt they knew what they were doing.”

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Charter: the Greek Isles

This overview of Aegina shows why the allure of Greece’s beautiful islands never fadesPhoto by ShutterstockIf there’s one charter destination that’s impossible to tire of, it’s Greece. This Mediterranean jewel is simply so large, so varied and so special it’s impossible to relegate it to just a single checkbox on a list.This past year a group of friends and I chartered from Navigare Yachting, based in Agios Kosmas Marina, a way down from the port of Piraeus outside of...

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IDEC Tri Breaks Tea Route Record

The maxi-tri IDEC Sport averaged an incredible 20.7 knots over the 15,873 miles it sailedF. VanMaleghem /ALEA/IDEC SPORTFrancis Joyon and his crew aboard the maxi-tri IDEC Sport have set a new record for the “tea route” from Hong Kong to London of just 31 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes. In doing so they bested the previous record set by Italian skipper, Giovanni Soldini aboard the trimaran Maserati in early 2018 by just over four days.IDEC Sport averaged an incredible...

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