Better, the passing of the great French sailor was marked at the opening of Les Voiles de St. Barth by a moment of applause. Led by his own legendness, Loïck Peyron. A long moment of applause. ‘Nuff said.more
The G4 Gunboat — the first full-galley foiling cat — was already a talking point in St. Barth before it beat its tender over from St. Maarten on Friday afternoon, and before a traveling cruiser dropped anchor too close on Saturday morning, dragged across the G4’s anchor rode, scooped it, rode up on it, wound up bow-to between the hulls, with the rode wrapped around the cruiser’s prop andmore
Somewhere, out there in the woods, is the America’s Cup.
And then there’s the running of the bulls . . .
The next generation in cruiser-racer multihulls is not the boat in the picture, but . . .more
Since 1967, the San Francisco Cup has been the annual rivalry match-up between The San Francisco Yacht Club (founded 1869) and the outfit that spun off from it, St. Francis Yacht Club (founded 1927).
They live across the San Francisco River from each other . . .more
Southern California’s hard-working fleet of Catalina 37s — maintained and matched for the Congressional Cup first of all — serve other regattas too. When the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Yacht Club and California Maritime teamed up in 2008 to create the Harbor Cup, that was the logical go-to fleet. And it serves well.
Now who can crack Cal Maritime’s run?more
Cyclone Pam has left a trail of destruction across the 65 islands of Vanuatu, dealing damage also in Kiribati and the Solomons.more
Right about now would be the perfect time for the National Sailing Hall of Fame to honor Paralympic gold medalist Nick Scandone.
I have every confidence it will happen one year or another. What puts the bang in the now is the way in which sailing was dropped from the lineup of events for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo — and the push to get sailing reinstated. The chorus is strong and the ranks are broad, but there remains a lot of convincing ahead if we’re going to turn the International Paralympic Committee around on this one.
It’s such a common phrase, such a common feeling, that we take it for granted. The romance of the sea. Even those who dwell far from the sea are not immune to it. Red sails in the sunset. The very notion of sailing away to paradise. Those who heed the call, those who love the sea and sailing, will not find it strange that a sailor would choose Valentine’s Day to write a love letter to the sport.more