Highlight: The America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, brought widespread participation from many corners of the world.
Low point: Sailing fans in the US stay up late into the night only to find reruns broadcast when races are postponed.
Low point: It took nearly six months for these heroic sailors to be officially recognized for their unselfish efforts.
Highlight: The US Coast Guard celebrated its 210th birthday.
Low point: The US Coast Guard endured a very public court battle for allegedly bungling a Mayday call from the Morning Dew, the sloop whose crew of four tragically drowned near Charleston, SC, in 1997.
Low point: Almost no tall-ship activity on the West Coast during 2000.
Highlight: The 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney brought attention to sailing for the physically challenged with a record number of countries participating.
Low point: The Paralympic Games were plagued with fraudulent competitors in several sports.
Highlight: America’s Cup veteran Dennis Conner reconciled with the New York Yacht Club and got on track for the 2003 Cup match.
Low point: The core of Team New Zealand defected to new or rival syndicates around the world.
Highlight: Eric Abbott navigates the Irish Sea aboard his homemade boat.
Low point: Abbott is dubbed Captain Calamity by UK coastguards when they have to rescue him 12 times after he persists in sailing with only a 1997 road atlas for navigation.
Low point: Monnet sailed perilously close to an erupting volcano and runs low on food near the end of his trip.
Highlight: The Worrell 1000 matures in terms of entries and drama as Randy Smyth wins for an unprecedented sixth time.
Low point: Few people beyond the core sailing audience get the opportunity to witness the compelling action despite the event stopping in 13 cities.
Highlight: The long-standing North Sails vs. Sobstad lawsuit was finally settled.
Low point: Appeals and injunctions drag North Sails vs. Sobstad lawsuit out for most of 2000.
Highlight: American mainstream finally forgets about Kevin Costner's fictionalization of sailing in Water World.
Low point: The Perfect Storm casts sailors as incompetent and a burden on USCG Search and Rescue resources.
Low point: Lauwers' feat went largely unnoticed when Sailor of the Year honors were awarded to racing sailors.
Highlight: The 49er made its Olympic debut, touted as a class that would win fans for the sport given its high speeds and high-drama characteristics.
Low point: Special spinnakers displaying the nations flags disintegrated during the first day of 49er racing at the Sydney Games.
Highlight: French rower Jo Le Guen took on the Pacific Ocean in a bid to heighten awareness of the world's ailing marine ecosystems.
Low point: Le Guen suffered infections in his toes and abandoned his effort being rescued by a container ship.
Highlight: A record 24 entrants start the 2000 Vendée Globe nonstop, single-handed race around the world in November.
Low point: Midway through the race, only 17 competitors were still racing.
Highlight: GPS gets more accurate when the US government removes selective availability.
Low point: It took the US government until mid-2000 to remove selective availability.
Highlight: Sailing hits the front pages when the innovative Adrian Thomson-designed multihull marvel for The Race—the 120-foot Team Philips—is launched and christened by Queen Elizabeth.
Low point: Plagued by setbacks, Team Philips is finally abandoned at sea just eight months later.
Highlight: ISAF gives women an additional Olympic sailing discipline for 2004.
Low point: The not-so-popular Yngling is chosen as the new women’s Olympic boat for the 2004 Games in Athens.
Highlight: Solo-sailing adventurer Mike Horn completes his 16-month, non-stop trip traversing the globe along the equator by way of an F-27 trimaran, bicycle, foot, and waterboard.
Low point: Horn's incredible feat goes largely unnoticed.
In memoriam Sailing lost a number of important participants and supporters during the course of 2000; we remember them here:
Patrick O’Brian, Mary Pera, Gay Lynn, Sam Merrick, Gaither Scott, Didier Gainette, and Peter Barrett.
SailNet's 2000 Highlights
We've had a bang-up year at SailNet too, and we just couldn't resist offering you a rundown on a few of our own highlights:
January — SailNet acquires JSI, the St. Petersburg, FLbased manufacturing and retail company, and expands its services to include custom manufacturing for sailors.
March — SailNet launches a new line of sails—AirForce Sails—designed specifically for performance sailors.
April — SailNet sponsors US Men's Olympic 470 Silver Medalists Paul Foerster and Bob Merrick’s Team 2000.
May — SailNet becomes title sponsor for Beneteau's 2000 Owner Rendesvouz.
June — SailNet acquires Boatscape.com and creates a sister site targeting the retail powerboat market.
July —SailNet hosts Chicago-Mackinac Race tracking website, which proves superbly popular with well over 100,000 visits over a four-day period..
August —SailNet sponsors Etchells 22 World Championship in San Diego.
September — BoatSearch.com debuts at SailNet—a free, online, multiple-listing service for boat owners and brokers.
October — SailNet launches The Sailing Source, a monthly catalogue featuring sale specials.
November — Sailnet lauches wholesale website http://wholesale.sailnet.com.
November — SailNet sponsors Pro-Am Regatta at The Bitter End Yacht Club.
December — BoatSearch.com tops $500,000,000 in listings.
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