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Sail-World USA Editorial

Articles written by David Schmidt are listed below.
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Celebrating offshore accomplishments
by David Schmidt
Global Solo Challenge and the Arkéa Ultim Challenge endgames Back in January, I wrote about 2024 having an embarrassment of riches, and the first of these dividends have arrived, courtesy of the Global Solo Challenge and the Arkéa Ultim Challenge.
Posted on 27 Feb
2024 505 Midwinter Championship interview
by David Schmidt
We talk with Ethan Bixby about the 2024 505 Midwinters Sail-World checked in with Ethan Bixby, event chair of the 2024 505 Midwinter Championship, to learn more about this competitive, warm-water One Design regatta.
Posted on 20 Feb
Traffic at the Horn, ocean heartache, Rolex Awards
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt's latest North American racing newsletter A few weeks ago, I spilled a considerable amount of e-ink in this newsletter describing the embarrassment of riches that 2024 is presenting to the sailing world, and this has been on full display on the waters surrounding Cape Horn this past week.
Posted on 13 Feb
2024 Sarasota Sunshine Sunfish Regatta interview
by David Schmidt
We talk with Mary Ellen Brown about the 2024 Sarasota Sunshine Sunfish Regatta Sail-World checked in with Mary Ellen Brown, event chair of the 2024 Sarasota Sunshine Sunfish Regatta, to learn more about this warm-water One Design regatta.
Posted on 8 Feb
Eddie Cox on the Melges 15 class
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Eddie Cox on the state of the Melges 15 class Sail-World checked in with Melges's Eddie Cox, via email, to learn more about the company's latest grin-inducing One Design.
Posted on 6 Feb
Sarah Douglas on her 2024 Olympic Campaign
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Sarah Douglas on her 2024 Olympic Campaign Sail-World checked in with Sarah Douglas, who is campaigning to represent Canada in the ILCA 6 class at the Paris 2024 Olympics, via email, to learn more about her program ahead of this summer's Games.
Posted on 1 Feb
Ultims, Global Solo Challenge, ILCA 7s
by David Schmidt
The Arkea Ultim Challenge, Global Solo Challenge Cape Horn roundings, ILCA 7 Worlds This year's El Nino cycle has led to big melt-offs at Pacific Northwest ski hills. Normally, this is cause for the blues, but I've found myself so engrossed with the various unfurling offshore events that that my lack of powder turns hasn't seemed so bad.
Posted on 30 Jan
Justin Ahearn on the 2024 Albacore Midwinters
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Justin Ahearn on the 2024 Albacore Midwinters Championship Sail-World checked in with Justin Ahearn, who serves as sailing director of the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, which is hosting the 2024 Albacore Midwinters Championship, via email, to learn more.
Posted on 16 Jan
A look at three offshore contests
by David Schmidt
The Arkea Ultim Challenge, the Global Solo Challenge, and the Ocean Globe Race 2023 Imagine that you're sailing aboard a vessel that can outrun the wind. Forget waiting for big-picture seasonal changes—instead, you can employ a bit of weather routing and gain greater control over your destiny. Welcome to the Arkea Ultim Challenge.
Posted on 16 Jan
Travis Yates on the Sarasota Viper Winter Series
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Travis Yates on the second 2024 Sarasota Viper Winter Series Event Sail-World checked in with Travis Yates, regatta chair of the 2024 Sarasota Viper Winter Series, via email, to learn more about this competitive One Design series.
Posted on 10 Jan
Lisa Herendeen on the 2024 Bluster Regatta
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Lisa Herendeen on the 2024 Bluster Regatta Sail-World checked in with Lisa Herendeen, regatta chair of Hobie Division 8's 2024 Bluster Regatta, via email, to learn more about this warm-water multi-hulls event.
Posted on 9 Jan
Brendan Huffman on the Del Rey YC's William Berger
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Brendan Huffman on the Del Rey YC's William Berger Series Sail-World checked in with Brendan Huffman, who serves as race-program manager at Del Rey Yacht Club, which is hosting the William Berger Series, via email, to learn more about this classic race series.
Posted on 3 Jan
Looking ahead to a year full of sailing riches
by David Schmidt
From the Arkea Ultim Challenge to the Vendee Globe, 2024 promises to be a big year The sailing world is about to enjoy an embarrassment of riches. This is because 2024 is an Olympic year, an America's Cup year, and a Vendee Globe year. But first, get ready for the Arkea Ultim Challenge.
Posted on 2 Jan
Erden Eruç on preparing for the 2026 Golden Globe
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Erden Eruç about his preparations for the 2026 Golden Globe Race I checked in with Erden Eruç, an 18-time Guinness Book of World Records holder and high-level ocean rower (and my longtime friend), via email, to learn more about his ongoing preparations to compete in the 2026 Golden Globe Race.
Posted on 2 Jan
Solstice celebrations, offshore contests
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt rounds up the racing news There are a lot of great holiday traditions in the world, all of which deserve celebration and recognition. Even my own strange little nod to the annual “low tide”.
Posted on 19 Dec 2023
Graham Biehl on racing two-handed to Hobart
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Graham Biehl on racing doublehanded in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Sail-World checked in with two-time Olympic sailor Graham Biehl to learn more about his plans to race two-handed in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Posted on 19 Dec 2023
Keiran Searle on Melges 20 class news
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Keiran Searle on the latest developments in the Melges 20 class Sail-World checked in with Keiran Searle, class manager of the Melges 20 class, via email, to get the latest downloads from this fast-and-fun One Design class.
Posted on 14 Dec 2023
Nikole Barnes-Bargehr and Ted McDonough talk 470s
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Nikole Barnes-Bargehr and Ted McDonough about their 470 campaign Sail-World checked in with Nikole Barnes-Bargehr and Ted McDonough to learn more about their campaign to represent the USA in the Mixed Two Person Dinghy event at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Posted on 13 Dec 2023
SailGP changes, AC racing, Ultim dreams
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt rounds up the racing news While the world is enjoying some fantastic offshore racing, there's also been great inshore action at SailGP and in America's Cup circles.
Posted on 5 Dec 2023
Dave Valentine on the TX Yacht Club Challenge Cup
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Dave Valentine about the 2023 Texas Yacht Club Challenge Cup Sail-World checked in with Dave Valentine, of the Fort Worth Boat Club, to learn more about the FWBC's Texas Yacht Club Challenge Cup.
Posted on 5 Dec 2023
Ted Weihe on the E Scow Anniversary Sarasota event
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Ted Weihe on the 100th E Scow Anniversary Sarasota Regatta Sail-World checked in with Ted Weihe, regatta chair of the 100th E Scow Anniversary Sarasota Regatta, to learn more about this warm-water regatta.
Posted on 30 Nov 2023
Chris May on the GBCA's 2023 Chili Chase Regatta
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Chris May on the Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Chili Chase Regatta Sail-World checked in with Chris May, commodore of the Galveston Bay Cruising Association, to learn more about the organization's annual Chili Chase Regatta.
Posted on 30 Nov 2023
Robert Nettleton on the 2023 Winter Vashon race
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Robert Nettleton on the 2023 Winter Vashon race Sail-World checked in with Robert Nettleton, sailing officer at the Tacoma Yacht Club, to learn more about this classic Pacific Northwest late-fall race.
Posted on 29 Nov 2023
Dona Bertarelli discusses ocean conservation
by David Schmidt
A Q&A Dona Bertarelli of the Spindrift Sailing Team on her efforts to help ocean ecology Sail-World checked in with Dona Bertarelli, head of the Spindrift sailing team and the owner and co-skipper of the maxi trimaran Sails of Change, to learn more about her efforts to help ocean ecology.
Posted on 22 Nov 2023
Global Solo Challenge, TJV, Ocean Globe Race news
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt rounds up the racing news These must be heady days for singlehanded skipper Andrea Mura. The Italian sailor set out from A Coruña, Spain, on Saturday aboard his Open 50, with nothing but wide-open horizon in front of his bow.
Posted on 21 Nov 2023
A look at the Jamin J/22 International Regatta
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Spencer May on the 2023 Jamin J/22 International Regatta Sail-World checked in with Spencer May, regatta chair and commodore of the hosting Montego Bay Yacht Club, to learn more about this now-classic warm-water J/22 regatta.
Posted on 21 Nov 2023
Erik Carlson on the GHYC's Le Mans Race
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Erik Carlson on the Gig Harbor Yacht Club's 2023 Le Mans Race Sail-World checked in with Erik Carlson, regatta chair of the Gig Harbor Yacht Club's 2023 Le Mans Race, to learn more about this classic Pacific Northwest fall regatta.
Posted on 14 Nov 2023
Greg Way on the James T. Liston Turkey Day Regatta
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Greg Way on the HYC's annual James T. Liston Turkey Day Regatta Sail-World checked in with Greg Way, event chair of the Houston Yacht Club's annual James T. Liston Turkey Day Regatta, to learn more about this mid-fall One Design and keelboat regatta.
Posted on 13 Nov 2023
TJV, Ocean Globe Race, and Global Solo Challenge
by David Schmidt
Global and national racing news summarised for North American sailors North American sailors may be reeling from the loss of an extra hour of evening light, but those brave souls sailing the world's oceans and operating around-the-clock are likely immune to this seasonal slap to morale.
Posted on 7 Nov 2023
Doug Longhini on the Blackbeard Sailing Club's 202
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Doug Longhini on the Blackbeard Sailing Club's 2023 Turkey Trot Regatta Sail-World checked in with Doug Longhini, of the Blackbeard Sailing Club, to learn more about their organization's annual Turkey Trot Regatta.
Posted on 7 Nov 2023
Ocean Globe Race, Middle Sea Race, IMOCA 60s
by David Schmidt
Sail-World's US editor looks at this week's racing news of relevance Cape Town, South Africa, isn't close to North America, but it's fair to say that many of us have been paying close attention to the sailboats finishing the first leg of the Ocean Globe Race on the waters below Cape Town's fabled Table Mountain.
Posted on 24 Oct 2023
Regan Edwards on the Seattle Yacht Club's 2023 Gra
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Regan Edwards on the Seattle Yacht Club's 2023 Grand Prix Sail-World checked in with Regan Edwards, regatta chair of the Seattle Yacht Club's 2023 Grand Prix, to learn more about this classic Pacific Northwest fall regatta.
Posted on 12 Oct 2023
Retro racing, solo sailing, IC37s, J/105s, M24s
by David Schmidt
Global and national racing news summarised for North America The onshore world finds itself mirroring, albeit in a much slower and geographically fixed way, the temperatures that are being experienced by the sailors who are contesting the fully crewed Ocean Globe Race as they plunge south.
Posted on 10 Oct 2023
Dean Lenz on the Colorado Governor's Cup Regatta
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Dean Lenz on the 2023 Colorado Governor's Cup Regatta Sail-World checked in with Dean Lenz, regatta chair of the 2023 Colorado Governor's Cup Regatta, to learn more about this Front Range regatta.
Posted on 10 Oct 2023
Rocky Sanchez on the 2023 Rhodes 19 National Champ
by David Schmidt
An interview with Rocky Sanchez on the 2023 Rhodes 19 National Championship Sail-World checked in with Rocky Sanchez, regatta chair of the 2023 Rhodes 19 National Championship, to learn more about this championship-level One Design regatta.
Posted on 3 Oct 2023
Susan McKinnon on the U.S. Multihull Championship
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Susan McKinnon on the U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Cup Sail-World checked in with Susan McKinnon, regatta chair of the 2023 U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Cup, to learn more about this championship-level multihull regatta.
Posted on 2 Oct 2023
Racing news for North America this week
by David Schmidt
Global Solo Challenge and Ocean Globe Race updates, SailGP news As the season's first atmospheric river starts to gain steam here in the Pacific Northwest, I find myself day dreaming about the two around-the-world races that are currently unfurling.
Posted on 26 Sep 2023
Richard Wade on the Flying Scot Wife Husband Champ
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Richard Wade on the 2023 Flying Scot Wife Husband Championship Sail-World checked in with Richard Wade, regatta chair of the 2023 Flying Scot Wife Husband Championship, to learn more about this exciting One Design regatta.
Posted on 19 Sep 2023
2023 Soling World Championship interview
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Ashley Henderson and Paul McGuan about the Soling World 2023 Sail-World checked in with Ashley Henderson and Paul McGuan, daughter-and-father regatta chairs of the Soling World Championship 2023, to learn more about this championship-level One Design regatta.
Posted on 14 Sep 2023
2023 Red Bra Regatta Interview
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Joan Byrne, Winnie Kelley and Jocelyn Swanson about the 11th annual Red Bra Regatta Sail-World checked in with Joan Byrne and Winnie Kelley, regatta chairs of the 11th annual Red Bra Regatta, to learn more about this women's-only keelboat regatta.
Posted on 14 Sep 2023
Ocean Globe Race, Global Solo Challenge, SailGP
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt looks at the racing news relevant to North America Daylight is slowly becoming a diminishing resource here in North America, however the international sailing scene is headed anywhere but winter storage thanks to a news cycle with no break in sight.
Posted on 12 Sep 2023
Juana Rudzki on the 33rd annual Juana Good Time Re
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Juana Rudzki on the 33rd annual Juana Good Time Regatta I checked in with Juana Rudzki, the founder and former event chair of Juana Good Time Regatta, via email, to learn more about this fun-minded multihull regatta.
Posted on 6 Sep 2023
Charlene Howard on the Round Iceland Challenge
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Charlene Howard about the RWYC's 2023 Round Iceland Challenge Sail-World checked in with Charlene Howard, via email, to learn more about her high-latitude adventures in the Royal Western Yacht Club of England's 2023 Round Iceland Challenge.
Posted on 4 Sep 2023
Erden Eruç on the 2026 Golden Globe Race
by David Schmidt
A Q&A with Erden Eruç on entering the 2026 Golden Globe Race I checked in with Erden Eruç, a 18-time Guinness Book of World Records holder and high-level ocean rower (and my friend), via email, to learn more about his plans to compete in the 2026 Golden Globe Race.
Posted on 30 Aug 2023
Global Solo Challenge and Ocean Globe Race news
by David Schmidt
David Schmidt looks at racing news relevant to North America This weekend's start of the Global Solo Challenge ensures that long-distance, offshore sailing adventures, at least of the armchair-viewing variety, are back on the menu for the first time since The Ocean Race concluded in July.
Posted on 29 Aug 2023
2023 Hobie 16 North American Championships Intervi
by David Schmidt
We talk with Tom Sinnickson about the 2023 Hobie 16 North American Championships Sail-World checked in with Tom Sinnickson, who serves as the regatta chair for the 2023 Hobie 16 North American Championships, via email, ahead of this exciting championship-level multihull regatta.
Posted on 17 Aug 2023
Racing news for North America this week
by David Schmidt
Sailing World Championships, AC40s, J/111 Worlds, Hinman Masters Trophy news So long as the America's Cup stays out of the New York Superior Court, odds are reasonable that there's buoyancy to be found in stories from the world's racecourses.
Posted on 15 Aug 2023
2023 2023 Plymouth Fastnet 500 Interview
by David Schmidt
We talk with Adrian Gray about the RWYC's 2023 Plymouth Fastnet 500 Sail-World checked in with Adrian Gray, Rear Commodore Oceanic of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England, via email, to learn more about this exciting offshore event.
Posted on 9 Aug 2023
2023 Gulf Coast Sportboat Championship Interview
by David Schmidt
We talk with Clinton Edwards about the 2023 Gulf Coast Sportboat Championship Sail-World checked in with Clinton Edwards, principal race officer (PRO) for the 2023 Gulf Coast Sportboat Championship, to learn more about this exciting go-fast regatta.
Posted on 8 Aug 2023
2023 Lightning North American Championship Intervi
by David Schmidt
We talk with Allan Terhune Sr. about the 2023 Lightning North Americans Sail-World checked in with Allan Terhune Sr., regatta chairman for the 2023 Lightning North American Championship, to learn more about this exciting One Design championship.
Posted on 3 Aug 2023
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