Francois Gabart: Superman

The handsome, mild mannered Frenchman, did the impossible when he knocked six days off the solo round the world record  (published March 2018) Imagine yourself on board a massive 100-foot trimaran. You are alone, sailing through the Southern Ocean in an attempt to break the single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation record. It’s

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Modern Sailing Handling Systems

Technical and design developments have created sail handling systems that make sailing safer, easier and more fun  (published April 2017) In the last few decades, sail handling has come a long way and it has changed not only how people sail, but how long they can continue to keep sailing.

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Before the Wind

There are a number of options for comfortably running downwind  (published March 2017) There is nothing quite so awesome as a warm breeze at your back, your biggest spinnaker pulling strong and the horizon ahead in a wide arc like outstretched arms just waiting for you. That’s the way it

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Downwind Sails

There is nothing quite so awesome as a warm breeze at your back, your biggest spinnaker pulling strong and the horizon ahead in a wide arc like outstretched arms just waiting for you  (published October 2016) That’s the way it is for many cruisers, but for others it’s the engine

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Transat Bakerly

[caption id="attachment_9856" align="alignleft" width="499"] NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Francois Gabart on board his MACIF ‘Ultim’ 105ft trimaran, shown here celebrating after winning the 'Transat Bakerley' solo transatlantic yacht race. The yachtsman set a new world record for the solo transatlantic crossing in 8 days, 8 hours 54 minutes

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Solo Across the Atlantic

The Transat Race is the classic singlehanded offshore event that started it all  (published June/July 2016) It began as a bet and over the course of almost five decades has grown to become the granddaddy of all offshore ocean races. I am talking about the OSTAR, or as it is

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Sail Fabrics part two

As yacht design and engineering becomes more refined with the use of exotic materials in the hull and rig, sometimes disguised to look traditional such as a carbon mast covered with a wood veneer, sailmakers are also getting in on the game building high tech sails for cruising boats  (published

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Choosing the Right Fabric For Your Sails: part one

For many years the only choice sailors had for fabric and engineering for their sails was cross-cut Dacron sails and for many years cross-cut Dacron sails suited them just fine. They were durable, aesthetically pleasing and not too costly, all good attributes in a sail. Things, however, have changed and

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Mini Transat

The Mini-Transat is one of the toughest sailing events ever conceived yet despite its brutality it continues to attract record breaking fleets and some of the world's best sailors  (published February 2016) Picture this; you are in a tiny boat, as in just over 21 feet tiny, it’s light, fast,

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Choosing the Right Sails: Mainsails

There is a plethora of choices when it comes to sails for offshore passagemaking but as always there is the struggle between how many sails to carry on board and where to store them. Fortunately one sail never needs to be stored and that's your mainsail  (published November 2015)  

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