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A perfect day of winter racing
by David Schmidt
Sail-World's US Editor tells of a magical day enabled by great teamwork The roads were icy, but far less treacherous than I feared as I eased onto I-5, my car aimed at Seattle's Shilshole Bay Marina. Amazingly, this motif of the day exceeding expectations continued throughout our team's 2022 Duwamish Head Race.
Posted on 18 Jan
At the front of the fleet.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Handy position to be in. no matter whether it is icy pole sticks in a drain, or ocean racers at sea. Handy position to be in, no matter whether it is icy pole sticks in a drain, or Grand Prix boats out in the big blue. Since my last ditty, I noticed that three podiums in the one race were all powered by North Sails...
Posted on 16 Jan
America's Cup U-turn, 16ft Skiffs shine
by Mark Jardine
Mark Jardine looks at what's been making the news so far in 2022 America's Cup land never fails to deliver on drama, and the past week saw plenty of it as American Magic confirmed their intention to compete in the 37th America's Cup (AC37), representing the New York Yacht Club (NYYC).
Posted on 10 Jan
The Twelve Days of FiveO Christmas
by Dougal Henshall
It is time to vote for your favourite 505 photo The 5o5 class grabbed the media spotlight with the '12 days of 5o5 Christmas'. The premise was simple, for instead of calling birds, pipers a piping and French hens, there were twelve superb Christophe Favreau photographs.
Posted on 7 Jan
Sydney Hobart, Magnus Olsson Prize, #TeamSeas
by David Schmidt
Read David Schmidt's first North American editorial of 2022! The Pacific Northwest might have been buried under snow and unseasonably cold temperatures over the holidays, but things were decidedly warmer in Australia with the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
Posted on 4 Jan
Sterling effort.
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
50 crews made it through the first night in the washing machine to reach ye olde Hobart Town. Singling out the Two-Handers in the Hobart is in no way belittling any of the 50 crews who made it through the first night in the washing machine.
Posted on 2 Jan
Life through a lens
by Mark Jardine & John Curnow
Could augmented reality help avoid serious collisions? We spend much of our time on our smartphones, snapping away photos at this, that, and everything, and increasingly our phone cameras are giving us tips about suggested focus points and camera modes.
Posted on 26 Dec 2021
Arrested development
by Dougal Henshall
Has the restricted development genre had its day? Let's start with a little Christmas Quiz and play spot the odd one out. Numerically, the Merlin Rockets are our most successful development class, but in this classic shot from a crowded Salcombe, can you recognise the one boat that ISN'T a Winder?
Posted on 23 Dec 2021
The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2021 - The Top Five
by Mark Jardine & Andy Rice
The second and final part of Mark Jardine and Andy Rice's annual round-up It's the second and final part of Mark Jardine and Andy Rice's annual round-up of the 10 most read stories from 2021 on Mark's websites, and
Posted on 22 Dec 2021
Winter Solstice, SailGP, Cup news, Youth Worlds
by David Schmidt
Winter Solstice, SailGP news, Cup news, Youth Sailing World Championships Daylight is in short supply in the Northern Hemisphere, but we've already started waxing daylight. In time, this will mean a return to weeknight racing, distance racing, and that great feeling of knowing that the entire sailing season lays ahead.
Posted on 21 Dec 2021
Sport for Life
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Much is often made of the fact that sailing is a sport for life Much is often made of the fact that sailing is a sport for life. This was the overriding thought that stayed with me as I reflected on a new event that will get underway on January 3, 2022.
Posted on 19 Dec 2021
The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2021 - #6 to #10
by Mark Jardine & Andy Rice
Mark Jardine talks with's Andy Rice about the highest readerships articles of the year Mark Jardine talks with Andy Rice about the top stories of 2021 (measured by highest readership) from and
Posted on 16 Dec 2021
Embracing the MarineVerse
by Mark Jardine
There is no doubt that VR is coming of age One of the more interesting articles which crossed from my inbox to and was from Marc Ablett about MarineVerse.
Posted on 14 Dec 2021
The Twelve Days of FiveO Christmas
by Dougal Henshall
Dougal Henshall wants to pick the best 505 photo for his book cover For the 12 Days of FiveO Christmas, each day will see one of Christophe's pictures posted, then at the end readers will be allowed to comment with suggestions as to which picture they think should grace the book cover.
Posted on 10 Dec 2021
Decently Exposed
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
I had wanted more - quite a lot more, actually I had wanted more. Quite a lot more, actually. Ever since I had seen them it had been a bit like Kaa, the snake in The Jungle Book. You know: "Look into my eyes"
Posted on 6 Dec 2021
David Graham on the future Paralympic sailing
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt checks in with the CEO of World Sailing I checked in with David Graham, CEO of World Sailing, via email, about the organization's “Back the Bid” campaign to reinstate sailing at the 2028 Paralympic Games.
Posted on 1 Dec 2021
Making the world smaller
by Mark Jardine
They used to say any publicity is good publicity They used to say any publicity is good publicity, but that has been severely tested in recent times by celebrities and sportspeople who wish they were anywhere but the limelight when things go pear shaped.
Posted on 30 Nov 2021
70 years of going Dutch
by Dougal Henshall
The UK's part in the history of the Flying Dutchman Since the early 1950s the Flying Dutchman has been one of the pinnacles of performance sailing. What though is the secret behind this amazing and often ground-breaking boat?
Posted on 26 Nov 2021
AC37 Protocol published, TJV, Skiff/Nacra Worlds
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt's newsletter with the latest from the sailing world Given the “time soup” that the world seems to have collectively entered since the start of the pandemic, you're forgiven if the 36th America's Cup (March, 2021) seems like ages ago. That said, the wheels of motion never cease in the AC world.
Posted on 23 Nov 2021
Interview with PowerUP Energy Technologies CEO
by Mark Jardine
We speak to Dr. Ivar Kruusenberg at METSTRADE 2021 Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of, talks to Dr. Ivar Kruusenberg, CEO and founder of PowerUP Energy Technologies, at METSTRADE 2021 to find out more about their fuel cell generators which use pure hydrogen gas as fuel.
Posted on 22 Nov 2021
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