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The AC72 Catamaran

The 72 foot long catamarans that will be competing for the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013 are both breathtakingly beautiful and slightly terrifying.  Powered by a towering wing sail and well capable of sailing at the twice the speed of the … Continue reading

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Sailing for Couch Potatoes – America’s Cup World Series Finale on NBC

Back in the old days, the America’s Cup was sailed in 12 Meter yachts in the often misty light air of Rhode Island Sound.  It was a competition more suited to still photography than video.  How times have changed.  Now elimination matches are being sailed in … Continue reading

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Are Foils the Future of Fast Sailing? Oracle’s AC45 Goes Flying & l’Hydroptère DCNS Readies for Pacific Challenge

When I was coming of age, many thought that the future of speed on the water would be in motor-powered hydrofoils.  While there are still a few hydrofoil ferries in operation, the idea really never caught on.  Now, however, hydrofoils have appeared … Continue reading

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A New Brigantine for San Francisco?

Alan Olson, a Sausalito boat builder and founder of the educational sailing nonprofit Call of the Sea,  has some ambitious plans.  He wants to build a new 140-foot wood long brigantine to be used as a sail training ship for … Continue reading

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Not Your Father’s America’s Cup – Plymouth Capsize Club

The old days before Facebook or even the internet, the America’s Cup races were sailed on stately 12 meters in the light air of summer off Newport, Rhode Island. The most exciting thing I ever saw a twelve meter do … Continue reading

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America’s Cup Test Sessions: a Brave New World

I remember when America’s Cup racing was fairly tame –  beautiful 12M yachts gliding in light air in the waters of Rhode Island Sound.   Times have indeed changed.  The new AC45 wing-sailed catamarans recently underwent two weeks of testing in Auckland, New Zealand. … Continue reading

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America’s Cup in Cats!

As reported in Sail Magazine, the next America’s Cup will be sailed in 2013 in 72′ catamarans with wing sails. America’s Cup in Cats! According to officials, the new AC72 class will regularly attain speeds of 30 knots, “excite fans” as they … Continue reading

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