Sailing World Summer 2020

Sailing World connects the community of racing sailors through words, images and shared experiences. Across many mediums, it explores the sailor’s passion and showcases the lifestyle, destinations and technology. It links knowledge-hungry participants to the sport’s top experts, providing unrivaled instructional content.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
4 期號


5 分鐘
tacking on the shift

Racing is canceled. For everyone. Everywhere. Every day. For the foreseeable future. Except online. This is the new reality spreading across the sport as fast as the COVID-19 virus spreads its devastation around the globe. Shelter-in-place replaces “see you tomorrow.” Physicaland social distancing replaces “see you at the boat.” Sailors, both you and I, hunker down, protecting ourselves and others we don’t know, waiting for “it” to pass as we pass the time with epoxy and gelcoat projects, splicing and boatwork, and exercising to stay fit. We use our free time to prepare for the season to come, when—and if—it ever does. We turn to Virtual Regatta for our tactical fix, to keep our mental skills sharp, to pretend we’re really racing. But gaming gets old, for me at least, because…

10 分鐘
the dominant duo

It’s Pete and Blair. Journalists say Burling and Tuke, respectively, but because they are so intricately attached to each other, it’s appropriate to associate the two as practically twins. Every boat on which they sail together, they move in synchronization. Even the most trained eye finds it impossible to find flaws. At the 2020 49er World Championship in February in Geelong, Australia, the pair won an unprecedented sixth world title in the class. No one in the crowd even blinked. Their emotions, despite having also won the 2019 world championship three months before in their native New Zealand turf, were surprisingly high as they pulled their skiff up the seaweed-covered ramp in a cool drizzle after the medal race. It never gets old for these two. “I’m pretty stoked to win this…

4 分鐘
fleet of dreams

Successive hurricanes and floods pummeled coastal Texas in the early 2000s, dealing a crippling blow to the many one-design fleets long rooted in the region. Recovery was slow, and while it took the better part of two decades for dinghy and keelboat fleets to flourish once again, youth sailing, particularly at Lakewood, needed more young sailors among its ranks. Ten years of building a strong youth program led them to ask the very same question posed in yacht clubs across the nation: How do they get those same young sailors back and active? “From a membership perspective, the level of growth wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” says Lakewood’s past commodore Ash Walker. Younger members, who are building careers and families, want team and match racing as well as social activity,…

7 分鐘
craft of contentment

For more than 30 years, the Snipe—a hard-chine 15-footer almost a century old—has been my teacher. I first stepped into one as a newbie 20-something, as a crew for the most demanding skipper I’ve ever sailed with. That unlikely “blind date” led to countless friendships, fitness, failures and, of course, fun. Snipe sailing takes me all over the country and around the world—and brings me right back home to Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, where Kim Couranz and I won the Snipe Women’s Worlds in 2018. I’ve rigged boats in a shivery, rain-soaked Danish boat park; surfed ocean waves in Japan, where swells seemed to swallow boats and rigs whole. I’ve drifted around a Massachusetts lake so small that I could overhear an international sailor wonder aloud where the races would be…

6 分鐘
pensacola rising

Potential. So much potential. That’s what Tom Pace, the ponytailed vice commodore of Florida’s Pensacola YC sees as he scans the club’s vast 22 acres. The sun-parched front lawn stretches as far as the eye can see, dissected by a long driveway lined with tall, weathered and moss-covered trees. The estate-style property at the entrance of Bayou Chico Inlet dwarfs the diminutive white clubhouse with blue awnings. The converted house itself was built in the early 1900s, right about the time when the Pensacola Yacht and Motor Boat Club was formed on paper. Back when, according to club history, 75 charter members voted to pay $6 in annual dues. “It’s a bunch,” Pace says of the club’s property where his family roots run deep. “We have 5 acres of pure green space,…

4 分鐘
warping space-time

Pop quiz: Which technology did not exist in sailboat racing 10 years ago but will be decisive in the 36th America’s Cup? No, it’s not foiling. Sailboats have been “flying” for more than two decades. It’s the human-in-the-loop simulator. It didn’t exist a decade ago, and now it’s central to the design and development of America’s Cup boats. Simulation is a technology whose time has come—thanks to the increase in speed and the decrease in price of computing power—but it got a big nudge from the rules of the 36th Cup, which banned all the traditional means of design evaluation and optimization. For the first time, the protocol banned full-scale testing with two boats, but also tow-tank and wind-tunnel testing as well. The new rules ensured that the technical battlefield for this…