With the 34th America’s Cup now concluded, sailors with the need for speed can be expected to go into depression. As a partial antidote we offer a series of videos available online. OK, not the real thing, but certainly better than watching Sunday football.
- Ultimate freaks will cotton to the Vestes Sail Rocket. Paul Larsen and crew have been chasing this holy grail for years. Watch this video to witness an unbelievable record.
- Hydroptere at 51 knots: Watch here
- Banque Populaire: here
- Our favorite monomaran, the 78-foot ketch Beowulf, is shown strutting her stuff in this video crossing the South Pacific, with just Linda and Steve aboard as crew.
- If this short caught your fancy, a much longer compilation is here.
- There is a huge amount of video on the 34thh AC. This is a recap of the racing:
- Here is a fascinating look at the technical details of the most modern of sailing vehicles, C-Class catamarans. If you wonder how they do it on the stunning AC 72s, some secrets will be found here.
- Transatlantic in Speedboat – amazing monohull transatlantic!
- Windsurfing world champion Jason Polakow has been on a search for the biggest, most gnarly waves until he found JAWS – which has shaped his life and become his sole obsession for the past 20 years. Watch here.
- Volvo Ocean Race-Spanish Castle to White Night 2hrs35 minutes, 2008-09: Open 70s
- Volvo ocean race – first 40 years
We admit to being speed freaks. Fast is fun, typically more comfortable, and in the right boat, is safer offshore.
The photo above was taken during the Yachting One of a Kind Regatta in April 1974, Newport Beach, California, during which, we re-learned some difficult but nonetheless important life lessons. For a detailed account of that experience, see the accompanying article which appeared in Sports Illustrated.