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American Magic, One Design & record-breaking news
by David Schmidt
Latest newsletter from Sail-World's David Schmidt in the USA January 17, 2021 wasn't a good day for the American Magic syndicate, which suffered a boat-breaking capsize. Many people feared the worst for American Magic, which, despite the New York Yacht Club's impressive legacy, was in their first Cup campaign.
Posted on 11 May
Barnes and Dallman-Weiss on their 470 campaign
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Nikki Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss on earning their berth to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics Few recent Olympic trials have been tougher than the multi-year battle to determine which Women's 470 team would represent the USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Posted on 11 May
Hello, my old friend…
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
So I put the word out... it got heard… and how! So I put the word out back in 52 pick up. At any rate, it got heard… And how!
Posted on 9 May
Gladwell's Line: Pressing ignition on pro-sailing
by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The sail racing world is spluttering back into life after over 12 months of being hostage by COVID The sail racing world is spluttering back into life after over 12 months of being hostage to the COVID pandemic - here's a look at how SailGP and the America's Cup coped, plus the 2024 Olympic event quandary.
Posted on 6 May
Alternate reality
by Mark Jardine
Is the Paris 2024 10th medal hammering a square peg in a round hole? This time 40 years ago the drummer Nick Mason released an album called Fictitious Sports. As with his band Pink Floyd, Hipgnosis were called upon for the album art, creating the image you see above, which seemed apt as an intro for this editorial.
Posted on 3 May
SailGP news, TOR goes green, and new IMOCA rules
by David Schmidt
Latest newsletter from Sail-World's David Schmidt in the USA The weather may have been cold and rainy for the Seattle Yacht Club's Protection Island Race this past Saturday on Puget Sound, but things were fortunately warmer in Bermuda, where sailing unfurled for the first event in the 2021 SailGP season.
Posted on 27 Apr
SailGP season opener serves and frustrates
by Mark Jardine
Incredible logistics and technology needs a little honing I take my hat off to the logistics team that the event happened at all. With a lockdown in Bermuda and the general difficulties in travel, getting eight international teams and the paraphernalia to a small island in the North Atlantic was no mean feat.
Posted on 26 Apr
52 pick up
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Somebody only gets you the once. Hopefully… Somebody only gets you the once. Hopefully… Where the playing cards are held between the thumb and index finger, flexed down, and then sprayed out to a jumbled mess on the floor.
Posted on 25 Apr
Nurture the roots to enjoy the fruit
by Mark Jardine
The grass roots and professional sides of sailing are connected Without doubt, my favourite day on the water all year is when I run the first Junior Sailing session of the year at my local club.
Posted on 19 Apr
World Sailing's double problem
by Mark Jardine
IOC concerns on Mixed Offshore Event at Paris 2024 Following on from the International Olympic Committee's six-week notice to World Sailing about their concerns over the Mixed Offshore Event at Paris 2024, the sport's governing body held a Townhall Meeting of their Board and Council.
Posted on 16 Apr
Green shoots emerge on North America regatta scene
by David Schmidt
Latest newsletter from Sail-World's David Schmidt in the USA Good news arrived last week from the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes, announcing that their 2022 world championships will be hosted by Sail Nova Scotia, on the waters of Nova Scotia's St. Margaret's Bay from September 6-11, 2022
Posted on 13 Apr
Can You Feel It?
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Well? Can you? The Jacksons certainly did back in 1980 with this single from their Triumph album. Well? Can you? The Jacksons certainly did back in 1980 with this single from their Triumph album. Some of the names that went into included the exceptionally talented, and most sought after Greg Phillinganes on ivories, and then one Venetta Fields.
Posted on 11 Apr
The John Westell Centenary pt.5
by Dougal Henshall
FiveOs, fast multi-hulls and faster cars! This fifth and final programme in the series celebrating the centenary of John Westell kicks off with the 5o5, but now with John not so much as the designer but as the first volume builder of GRP FiveOs in the UK.
Posted on 9 Apr
Explore. Dream. Discover.
by Mark Jardine
The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many The Easter weekend was a time to get on the water around the globe for many. Lockdown restrictions in the UK have eased somewhat, allowing the return of grassroots sports, and the fine weather resulted in sailors heading to their local clubs.
Posted on 6 Apr
AI AC36.5 v1.0
by Mark Jardine
Natural evolution from displacement to foiling to virtual The America's Cup is taking the next logical step in its evolution, with the move from the physical to the virtual world. For continuity, the AC75 rule will be retained, with a few modifications, for what will be known as the 'AI AC36.5 v1.0'.
Posted on 31 Mar
America's Cup: Two feet
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
A unit of measurement, avatar and a couple more often helpful in sailboat racing It can be a unit of measurement. Also the very extremities you use for balance when standing up. Then on March 5 this year, we saw that they can even belong to an avatar assisting you and your cause via reinforcement learning.
Posted on 28 Mar
A game for billionaires
by Mark Jardine
The Simpsons and the America's Cup have nothing and everything in common One of my favourite Simpsons episodes, from 1992, is where Homer creates a 'Wonder Bat' from a fallen tree branch, leading to a revival of the Springfield nuclear plant softball team's team fortunes.
Posted on 23 Mar
America's Cup: Sliding Doors
by John Curnow
If the 2021 America's Cup proves one thing, it's that design and innovation reigns supreme If the 2021 America's Cup proves one thing, it's that design and innovation reigns supreme. It would be easy to focus on large catamarans, even bigger monohulls, perhaps even seeing the Kiwis start foiling the AC72 cats, or their cyclors of Bermuda.
Posted on 23 Mar
Whispering Jack
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Unabashedly, this title does refer to the Aussie singing icon, John Farnham Unabashedly, this title does wholeheartedly refer to the Aussie singing icon, John Farnham. Not that our subject does in any way whatsoever warble in the same category.
Posted on 22 Mar
Emirates Team New Zealand defends AC36
by David Schmidt
Latest newsletter from Sail-World's David Schmidt in the USA Sail-World tips our hat to Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Glenn Ashby, and the entire ETNZ team for sailing one heck of a great regatta, and for having the vision and gumption to successfully pull off a Cup for the history books.
Posted on 17 Mar
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