The newest round of names now added to the National Sailing Hall of Fame cover a range from Nathaniel Bowditch, who gave the world a new standard of navigation, to Carl Eichenlaub, who gave the world a lesson, and another and another, in how to live and give. As a mechanic, this man kept one after another US Olympic team’s boats working, and he didn’t hesitate to help out the competition, either. Because Carl loved winning, but more than that he loved the game and the people who play it.more
The announcement that the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, will withdraw from further participation shook things up and unloosed an avalanche of negative press.
The counter-push is now under way, and it is being led by other challenging teams. Then, reading between the lines . . .more
There’s a movie I’ve seen too many times.
Scripts vary, but in movie-talk, the “arc of the story” is the same.
First, there is an America’s Cup match that is riveting, thrilling, inspiring and enthralling to a huge audience. It can’t get any better than this, you think. The sequel will be just as good, meaning great.
Then everything goes to hell.more
The Challenger of Record, Australia, pulls out of America’s Cup 35.
And that means . . .more
Forty years ago, necessity being the mother of invention, and with necessity calling, the one-design Manta landsailer was born.
Today they’re “everywhere.”more
Stuart Alexander, writing in The Independent, recounts a weekend meeting in Los Angeles in which the six challengers for America’s Cup 35 laid down a number of peeves.
The lack of an announced venue.
The lack of San Francisco.
The plan to split the venue, possibly between hemispheres.
The lack of an announced PRO.more
What’s the fastest-growing segment in sailing? Women.
And why shouldn’t match racing get a piece of that?more
Chicago is dropped from consideration as a venue for America’s Cup 35. And the contenders are—more
Even the best of American pro sailors struggle to find backing. And then —more
Does your event, or club, need something handier than a web site?more