A little over a week into the 2012-13 Vendée Globe, with the doldrums still ahead of much of the fleet, and already the field of 20 has been reduced by four, with a fifth looking to be in serious trouble.
The past year has been a good one for small boats and daysailers, but even in a crowded field, the Tartan Fantail stands out as something special—a boat that is elegant, practical and, best of all, a whole lot of fun.
With the increased emphasis on “extreme” racing featuring carbon-fiber cats, gigantic ocean-going multihulls and turbocharged skiffs, many might consider the idea of an inshore displacement monohull pro circuit to be a nonstarter.
For the first time since 2002, the Volvo Ocean Race will include a boat with an all-female crew. Sponsored by the Swedish forestry company SCA, the all-female effort was both the first to sign up for the event and the first to confirm an order for one of the new 65-foot one-designs that will be used in the 2014-15 edition of the race.
Australia’s Whitsunday Islands, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef just off the Queensland coast, are one of those “bucket list” destinations, known far and wide for great snorkeling, great sailing and some of the best beaches in the world.
If the recent Annapolis Boat Show were to have a theme song it would have to be Dylan’s “Times they are a Changing”—and not just because of the weather, which went from semi-tropical to polar in the space of only a few hours Saturday afternoon.