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

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

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

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

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

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