Sailing

Return of the Wizard

Return of the Wizard

Bill Lee and Merlin return to race the Transpac By Paul Allen Photos courtesy Bill Lee The record setting “Merlin.” The cold 57 degree water sprays over the bow as the eight man crew stacks 13 heavy sails on one side for stability. Not long after the stack...
Vendée Globe: “Everest of Endurance Sport on the Seas”

Vendée Globe: “Everest of Endurance Sport on the Seas”

Elite sailing race sends competitors around the world … nonstop and alone By Martha Blanchfield British skipper Alex Thomson during training for the Vendée Globe 2016. Photo: Cleo Barnham / Hugo Boss • Vendée Globe Images. The concept of the Vendée Globe is...
Big Boats & Big Wind

Big Boats & Big Wind

Rolex Big Boat Series delivers Words and photos by Martha Blanchfield It’s a colorful run toward the San Francisco city front. The annual seven race Rolex Big Boat Series was held in San Francisco September 15-18 this year. Contrasted to last year, where final day...
ASJ Announces New Sailing Editor

ASJ Announces New Sailing Editor

California-based racer/reporter Martha Blanchfield is welcomed aboard ASJ is pleased to announce that local racer/reporter and California native Martha Blanchfield has been appointed to head up coverage on all things sailing. A photographer plus writer, her commentary...
Our Big Blue Backyard

Our Big Blue Backyard

Racing the Spinnaker Cup from San Francisco to Monterey By Paul Allen Orion competing in the ROLEX Big Boats Series 2014 in San Francisco. A crew of seven to eight is required to manage the vessel (Renegade Sailing/Martha Blanchfield). The sound of the wind fills my...
Hobie Cats

Hobie Cats

The thrill of small catamaran sailing By Chris Barrett • Photos by Deborah Swanson www.Studio101West.com There’s nothing like being on a racing catamaran and flying a hull while out on the trapeze wire. With your body suspended by the eighth inch diameter wire just a...
Taking it Sky High

Taking it Sky High

Pushing the boundaries of kite surfing with Erika Heineken By Michelle Slade African Championships, Soma Bay in Egypt, 2013. Photo: Michael Petrikov Kiteboarder Erika Heineken, from Larkspur, Calif., now has two consecutive world championships under her belt, and in...
Learning the Ropes

Learning the Ropes

A ten-day “final exam” in the British Virgin Islands Story and photos by Kathleen Seccombe Graduating from UC Santa Cruz in spring 2011 wrapped up 17 years of education and left me with a yearning to do something “hands-on,” maybe a back to nature experience. To be...
It’s Not Sailing, It’s Flying

It’s Not Sailing, It’s Flying

A windsurfing convert gets his first lessons in kiteboarding Story and photos by Craig Dostie kiteboarding If windsurfing is like sailing, then kiteboarding is like flying. Who can say they’ve never shared the dreams of Iccarus? To be sure, it isn’t really flying, but...
The Bay and Anywhere the Wind Blows

The Bay and Anywhere the Wind Blows

OCSC Founder Anthony Sandberg has been teaching people to sail — and set sail — for 31 years By Pete Gauvin  •  Photos by Martin Sundberg Sailing on San Francisco Bay is one of the iconic adventures of Northern California, combining a maritime wilderness amid a...
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