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Sailing around the world: A brief history

By Joe Cooper

Most of us probably get a variety of sailing info in our mailboxes on a daily, if not hourly, basis, from the America’s Cup on down the celebrity chain. Some of us get info on the Vendée Globe. Fewer, in the U.S., would know that at Christmas, Frenchman Thomas Colville blitzed the solo circumnavigation record by eight and a half days, finishing his solo circumnavigation aboard a 102-foot trimaran in 49 days.

And as I write, (30 Dec), Francis Joyon and five of his mates are blasting across the southern Indian Ocean on their 102-foot trimaran, having a crack at the outright record of some 45 and a half days set in 2012. So at one point a couple of weeks ago there were the remaining, at the time, 25 (of 29 starters) or so Vendée boats, Colville and Joyon all in various parts of the Atlantic and Southern oceans and half a dozen of them travelling at speeds approaching those of the AC cats, viz. 30 knots.

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Sailing – A different kind of tough

By Joe Cooper

Rich WilsonFall appears to finally be upon us. As I write, the temperature is not in the 80s, the sky is overcast and the trees are shedding their leaves, finally. I am still buzzing after sailing the foiling cats at the Red Bull Foiling Generation ‘go for a sail’ event last Monday. That was a great way to blast out of this season. But what’s next? What are we all doing for the next three months or so until we can start thinking about 2017 sailing?

A professional educator, a sailor and an adventurer, Rich Wilson founded sitesALIVE! In 1990 to engage students in science, geography, math and history by connecting them to live, real world adventures. © B. Gergaud/courtesy of sitesalive.com
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Seeing Red…well, Magenta anyway

By Joe Cooper

Magenta ProjectRegular loiterers in this corner will be aware of my interest in the idea that sailing teaches much more than merely sailing. In the case of a number of young women of my acquaintance, sailing, or more accurately being around all the things that sailing requires, builds confidence.

 

Team Magenta 32 (shown here at the World Match Racing Tour Newport) enjoyed a successful season in the M32 Series.   © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
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The Finn dinghy: THE Olympic singlehander

By Joe Cooper

Finn SailingMy adopted mother (I adopted her, and her husband, Tony James) posted a Facebook picture a few days ago. It was of the Australian Sailing Team for the 1972 Kiel Olympics including amongst other notables, her husband Tony. It brought back some serious memories.

Success in the Finn, exemplified by US Sailing Team Sperry athlete Caleb Paine, who represented the USA in the Rio Olympics and won a bronze medal, demands considerable strength and stamina.   © US Sailing Team Sperry/Will Ricketson
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Diary of a Weekend

By Joe Cooper

Congratulations on their remarkable success in the Newport Bermuda Race to the High Noon crew from American Yacht Club’s Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team. There, I said it. By now I reckon every else has said it, but I could not let the chance pass. Good going, ladies and gentlemen.

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Young Sailors: Fueling the Passion

By Joe Cooper

Young Sailors When I started coaching the high school sailing team at The Prout School in Wakefield, Rhode Island seven years ago, I was astounded to learn the sailing season stopped at the end of May. Just when the kids were getting comfortable in the boats, camaraderie was building and I was remembering who was who, it all stopped.

Julia Hopkins, a former member of The Prout School Sailing Team, checks out the wing mast on the 40-meter mega trimaran Spindrift Racing.   © Joe Cooper Sailing
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The Water Rat is Right

By Joe Cooper

Joe CooperOne of the discussion threads I follow in the saltosphere is specifically about kids and sailing. This thread has a variety of aspects: Growing the sport of sailing, bringing existing young sailors into sailing for life, developing skills so they can be viable crew on big boats, and looking at ways to diminish the post-college sailor flameout are but a few.

New England Science & Sailing in Stonington, CT offers a variety of programs with a focus on having fun on the water, as the smiles on these young sailors faces attest.   © Caroline Pierce/nessf.org
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Transit Transat

By Joe Cooper

Transat BakerlyProbably the last thing New Yorkers think about as they wend their way to and from work is the idea that they live on islands. The mainlanders, those inhabitants of The Bronx, have as a consolation prize the City Island waterfront. Despite being surrounded by water, access to the rivers and the harbor has been for years pretty difficult for New Yorkers. This is changing with small but for the most part rustic outlets with access for kayaks, sketchy docks to get to boats on moorings or very bouncy slips on the wildly unprotected Hudson River. In the past couple of years, Brooklyn has been involved in the development of a very pleasant gateway to water access on the East River.

French solo sailor Lalou Roucayrol’s Multi50 Arkema is among the Transat bakerly participants arriving in Brooklyn, NY this month.   © Vincent Olivaud
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Zen and the Art of Sailing

By Joe Cooper

Joe Cooper Zen of SailingLet’s have a show of hands! Who has taken formal sailing lessons? You know, signed up for sailing camp or school and/or spent a week (24 hours) and learned ‘how to sail’?

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Sail(ing) to Bermuda

By Joe Cooper

If you are sailing in the Newport Bermuda Race this year, even as crew, there is a lot going on. A very important part of all the activity is figuring out the sails. There are three required sails and an assumed fourth one, the mainsail.

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