• San Diego YC Sailcast: Craig Leweck 14/12/2018
    Scuttlebutt’s Craig Leweck sat down with Sailcast host Alli Bell on December 6 to talk about a variety of topics in the sport of sailing including his experience sailing Snipes, a day in the life of Scuttlebutt Sailing News, and his outlook on some controversial topics in the industry. The Sailcast podcast series is produced [&hellip
  • Play the Shifts Downwind 14/12/2018
    by Allan Haeger, SailZing Playing the shifts downwind is one part of your downwind strategy, along with sailing in more breeze and sailing in clear air. Many sailors are less vigilant about shifts downwind, because there are fewer of them and they’re harder to detect. In this post, we’ll check your understanding about the impact [&hellip
  • Merging IMOCA with The Ocean Race 14/12/2018
    There was a celebration in Paris as the IMOCA world joined forces with The Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race) in looking ahead to the start of the next edition in October 2021. On December 11, the IMOCA General Assembly passed a newly written version of the Class Rule for fully crewed events, defining the [&hellip
  • World Sailing Rankings – December 2018 14/12/2018
    The World Sailing Rankings seek to establish an order of ability based on the results of certain events over a 24 month period. The rankings focus on the 10 Olympic events and Open and Women’s Match Racing. In match racing, Ian Williams (GBR) has moved up to the top of the Open rankings, followed by [&hellip
  • World On Water Global Sailing News – December 14, 2018 14/12/2018
    This week’s “World on Water” global sailing news show produced by In this week’s “WoW TV”: • Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge Race around Sydney Harbour. Proceeds go to saving lives at sea. • Australia’s SAILGP team talk and demonstrate safety. • INEOS Team UK is training with its “test-boat” and gaining new [&hellip
  • VIDEO: Couldn’t go much worse 13/12/2018
    This doesn’t end well (but we could watch it all day long)
  • American Magic flies south for winter 13/12/2018
    New York Yacht Club American Magic (USA), a Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, has selected the Port of Pensacola in Florida as the team’s winter training base for late 2018 and early 2019. Until warmer weather returns to the team’s primary training location in Newport, Rhode Island, over a hundred American Magic personnel will sail and support the Mule, […]
  • Do your boat buying homework 13/12/2018
    Scuttlebutt encourages commentary from our readers, and while we may not at that time be able to include them all in the publication, we hold on to some in hopes we can. This letter from Twig Burke, President of The Burke Insurance Agency, offers his thoughts on how to improve the boat buying experience: I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the guru of S […]
  • Still searching for that lost salt shaker 13/12/2018
    US Windsurfing, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to inspire windsurfing in the USA, shares this most excellent story of tradition. Every year in late October, the locals in Northern California get together for the Margarita Run, one of the country’s most unusual longboard races. Held in Foster City, it's a bit of a bar crawl set on a meandering […]
  • Drysuit vs. Survival Suit when offshore 13/12/2018
    by Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor Foul weather gear remains the primary means that sailors rely on to stay dry and warm, but our field testers are becoming more and more impressed by the advantages of dry suits—those stretchy, sealed, often breathable suits worn by surfers, kite boarders, and that twisted breed of winter sailors known [&hellip