SinC Newport Bermuda Race The 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of very few international distance races, and (with the Transpac Race) one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land. 

SinC TP52 Regatta F1 Sailing So, I’m at the TP52 Super Series Regatta in Mallorca. And everyone is saying, “This is the F1 of sailing.” But is it? I’m not sure. Well, it’s kind of like Formula One back in the 1950s. Back then, wealthy men bought racing cars and had their mates come along to help fettle with the cars in the pits.

SinC PHRF MidWest Logo The new logo for Mid-West PHRF is a circle with a picture of all the Great Lakes, excluding Lake Ontario. This appears to be a logical grouping. But the question is, can this vision ever be realized with PHRF being what it is?

SinC PHRF Sailing Opinion “Friends don’t let friends race PHRF," ... seen on a T-shirt at Youngstown Level Regatta c. 1989. Love it or hate it, we need PHRF. The reason is obvious - so many different boats out there that want to race against each other need to be handicapped so the competition is meaningful.

SinC Caribbean 600With just under a week before the start on Monday, the Caribbean 600 crew list includes 34 Canadians sailing on seven different boats including three boats racing under Canadian flag.

SinC Thomas Fogh Crew Positions Online coverage of sailing has advanced tremendously the past few years, so much so you feel like you are on the boat. This view has given some great footage on how the pros sail and the communication among them. Being so close to the action has provided us with a better understanding of how a team can work together, but more importantly, what role each crewmember plays.

With racing opening up after a while, perhaps it’s time to get back in gear with a re-visit to the rules.  And btw, the rules have been updated so perhaps what you remember is out of date anyhow!

Sail Canada RulebookAs the Rules Guy has been explaining, there are changes to the rules that are important to understand. 2021 brings the new Racing Rules of Sailing to take us through to 2024!

SinC Rules Guy Tacking Diagram In a recent protest, it became clear to me that there is confusion about the rules related to tacking. Tacking is not defined in the rule book, but there are a few rules that either discuss tacking, or relate to what we commonly call “tacking”. 

SinC Alberti Shortened Course Diagram In the last article I discussed how to finish. Things get a little more confusing if there is a shortened course. I am going to illustrate some of the scenarios. The definition of finish says, “A boat finishes when after starting, any part of her hull crosses the finishing line from the course side.” 



The European portion of SailGP Season 4 got underway this weekend in Saint-Tropez, France. Having hit record breaking speeds last year on the Côte d’Azur, Phil Robertson and the Canadians were looking forward to this weekend of racing, but things did not turn out as hoped. A penalty in the pre-start of race one was a precursor of what was to come, and it proved difficult for the team to recover.

A collision with Spain early on in race one set the team back and translated into eight penalty points for the event and an additional four penalty points for the season.