Tag: sailing

  • Volvo Ocean Race starts today!

    A round-the-world yacht race, held only once every three years, begins today! Skippers and crew on the handful of elite teams entered in the Volvo Ocean Race will spend the next nine months traveling nearly 40,000 nautical miles. All teams will race in Volvo Open 70s, making for a level playing field and awesome speed. […]

  • Crossing the Line

    Once upon a time, whenever a ship crossed the Equator, old salty sailors would perform a ritual “test” of their less-seasoned shipmates to ensure that the new crew would be capable of surviving the long and difficult days ahead. These days, on board Navy vessels and sailboats across the globe, the same tradition has evolved […]

  • Sailors for the sea

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDpPun4_53M&[/youtube] I ran across this neat organization on facebook called Sailors for the sea. ¬†They promote sustainability and ocean education in the sailing world. Their site has a nice list of tips about Clean Boating and a carbon calculator and information about offsetting carbon emissions. Speaking of sailers as ocean advocates, a group of sailors […]

  • World’s longest yacht race starts in T-minus 7 days

    At the starting gun on July 31st, 10 clippers will set sail from Southampton, UK, on a 40,000-mile circumnavigation. The Clipper Round the World race is not only the longest yacht race, but also the only to provide identical stripped-down, 68-foot boats to each team, ensuring that budget or vessel gives no one an unfair […]

  • Photos from a rarely seen paradise

    In the wake of John Bruno’s report from the Galapagos, I bring you happier news from the Equatorial Pacific, nearly five thousand miles farther west: there are still wildernesses on Earth. I was lucky enough to spend May and June in the engine room of a sailboat heading south from Honolulu, as crew with the […]