Come Chat With America's Cup-Winning Skipper Jimmy Spithill

We're joined in the office by Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, who led a historic comeback from seven races down to win the America's Cup. He'll be in the comments below, so ask him anything about boats, boating, being an Australian representing a "Team USA" and other boat-related questions. » 10/02/13 1:00pm 10/02/13 1:00pm

Sad Kiwis Are Sad After America Boated Past New Zealand Boats

This is what it looks like when your hobbit-proportioned island nation — which on its best days is still little more than a sheep-infested birthmark on Earth's backside — coughs up the mother of all leads and lets the U ! S ! A ! roar from behind to claim America's Cup, and wouldn't you know it, on New Zealand's… » 9/25/13 9:25pm 9/25/13 9:25pm

America* Wins At Boats

Oracle Team USA, which counts more New Zealanders than Americans among its crew, just beat Emirates Team New Zealand in the 19th and deciding Boat Race To End All Boat Races. » 9/25/13 5:17pm 9/25/13 5:17pm

What's The Deal With The America's Cup? An Explainer

Don't be ashamed if the America's Cup, just hours away from completion, is only now popping up on your radar. This has been the longest, strangest, most controversial edition in the event's 162-year history. Here are answers to your most pressing questions so you can watch the final race like a pro. » 9/25/13 2:33pm 9/25/13 2:33pm

Larry Ellison Is a Billionaire Sailboat Cheater

Oracle founder and island owner Larry Ellison had a vision for yacht racing: it would be a sport so insane and magnificent, only the kings who ruled other kings could afford to participate. But in his pursuit of perfection, The Wind God went too far—his America's Cup racing team just got penalized for cheating. » 9/04/13 2:23pm 9/04/13 2:23pm

Silicon Folly: How To Make an "Extreme" Sailboat Race Dull and Deadly

It was going to be the greatest outdoor sports spectacle in history: weird giant sailboats racing against each other in the grand natural amphitheater of the San Francisco Bay all summer long, with hundreds of thousands of happy spectators watching from the Bay's 400 miles of shoreline. At least that was the idea when… » 8/19/13 1:05pm 8/19/13 1:05pm

British Olympic Sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson Drowns In Yacht Accident

Andrew "Bart" Simpson died today while training with his sailing team, Sweden's Artemis Racing, when the catamaran capsized in the San Francisco Bay. He was trapped beneath the boat, and repeated attempts to revive the two-time Olympian in the water and onshore failed. Simpson was 36. » 5/09/13 8:38pm 5/09/13 8:38pm

America's Top Sailing Team Capsizes, Destroys Their $10 Million Boat

Oracle Team USA, America's premier sailing team and one that's bankrolled by billionaire Larry Ellison, is the odds-on favorite to win the America's Cup title next September, but the crew hit a little snag Tuesday when their souped-up, super-expensive AC72 boat capsized in San Francisco Bay during a practice run.… » 10/17/12 11:18pm 10/17/12 11:18pm

Michael Johnson Fell Off A Boat During An America's Cup Series Race

So we've written before about how the powers organizing the America's Cup have turned it into NASCAR at sea. (Our old pal Katie Baker wrote more about this on Friday.) » 8/27/12 3:40pm 8/27/12 3:40pm

Olympic Sailing Called Off For Lack Of Wind

Today was to have been the medal race in the 470 class and a consolation race in the Elliott 6m, but the weather in Weymouth was just too darn nice to waste a day sailing. After waiting more than six hours for the wind to pick up, and failing to sacrifice a goat to Aeolus, racing was called off for the day. Rowers… » 8/09/12 1:20pm 8/09/12 1:20pm

The USA Won't Win An Olympic Sailing Medal For The First Time Since 1936

Nate Silver wrote a couple weeks back that sailing was the most wide-open of all the Olympic sports. Because so much depends on guessing and timing wind shifts, any country could win a medal with luck. The best teams don't always win. » 8/08/12 6:25pm 8/08/12 6:25pm

NASCAR At Sea: How The America's Cup Evolved, And Why It's Good For The…

There's no more basketball or hockey on television this weekend. Football's weeks away. There's baseball, if that's your thing, but we're not even at the all-star break. So the weekend will be all about the global sports: soccer, various Olympic trials, and... sailing? Yes, the America's Cup World Series—a new event… » 6/29/12 6:35pm 6/29/12 6:35pm

Offshore Yacht Racing Can Get Really Goddamn Expensive

The Puma Mar Mostro had her mast snapped on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race (which, if you're unfamiliar with yacht racing, makes the America's Cup look like a Boy Scout portage), and the crew wound up on a barely inhabited southern island roughly equidistant from South Africa and South America. » 12/07/11 5:05pm 12/07/11 5:05pm

Hungover? Watching Brett Favre Dance To A Vanilla Ice Song Should Help

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 1/01/11 9:45am 1/01/11 9:45am

Abby Sunderland's Controversial Voyage Was For A Reality TV Show

Heard enough about Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old whose record attempt got a whole bunch of panties in a twist this past week? Too bad. Her family inked a deal for a doc and a reality show before she shoved off. » 6/14/10 2:15pm 6/14/10 2:15pm

Abby Sunderland Sails Into A Media Shitstorm

Sixteen-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland may not have circumnavigated the globe, but headlines of her ordeal certainly did. She's only the latest teenager to push herself to the limit while barely pushing puberty. And now her whole endeavor is being judged harshly by the self-appointed surrogate parents in the media. » 6/13/10 1:30pm 6/13/10 1:30pm

Last Night's Winner: Rich Guys

In sports, everyone is a winner—some people just win better than others. Like the under-appreciated billionaires who brought America's Cup back where it belongs: A snooty American yacht club. » 2/16/10 9:45am 2/16/10 9:45am

Badass Teenage Girl To Be Protected From Herself

A Dutch 14-year-old has been placed with child protection services to prevent her from sailing solo around the world. That, and not, say, being pregnant with a crack baby, neatly sums up the differences between our two countries. [AP] » 11/01/09 3:15pm 11/01/09 3:15pm

So What Were You Doing At Age 17?

Zac Sunderland is a 17-year-old California beach bum with shoulder-length locks and fears of conformity. So he's Jimmy Clausen, except he sailed around the world by himself. Winning in Touchdown Jesus' shadow? Try navigating away from pirates, dude. » 7/18/09 2:00pm 7/18/09 2:00pm