Sailing Records

Tragedy, and an Attempt at Rowing Triumph on the Pacific

Angela Madsen, a 60-year-old paraplegic who was attempting to become the oldest woman to row alone from California to Hawaii, was found dead floating next to her boat approximately 1,000 miles from Hawaii, according to the New York Post.
Macif trimaran hauling ass

François Gabart and MACIF Part Ways

One of the most prolific sponsorships in all of sailing has come to an abrupt end. French insurance company MACIF has withdrawn from racing maxi-trimarans, cutting loose their skipper, François Gabart.
skirting the genoa

The Cult of the Cal 40

It’s the original longboard, a Southern California surfing machine that is capable of sustained 15-knot downwind speeds.
The End of Chubby Girl

New Girl on the Block

Wilbur Spaul achieved a significant milestone in his bid to sail the smallest boat to Hawaii: In February, he chainsawed the 8-ft Chubby Girl into pieces and tossed them into a dumpster.

Randall Reeves’ Figure 8 Voyage Book(s)

We asked Randall Reeves if he was going to write a book about the Figure 8 Voyage — or voyages. Reeves had been writing a blog since long before he departed on his singlehanded, round-the-bottom- and-top-of-the-world-in-one-season trips.
Green hull

New Girl on the Block

Wilbur Spaul achieved a significant milestone in his bid to sail the smallest boat to Hawaii: In February, he chainsawed the 8-ft Chubby Girl into pieces and tossed them into a dumpster.

Lia Ditton Just Keeps Rowing

Way back in November, sailor-turned-ocean-rower Lia Ditton wrote about her 24-day, 700-nautical-mile row from Oregon to California right here on ‘Lectronic Latitude. Once Bay Area-based, Ditton has been training for more than three years to row from Japan to San Francisco — a distance of 5,500 nautical miles. More »

Joyon Smashes Tea Route Record

After 31 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds of sailing, Francis Joyon and his crew set a new record for the Tea Route between Hong Kong and London this morning.
Bow shot at sunset

IDEC Sport Lags Then Catches Up

"With the South Atlantic like that, we would never have smashed the Jules Verne Trophy record," explains Francis Joyon, reflecting on what has been a slow and difficult ascension of the Atlantic Ocean.