13 February 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport Reading Time:  10 minutes

Trimaran L'Hydroptère in Long Beach © Thomas Lesage/cc-by-sa-3.0

Trimaran L’Hydroptère in Long Beach © Thomas Lesage/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sailing comprises wind propulsion of a craft by means of sails or other airfoils and steering it over water, ice or land, depending on the type of craft. A sailor manages the force of the wind on the sails by adjusting their angle with respect to the moving sailing craft and sometimes by adjusting the sail area. The force transmitted from the sails is resisted by forces from the hull, keel, and rudder of a sailing craft, by forces from skate runners for an iceboat, and by forces from wheels for a land sailing craft to allow steering a course on a point of sail with respect to the true wind. While there are still some places in the world where sail-powered passenger, fishing and trading vessels are used, these craft have become rarer as internal combustion engines have become economically viable in even the poorest and most remote areas. In most countries sailing is enjoyed as a recreational activity or as a sport. Recreational sailing or yachting can be divided into racing and cruising. Cruising can include extended offshore and ocean-crossing trips, coastal sailing within sight of land, and daysailing.   read more…

Sailors for the Sea

30 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Environment, Sport Reading Time:  8 minutes



Marine life and vital coastal habitats are straining under the increasing pressure of global use. The ocean, which was once considered inexhaustible and resilient, is, in fact, finite and fragile. Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect oceans and local waters. The boating community has a profound passion for – and understanding of – the world’s seas and Sailors for the Sea was founded to galvanize the sailing and boating community around ocean health issues.   read more…

The non-stop race Vendée Globe

8 February 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Sport, Events Reading Time:  5 minutes

Vendee Globe Race Route © NASA

Vendee Globe Race Route © NASA

The Vendée Globe is a round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance. The race was founded by Philippe Jeantot in 1989, and since 1992 has taken place every four years. The 2012-2013 edition started Saturday, November 10, 2012.   read more…

The Tall Ships’ Races

20 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Tall ships, Sport Reading Time:  6 minutes

Tall ship Christian Radich © Ulflarsen

Tall ship Christian Radich © Ulflarsen

The Tall Ships’ Races are races for sail trainingtall ships” (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a “cruise in company” between the legs. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people.   read more…

America’s Cup

21 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport Reading Time:  7 minutes

German Sailing Grand Prix 2006 - Team Shosholoza, United Internet Team Germany, BMW Oracle Racing © VollwertBIT

German Sailing Grand Prix 2006 – Team Shosholoza, United Internet Team Germany, BMW Oracle Racing © VollwertBIT

The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club who is the current holder of the America’s Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club which is challenging for the cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport.   read more…

Sailing boats for beginners – advantages of smaller boats

19 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport Reading Time:  4 minutes

Skippi 750 ©

Skippi 750 ©

You are not yet a seasoned sailor but want to experience the joys of sailing on your very own boat together with your family or friends? If you are looking to start your sailing career, small sailing boats are perfect for you. Ideally suited for sailing beginners’ needs, they offer a number of advantages compared to their larger counterparts.   read more…

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