The sailing events at the 2016 Rio Olympics are currently scheduled to take place in Guanabara Bay, which is full of shit. A German sailor has already been hospitalized after he reportedly contracted MRSA in a training event last August, and experts say “three teaspoons” of the bay’s water will be enough to give 99…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
Larry Ellison ruined the America's Cup, and the city of San Francisco, and the whole sport of sailing, reports The New York Times.
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.
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.…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]