Unveiling the Most-Read Sailing Stories of 2023

As the sun sets on the maritime tales of 2023, we invite you to set sail on a literary voyage through the year’s most captivating sailing stories. From daring adventures on the high seas to the unveiling of cutting-edge vessels, 2023 has been a year brimming with nautical wonders and extraordinary characters.

In our collection, we’ve gathered the crests and troughs of the past 12 months, encapsulating the spirit of the sea and the thrill of exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a landlubber with a penchant for maritime narratives, our selection promises to transport you to distant horizons and immerse you in the exhilarating world of sailing.

Join us as we navigate through these compelling narratives, each article a testament to the passion and innovation that defines the sailing community. Discover the breathtaking accounts of intrepid voyages, the unveiling of state-of-the-art vessels, and the encounters with remarkable individuals who have left an indelible mark on the seascape.

Embark on this literary odyssey with us, and let the waves of inspiration carry you through the highs and lows of a year filled with remarkable journeys, new beginnings, and the enduring allure of the open water. Here are the most-read articles on Sail Universe in 2023 for you!

15 Best Sailing Movies You Can’t Miss

sailing movies

A true sailing enthusiast suffers when forced to stay at home… So here we are to help you, presenting our selection of the best sailing movies that a sailor absolutely cannot miss. We discussed, because the world of cinema and TV (just think of Netflix) give us an almost infinite catalogue. We finally succeeded and we are happy to present you our favorite sailing movies. Which is your favorite? Read the article!

15 famous sailors of all time


Who’s the best? This is perhaps the most difficult question to answer, especially when we talk about sailing. Too many technology differences, too different boats… So we propose 15 famous sailors: we chose those that for us are the greatest sailors of the modern age. French, English, Italian … They share the challenge to the oceans. Read the article!

Kirsten Neuschäfer Makes history as the First Woman to Win the Golden Globe Race

Kirsten Neuschäfer
Courtesy Golden Globe Race

By crossing the finish line of the ancestor of the Vendée Globe in Les Sables d’Olonne this Thursday at 21:43:47 CET, the South African sailor Kirsten Neuschäfer has achieved one of the greatest accomplishments in ocean racing. Winner of the Golden Globe race, without assistance or technology, after 235 days, 5 hours, 44 minutes and 4 seconds of racing (final time will be determined after the calculation of penalties for using fuel and bonuses), Kirsten became the first woman to win a solo round-the-world race under sail. This achievement was celebrated in Les Sables d’Olonne, now more than ever the world capital of single-handed ocean racing. Read the article!

18 Bluewater Sailboats We Love

Bluewater sailboats
Photo: N Günther – Courtesy Hallberg-Rassy

What is bluewater sailboat? Bluewater sailboats are boats designed for extended voyages in open water. Bluewater sailboats are strong and stable, able to carry lots of fresh water and fuel for long-range cruising. In this article, we highlight 18 bluewater sailboats we love. Read the article!

DRUM: Simon Le Bon and the Extraordinary Whitbread 1985 Adventure

drum sailboat simon le bon
from duranasty webzine visual archive

DRUM: The most famous Maxi class racing yacht of her generation, was the vision of pop star Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, who fulfilled a dream when he took up the challenge of sailing the 1985 Whitbread Round The World Race. Read the article!

Hallberg-Rassy 69, The Greatest Hallberg-Rassy Ever Built… Literally!

Hallberg-Rassy 69
Credits Anton Bylund – Hallberg Rassy

The 22.22 m Hallberg-Rassy 69 is designed by German Frers, like the rest of the range. Approved in category A, the new flagship has been designed for a family crew thanks to automated maneuvers. At the same time there is room for a deckhand or skipper if desired. Read the article!

Francis Chichester, the Man who was ‘Too Old’ to Sail solo Around the World

Francis Chichester

Francis Chichester was a remarkable figure in the world of exploration and sailing. Born on September 17, 1901, in Barnstaple, England, Chichester would go on to become a renowned aviator, sailor, and adventurer. Throughout his life, he pushed the boundaries of human achievement and inspired generations with his daring exploits. From his solo flight around the world to his iconic solo circumnavigation of the globe, Chichester’s life was a testament to courage, determination, and the relentless pursuit of dreams. Read the article!

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